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    Quote Originally Posted by joezlo View Post
    Eh, Ed's still Ed. The "dry sound" also proved he could still play better than any body and didn't have to hide behind anything wet so to speak; hell that might have even been why he did it - to prove the point it was him playing.
    True, he still had the infinity sustain which is probably what was most important. When I saw them in 07 he could have used a little effects though, he was struggling a little with his picking hand at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joezlo View Post
    Dude, the older I get, the more I think the "tone" on the 1st 6 albums has more to do with Templeman & Landee than Ed. (Hot Take!)
    While Ted definitely played a part in shaping the sound of the band. Ed’s guitar sound was solidified as early as 75-77’ based on the club bootlegs that are available. Had nothing to do with Ted.

    And the guitar tone/sound on those early albums, especially II and WACF was basically just a low output humbucker equipped guitar into dimed Marshall.

    Ed’s sound was essentially identical to Billy Gibbons’ early live sound.


    It’s what kills me about the Wolfgang pickups now and people that put Duncan JB’s in their EVH replicas. None of those early guitar sounds were produced with an overly hot pickup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    While Ted definitely played a part in shaping the sound of the band. Ed’s guitar sound was solidified as early as 75-77’ based on the club bootlegs that are available. Had nothing to do with Ted.

    And the guitar tone/sound on those early albums, especially II and WACF was basically just a low output humbucker equipped guitar into dimed Marshall.

    Ed’s sound was essentially identical to Billy Gibbons’ early live sound.


    It’s what kills me about the Wolfgang pickups now and people that put Duncan JB’s in their EVH replicas. None of those early guitar sounds were produced with an overly hot pickup.


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    I agree that Ed's sound was solidified as on those bootlegs, but I respectfully disagree that those bootlegs sound the same as VH1. VH2, yes; it's more there.

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    Van Halen Hot Take

    Ed's Ernie Ball Music Man is just as iconic to me as any of the striped guitars. I prefer that beautiful beast compared to any of the hacked together striped guitars.



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    a player needs to know how to play piano before they can sound like EVH. he plays the guitar like a keyboard. maybe he couldn’t read music but he sure knew all the chord shapes and where they belonged.

    my hottest take is ed was inspired by the keyboard and all his best work is on 84/5150. the guitar playing and song structure/chords were heavily influenced by his keyboard playing and that was when he was most in holdsworth mode on the records. ou812 is an honorable mention, if sammy wrote lyrics that weren’t so bad that one would have been up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iplayguitaralot View Post
    a player needs to know how to play piano before they can sound like EVH. he plays the guitar like a keyboard. maybe he couldn’t read music but he sure knew all the chord shapes and where they belonged.
    That’s a reasonable take but it’s not really accurate at all, from a guitar playing standpoint.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    That’s a reasonable take but it’s not really accurate at all, from a guitar playing standpoint.


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    Considering the amount of songs he wrote on keyboard and switched to guitar I respectfully disagree. (But that's why its a hot take!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby5150 View Post
    Van Halen Hot Take

    Ed's Ernie Ball Music Man is just as iconic to me as any of the striped guitars. I prefer that beautiful beast compared to any of the hacked together striped guitars.


    Agree completely. I'll never forget seeing the 1st ad in a guitar mag and I didn't get it at all. It looked like some semi-acoustic country thing to me... and then FUCK was released and I was hooked. It's easily his most iconic signature guitar. Even more amazing it was only produced as a signature for about 4 years and ~7000 guitars in total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imthe1 View Post
    Agree completely. I'll never forget seeing the 1st ad in a guitar mag and I didn't get it at all. It looked like some semi-acoustic country thing to me... and then FUCK was released and I was hooked. It's easily his most iconic signature guitar. Even more amazing it was only produced as a signature for about 4 years and ~7000 guitars in total.
    I have yet to see/play an authentic EBMM during the Ed production run. But I would be fascinated to try one. Too much of an investment for me though.

 

 

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