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    Default New interview with Eddie's guitar tech Tom Weber! Lots of great EVH stories!



    Lots of cool Eddie stories, a great one about Spanish Fly
    around 36 minutes in!
    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
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    Guitar tech from when to when?
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    Pretty sure he took over mid-way through the '07-'08 tour and stayed on for '12 and '15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post

    ...
    Lots of cool Eddie stories, a great one about Spanish Fly
    around 36 minutes in!
    Whoa! Cool stuff, James.

    Once again, thanks for sharing it here!
    TT: "Wow, you can play acoustic guitar?"
    EVH: "Sure. What's the difference? It's got six strings... It's a guitar!" - 31.12.1978
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    I watched this last night. Great show with some amazing stories.

    I cant wait to see him back on there again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Guitar tech from when to when?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Pretty sure he took over mid-way through the '07-'08 tour and stayed on for '12 and '15.
    Yes, 2007 til 2015... Maybe 2021?

    He's on good terms with Eddie, loved the way Eddie and Matt interviewed him for the job, great story!

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Ribeiro View Post
    Whoa! Cool stuff, James.

    Once again, thanks for sharing it here!
    You got it, SR!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchie5150 View Post
    I watched this last night. Great show with some amazing stories.

    I cant wait to see him back on there again.
    Me too, Dutchie!
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    -Kahil Gibran

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    That was great, man. Thanks, James!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    That was great, man. Thanks, James!
    You got it, brother!

    Loved that Spanish Fly story!
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    But you are life and you
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    But you are eternity
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    -Kahil Gibran

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    Spanish Fly was great!
    Also, loved the 2007 story. About how he kept his guitar in tune. Ed would switch after song two, but 13 songs in he was still playing it. Matt said it was VH history!. That was cool.

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    Link doesn’t come up for me. Anyone willing to post a few “Reader’s Digest” versions of some of the better stories?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Destructo3 View Post
    Link doesn’t come up for me. Anyone willing to post a few “Reader’s Digest” versions of some of the better stories?
    Three main EVH stories, IIRC.

    1) Tom first met Eddie during the OU812 tour. Tom was an audio engineer at a venue, heard a story that the Spanish Fly ovation was broken during a fight between Ed and Al, and Tom just so happened to have a similar Ovation he didn't want, so he gifted it to Ed. They hung out, played guitar and drank for hours.

    2) The audition process for the tech job consisted of Tom going to 5150, Matt Bruck handing him a new Wolfgang, and asking Tom to set it up the way he thinks Eddie would like it. Tom assumed:
    • Ed had a strong handshake, so he intonated flat to compensate for Ed's heavy right hand technique
    • Similarly, he tuned flat to compensate for Ed's heavy pick hand technique
    • Ed's got a classical piano background so it's more important to have chords in tune with eachother than the opening, so he tuned the guitar to particular chords rather than the open notes being in tune

    Matt took the guitar to Ed, it got Ed's approval, and Tom was told to set up another guitar at his hotel that night "to see if he was that good or to see if he was lucky." When he brought the second Wolfgang back he met with Ed, and that's when Ed realized he knew Tom (but didn't remember where from).

    3) Tom had originally ordered a custom Kramer double neck guitar. When he called to check in on it he found out that they had given it to Ed - and part of Ed's contract was anything they made for him couldn't be made for anybody else. Turns out it was the Diver Down Secrets double neck. So obviously Tom never got that guitar, but he ended up having a great relationship with Kramer through those events.

    #2 is supported by an interview with 2004 tour tech Lonnie Totman where he detailed Ed's tuning process. A Guitar World from around the 2015 tour also has the offest tuning Tom used to ballpark Ed's desired tuning.
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    And just to add to Jedi's great summary, when Tom gave Eddie the Ovation guitar, Eddie was blown away, saying people always want something
    from him...and here is Tom just giving him a guitar for nothing!

    Also, when Eddie checked the tuning during Tom's audition for the job,
    He said where have you been my whole life?
    No one had ever gotten the tuning right...
    Beauty is life when life unveils
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    But you are life and you
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    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
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    But you are eternity
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    -Kahil Gibran

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    In other news, Rudy Leiren, EVH's guitar tech 1978-1998 is now working for Bryan Adams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    In other news, Rudy Leiren, EVH's guitar tech 1978-1998 is now working for Bryan Adams.
    Beauty is life when life unveils
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    But you are life and you
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    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
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    But you are eternity
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    -Kahil Gibran

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    A good little article about Tom Weber during the 2007-2008 Tour.

    https://www.mlive.com/grpress/2008/0...urns_to_g.html
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