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Here I am once again with my good friend and terrifying guitarist, Chris Brooks, doing another collaboration.
We had such a good time on The 80s Called (And It Wants Its Awesome Back) that we knew we had to do something else. This time, rather than the fun cheese-laden shred-fest that we did last time, we focused on tasty blues based soloing (with a bit of fire thrown in because, hey, we’re guitarists – you know we can’t help ourselves!)
I really wanted to show off the tonal range of my ESP E-II LT-27 signature guitar, especially the Seymour Duncan Custom 5 and Hot Rails (neck) pickups. All of the “Strat/Tele” single coil tones you hear on my solos are from these pickups, usually in the Bridge+Neck / Spit Coil configuration. Occasionally I’ll dip into single pickups, or a humbucker to beef up a run. Tones are from Podfarm 2.5, based on a Soldano amp model.
Chris was playing through a Kemper with his Charvel SoCal, loaded with Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, which are sensational (his first solo begins at 2:00 in the song – I’m sure you’ll be able to pick who is who after that). My first custom guitar had Duncan Distortions in there and I’ve always had a soft-spot for them, and Chris proves here that they’re great for all kinds of playing, not just hard rock / metal.