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11/30: Update to Brad's page/Tab updates

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's update brings much more positivity than the previous one!


First of all, I've switched to Imgur for photo hosting, and so far, they've been amazing (fingers crossed that it stays that way). I've updated Brad's page with new photo links, and from now on, all photos on a particular page will also be available in chronological order in a dedicated Imgur album as well (each photo on Imgur also has a short summary of the guitar model/finish and when it was used). The album for Brad's page is here: https://imgur.com/a/YkK8s


While working on this update, I've also acquired photos of two new previously-unknown guitars! One is an Ibanez RG2120X that was among many guitars that Brad smashed in 2003, and the other is an Ibanez RG470 that was briefly used as a backup guitar for baritone tunings in 2003...but also ended up being smashed! I've also discovered a LOT of new information on other guitars, so here's a quick summary!


-The Ibanez AX series guitar Brad was photographed with at one show in 2000 was actually an AX520, not a customized AX120 as I previously thought.

-The acoustic guitar Brad played on My December at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas in 2000 was actually a Taylor 814ce, not a Takamine as I previously thought. Also, Brad surprisingly brought this guitar out of retirement to perform Sharp Edges at the Chester tribute show last month, so I added a second photo of it from that performance!

-I recieved confirmation that the Takamine guitars Brad and the rest of the band used for many years were Dragon series instruments, although I still don't know the exact model. I also changed the date of the guitar's last stage use from 2013 to 2014...I literally forgot that the Concert for the Philippines was a thing, lol. Whoops.

-I took a better photo of Brad's old Fernandes that I now have, since I'm working on getting photos of all my gear anyway.

-I found out that Brad actually played the customized Tim Mahoney SE on No More Sorrow for two shows in 2011, not just one like I previously thought.

-Made note that Brad's black PRS DC3 was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.

-Found out that the acoustic guitar Brad played for the Spotify headquarters appearance was a Gibson SJ-200, and found a better picture of it.

-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.


Lastly, on the tabs side of things, I've made updates to two songs. Multitracks for Forgotten have surfaced online, which led me to make a few small changes to strumming patterns throughout the song, and I made a small change to Sorry for Now, as I realized Guitars 5 and 6 follow the melody played by Guitar 7 at the end of the first part of the outro.


So that's a big chunk of work out of the way...but I've still got a LOT more to do to get caught up! Working on getting Mike's page updated with new links next.


-Anthony

11/24: Tab Updates/The Future, Part II

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys! Haven't thrown an update your way in a while, so allow me to catch you up on everything that's been going on since July...


Tabs-wise, I've done a few things lately, I just haven't posted individual updates on here as I've done them, so here's a list:
-One More Light tabs are done! Nobody Can Save Me, Sorry for Now, Halfway Right, and Sharp Edges are all posted.
-I made a major update to Rebellion, as I re-evaluated the way I'd tabbed it previously and decided to redo everything to be in the same Drop C tuning, rather than having some parts in Drop C and some in Drop D. Daron played all of the guitars on the recording, so it only makes sense that it would all be in the same tuning anyway.
-Pretty significant update to Lost in the Echo, as I completely failed to notate the auto-gating/"chopping" effects on some of the guitar parts previously. They're all accounted for now.
-Based on the "last updated" tag on the file, I apparently updated SOMETHING in my tab for Wretches and Kings a few weeks ago, but I can't figure out what it was! I'm thinking it was probably just fixing a typo/clarifying some stuff in the description, but see if you can notice a difference I guess?


In other news, I've also quietly updated some stuff on the My Gear page. I have a new Yamaha acoustic guitar and got rid of the Ovation I had for many years. I also have a Pedaltrain pedalboard now and I've redone my effects routing considerably (my old homemade board is now used for stuff I put in the effects loop, so I actually have a two-board setup at the moment!).


As for my plans of what to do next...first of all, I really need to get the rest of my photos migrated over from Photobucket. That's my top priority with the site, it's just stupidly tedious work. I also have several photos of new guitars that will be uploaded once all of the old stuff is moved over (most notably, I have a photo of a previously-unknown guitar from way back in 2004 that I think you guys will find pretty interesting!). I've also slacked off on taking photos of all of my gear for way too long, so I'll get around to doing that as well.


As far as future tabs/covers go, my primary goals with tabs right now are the Beta State/Ryan Giles songs from LPU 13, the remaining 3 songs from the High Rise EP Chester did with Stone Temple Pilots, and the rest of the Mall soundtrack. After that, I have several years of LPU songs to catch up on, and after THAT, I'll start the monumental task of completely redoing all of my live version tabs (the system I have for them right now is really convoluted and everything is outdated by about 4 years anyway). Covers-wise, I've finally got a place set up to record at my new apartment (the biggest delay I ran into was actually unpacking after I moved - I had NO IDEA where my LP CD collection was, so I couldn't rip songs to my computer to record along with!), but only for a few weeks, as my daughter is due to be born the first week of January, and I'm pretty sure the room I currently have all my gear set up in is going to turn into a nursery! I've got a few things I'm definitely planning on doing, and since I just wrapped up tabbing the last song on One More Light today, I think tomorrow's a good day to get back into recording mode!


-Anthony

7/11: Photos Update/New Brad Guitars/Talking to Myself Tab

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I finished up all of the photo hosting updates for Brad's page yesterday! Glad to have that out of the way, as it was by far the page with the most photos on it. I've uploaded all of the photos for Mike's page to Facebook, and I'll be working on updating the linked photos on his page over the next few days.


Speaking of Brad, I also added two new guitars to his page. One is his new Martin acoustic that he's been using for performances of Sharp Edges, the other is an old Les Paul copy that he smashed as part of a magazine interview/photoshoot way back in 2002 or 2003. I remember seeing those photos YEARS ago and had been searching for them for a while, as it seemed like none of the fansites had them uploaded anywhere.


I also uploaded a tab for Talking to Myself a few days ago, I just didn't post about it at the time because I knew this photo update was going to be posted soon anyway. I'm working on Nobody Can Save Me next! As for recording, I've kind of put things on hold while I deal with this photo hosting thing, along with a host of other things (taking care of my pregnant wife, working up to 15 hours a day 3 or 4 days a week, planning a vacation at the end of August, searching for a new apartment and getting ready to move in September, trying to find time to get ready for my last semester of college...). Recording, mixing, filming, and editing one song is usually a 2-day process for me now, so it's hard to fit in around everything else. I still have a few things in the works though - I know I've been avoiding anything involving acoustic guitar parts lately because I've never been able to get the sound out of my Ovation that I want, but when I visit my family I'm going to see if I can record some stuff with my brother's guitar (he has a BEAUTIFUL old Taylor jumbo acoustic that sounds incredible), and maybe finally get stuff like The Messenger, The Little Things Give You Away, A Light That Never Comes, Talking to Myself, and Castle of Glass recorded in a way that I'm happy with. We'll see!


-Anthony

Youtube COVERS (PLURAL!!!) of the Week (5/22): Valentine's Day/Good Goodbye + Tabs Update

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Alright, been doing a LOT of recording since I got back from tour, so I actually posted TWO songs over the past week. First of all, we have a somewhat-overlooked Minutes to Midnight song in Valentine's Day...


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...and secondly, my first cover of a One More Light song, Good Goodbye:


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I'll be doing at least one more song from the new album next, after that I don't have a specific plan other than focusing mainly on songs with a lot of Strat guitar work. That obviously covers a big selection of songs...


As far as tabs go, I recently posted a tab for Invisible, so check that out, and I've done pretty substantial updating to all four songs I've posted from the new album so far. As I expected, these new songs have been a constantly-evolving thing when it comes to tab corrections, but I THINK what I have now for these four tracks is correct in terms of what appears on the studio recordings (the live versions of Invisible and Battle Symphony both have parts that differ substantially from the album versions). I'm currently working on the other two songs that are being performed live presently (One More Light and Talking to Myself), then I'll tackle the remaining four songs last.


Yay for new Linkin Park music to tackle!

-Anthony

5/14: Tabs Update/Minutes to Midnight Anniversary

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys! Got back from tour Friday night, things went extremely well - we ended up playing 14 shows in 5 days, no big deal. Anyway, first order of business is that I've completely redone my tab for Battle Symphony after listening to the instrumental version more closely (it hasn't been officially released, but it's out there...), as well as picking up on some stuff from the live version. Still may not be PERFECT, but it's a vast improvement from the original! I also added entries for Invisible, Talking to Myself, and One More Light, although they haven't been tabbed yet. I'll see if I can get Invisible done before the album comes out later this week, and of course the other two have only been played live so far.


I'm getting a pretty good idea of what guitars are being used on this touring cycle, the A rig was used for 3 of the 4 shows on the recent South American tour, and the C rig was used for the show in Lima. I'm guessing the B rig will make its first appearance in Europe next month...still not a lot of new stuff to report, but there are a few guitars that have been shifted around, so I'll be keeping an eye out and once I've seen all 3 rigs' current status, I'll make the appropriate updates to the site.


Lastly, a lot of fansites are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Minutes to Midnight today...I live in the U.S., so that anniversary technically isn't until tomorrow for me. I'm going to be covering a song I haven't played in a pretty long time tomorrow in celebration...hope you all enjoy it!


-Anthony