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    Cool interview! Thanks for posting
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    Great!!!
    Thanks
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    "He knows what he needs to do what he does," Weber said of Van Halen. "So far, we seem to have established a good working relationship and friendship. You have a short period of time to prove the trust that is to be born between you. It's a matter of creating the communication between the artist and the tech and the manufacturer."


    I seem to have a good working relationship with my boss too then
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    I wish he'd gone into detail about his "string stretching method".
    30 years of tuning gtrs and I still don't have it down.

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    Sounds like this guy is a keeper for future tours.

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    It'll be interesting what Lonnie Totman has to say, if anything, about this interview. He's the tech who bailed before the tour even got started and is one bitter dude when it comes to EVH and Matt Bruck.

    Lonnie's posts on HugeRacksInc.com aren't huge on details, but there's enough there to get the idea he thinks Ed's an enormous prick - and someone who's extremely difficult to work with. His post on how to tune Eddie's guitar is one of the most fucked up things I've ever read about anything to do with guitar playing. I'm not sure if it's been posted here before, but here it is. Imagine doing this in a loud arena with Eddie slamming the headstock of his guitar into the stage during a temper tantrum.

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    Taken directly from former EVH guitar tech Lonnie Totman . . .

    Ed's bizarre tuning:

    This all MUST be done by ear with exception of first pitch. Programming offsets into a tuner will NOT work.

    Notes:
    > this tuning sequence typically needs to be done a couple times because everything "floats" so much (finger pressure, bridge etc.)

    > this tuning is TOTALLY dependent on mimicking Ed's finger pressure. If you press differently it all changes

    > A couple chords like "open D" usually sound fairly out. Ed has a pretty heavy hand and naturally pulls them in. So if this is a little weird sounding its normal.

    TUNING:
    #1: reference the 4th string open D to 440 with tuner this is ONLY time tuner is used with exception of a few strings while doing intonation

    #2: next step (by ear) - on 9th fret barre with 3rd finger on 4th, 3rd, 2nd strings. Your aiming for NO BEATING BETWEEN THESE 3 PITCHES. The whole tuning revolves around this section.
    (this drops the B sting a lot (approx. 14 cents or more)
    (its very important to make sure first finger is placed on 5th string 7th fret even though you don't play it, changes everything if you don't).

    #3: Get the 1st string open E by playing it against the 2nd string open B WITH NO BEATING. (drops the E approx. 11 cents or more).

    #4: To get the 5th string do a simple open A barre on 2nd fret with your first finger. Match the 5th and 3rd string for no beating. (4th string should be pretty much in).

    #5: To get the 6th string C# PULL OUT THE D TUNER. Barre the first fret with your first finger. Match the 6th string first fret with the 4th string first fret with NO BEATING.

    #6: To set D Tuner fine tuning push the D Tuner back in (normal setting). Place first finger on 7th fret and 4th string 9th fret with third finger. Fine tune these two pitches with no beating (allen screw on D Tuner)


    INTONATION:

    #1: Intonation for 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th strings can be done with a tuner like normal. If a little fine tuning is required trust your ear.

    #2: To get 2nd string intonation play a B major triad on 9th fret (B-9th fret/4th string, D#-8th fret/3rd string, F#-7th fret/2nd string). Play one pitch at a time staring with B. Typically the F# will be way out. Adjust the 2nd string intonation to make the F# in with the rest of B major triad.

    #3: To get the 5th string intonation play an E major on 7th fret (E-7th fret/5th string with first finger, Barre with 3rd finger on 9th fret for B,E,G#). Typically the E on 5th string will be out. Adjust the 5th string intonation to make the 5th string E in with rest of E major chord.

    None of this was explained to me. I compiled it by watching him fine tune during sound-checks etc.
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    Good article !
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    Thanks for the interview!
    Good stuff!


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    "I've sat with him and watched him do things that you can't do. Ed doesn't play guitar; the guitar submits to Ed's will. It's truly an amazing thing. It's a very inspiring place to be."

    Classic quote right there.
    "One of the reasons I left Sabbath was because Van Halen was blowing us off the stage every night. It was embarrassing." -Ozzy Osbourne

    "When I first heard "Runnin' With The Devil" on the radio, I was stunned and found myself dizzy, walking through my high school hallways thinking, "What was THAT?!"
    Eddie Van Halen was so innovative and kicked so much ass, and David Lee Roth was for a time indisputably the Greatest Man in America.
    If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." -Tom Morello

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    Man. Id love to have that job.
    I boil my strings for twenty minutes. Never had a stretching problem since.
    That Lonnie shit just sounds like crap. Bitter fuck.
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    Cool article. I wonder what guitar shop he owns in Cincinnati.
    That's a pretty good reference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie3 View Post
    "I've sat with him and watched him do things that you can't do. Ed doesn't play guitar; the guitar submits to Ed's will. It's truly an amazing thing. It's a very inspiring place to be."

    Classic quote right there.
    That one caught my eye, too.
    Stay strong, Edward!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvH_316_5150 View Post


    I seem to have a good working relationship with my boss too then
    I wonder if he got chewed out that night.

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    Shit. I bet he got more then that. The last thing you want is your boss to be that pissed.
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