The Guitars of Linkin Park


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!


5/7: Pre-Tour Update

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

So I'm leaving on tour tomorrow, and of course it's right when things are REALLY getting exciting in the LP world! Ahh well, things happen. Anyway, got a lot to cover here, so bear with me:

-Youtube update: All blocked videos are now taken care of, as I re-uploaded Breaking the Habit and The Catalyst as isolated tracks over the past week. I also re-uploaded Figure.09 as an isolated track, as previously mentioned. I have one more isolated track version of a previously-uploaded song coming out Tuesday night, then once I get back from touring next week I'll be jumping right into doing a bunch of Strat songs. Speaking of the whole isolated track thing, the results from my Twitter poll are in, and by a margin of 59% to 41%, people voted that they prefer when I keep the song audio mixed with my guitar track. That also happens to be my preferred method of doing things too, so I'll be going back to that as my default for future uploads. However, in cases where a song gets blocked, I'll obviously re-upload it as an isolated track, and I'll also do isolated tracks in instances where I'm re-uploading a song for "minor" reasons, such as re-amping or doing other small edits to a previous guitar track without actually re-recording anything.

-Tabs update: I've made some pretty significant updates to my tab for Good Goodbye over the past few days, and I'm pretty sure it's correct now. After seeing Battle Symphony performed live with the full band for the first time last night, I also realize I have some changes to make to that tab as well, but I won't be able to do so until I get back from touring. I'm not going to attempt to tab Talking to Myself based on the live version at this point, as it's already known that some of the stuff Brad plays on electric guitar live is acoustic guitar on the album version of that song.

-Guitars update: I don't have a lot of stuff that needs to be added to the site so far with new guitars, but there was one grey PRS I hadn't seen before in the recent Youtube video where Brad and Benjamin went through part of Brad's guitar collection, so I need to add that, and I also need to make note of Brad using Chester's D'Angelico hollowbody during rehearsals only for Chester to end up using it for Battle Symphony on tour. Also, the new version of Leave Out All the Rest is being played in Drop D instead of Drop Db like the album version was, and Phoenix is playing the rhythm parts with Mike's Gibson SG now, instead of using PRS guitars like he did for past performances. I also need to make note that Brad's Rory Gallagher Strat is now tuned to standard tuning with a capo on the 5th fret for use on Talking to Myself.

-How about that tour, anyway? Here's the gist of it: Thank You Pizza is doing a five-day tour around Minnesota as part of McNally Smith College of Music's community outreach programs with various schools. As such, these aren't gigs at public venues, so it's probably for the best if I don't advertise them and give the wrong impression. When we were initially doing tour planning we thought it would be a mix of school gigs and public gigs, but things just didn't work out that way. Regardless, it's going to be a lot of fun, and if you follow my non-Linkin Park Instagram account (statenmusic), I'll be posting some updates throughout the tour.

This is going to be the beginning of a VERY productive period for me! I love when things get exciting.


Youtube Cover of the Week (5/1): Points of Authority (Redux) + Other Stuff + TWITTER POLL!

Posted on May 1, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

So, getting back on a semi-normal schedule here, I decided to re-record Points of Authority this week, with the big change being that I actually did it with the proper "chopping" effects found on the studio recording this time! To my knowledge, this is the first cover of the song on Youtube that actually recreates this effect properly:

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I've also updated my tabs for Points of Authority and its related versions (LPU13 demo version, Crystal Method remix, Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer), as none of my tab versions of the song really addressed the chopping effect before. I haven't updated PTS.OF.ATHRTY yet, since I still have a big round of Reanimation tab updates I need to do.

As far as my next Youtube plans go, I got my Strat back last week, which opens up a lot of new possibilities! Regardless, my next three videos will be a combination of the three I've previously mentioned doing (re-recorded Breaking the Habit, Figure.09, and The Catalyst). After that, there are a few other re-recorded versions I want to tackle at some point, but doing new Strat-related material will be my primary objective.

Also in Youtube-related news, I'd ask that you all go vote on a poll I recently posted on Twitter (pinned Tweet at the top of the page - and if you're not following me already, WTF man? Do that too!), as I'm currently trying to find out whether people would prefer that I continue to do isolated guitar covers, or go back to my previous method of mixing the guitar track with the original song (obviously this may depend on copyright claim issues, but I'd like to have one or the other be my "primary" method going forward). Right now it's a pretty evenly-matched response!

In other news, I recently posted a tab for Good Goodbye, so check that out here (it's also up on the Tabs page). Excited to see some "proper" LP live shows starting next week, looking forward to seeing some new songs played live and seeing what the guitar lineup looks like for this cycle!


4/13: Youtube AND Tabs Update!

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Yooooooo! So today I've got a couple small updates on both the video AND tabs sides of things.

-Re-uploaded Crawling videos as isolated tracks. Despite originally stating otherwise, I ended up deciding to keep the guitar tracks from my previous uploads. Only blocked videos now are Breaking the Habit and The Catalyst!

-Updated guitar information on all tracks from Recharged, as well as the two songs I currently have tabbed from the Stone Temple Pilots High Rise EP. The only song out of this batch that saw any actual content changes was A Light That Never Comes, I changed a couple small things in the lead guitar line at the end of the song (it was literally just a couple notes that changed). Working on Reanimation next, and finishing things off with The Hunting Party.

-Random information that more than likely doesn't apply to anybody viewing this website, but on the off chance any of my followers are in the Twin Cities area, my band Generic Jack has a gig at the Reverie Cafe on May 27th at 9 PM. If the idea of watching me play bass and sing super-snotty "WHOA-OH" backup vocals in a band with a repetoire of under-3-minute, folky-but-punky-but-kinda-alt-rocky songs sounds like fun to you, come check it out! We don't gig all that much, and we play in the cities even less (this is only our second Twin Cities gig in the last 3 years).


4/6: Tabs Update

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Here's a big ol' tabs update, since I haven't thrown one at you guys in a while. First of all, while I actually added it to the site a few days ago, just wanted to officially point out that my tab for Battle Symphony is up. Still haven't added the full tracklisting for One More Light yet, although it seems like at least most of the other songs on the album will have guitar in them. Just waiting to actually listen to it myself to confirm.

Secondly, I've added guitar information to all tabs in the "Other LP-Related Songs" folder. Since many of the tabs in this folder were among the ones that have gone the longest without an update (some of them hadn't been touched at all in about 8 years!), I've also done some extensive revisions to quite a few of them. This includes the following:

-We Made It - Guitar count increased from 2 to 5, added palm-muted open powerchords that appear in several places, accounted for doubling of main chorus guitar part, changed notation of feedback fade-ins

-Carry Me Away - Tuning changed from standard to Drop D w/capo at second fret, some notes swapped around between two main guitar parts

-Cry to Yourself - Song title changed from previous "State of the Art" demo title, some changes to chord voicings in main distorted rhythm parts

-Enjoy the Silence '04 - Changed Guitar 4 to a 6-string in standard tuning since it's sampled from the original version of the song

-Walking Dead - Guitar count increased from 2 to 4 to allow ending part w/flanger effect to be its own track

-Rock and Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Part 2 - Guitar count increased from 3 to 6, changed tuning on Guitar 1 to standard, split clean part during Mike's verse to its own track, added palm-muted clean part that appears near end of Mike's verse (I'd never noticed this before!), accounted for proper doubling during Chester's section, slight notation changes during intro to Chester's section, notated intro/outro clean part more accurately and tabbed full duration of intro/outro

-System - Slight changes to bridge (both guitars play the same thing at the start of each repeat of the bridge riff, a 3-note octave 0-5-x-7 interval, rather than one guitar playing an octave and the other playing an open position powerchord like I had previously)

-Never Let Me Down - All 2-note powerchords changed to 3-note versions

-It's Goin' Down - Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 to account for proper doubling (as well as Guitar 1 being a different part from the heavier guitars that appear in the choruses), slight changes to feedback fade-ins

Phew! Glad that's over with. It took me nearly a month to get all that done. Getting pretty close to done with updating all my existing tabs with guitar info. Once that's done, I've got a few other studio tabs in the works, plus One More Light will likely be out by then as well. I'm also well aware of the fact that I'm several YEARS behind on updating tabs for all of the live versions of various songs...that's gonna be a HUGE pain. Hopefully since I'm not taking classes this summer, I'll have enough time to start tackling that project. This tabs archive is one of those things that I'm not entirely convinced will EVER be completely done, but I'm going to try!