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6/14: Various Updates + Announcement!

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (1)

I've got a few things to announce today! First of all, while I'm not calling it a "Youtube cover of the week," per se, I did upload an updated cover of Lies Greed Misery over the weekend. I redid this one to fix some editing issues with my first attempt, plus I added my favorite compressor plugin in the effects chain. This was a quick one since I was busy all weekend...recording something more substantial for this weekend!


Second, some guitar updates:

-I thought Brad was carrying 3 Strats in each rig on this tour, but he's actually only carrying 2 - the Strat he has in standard tuning for One More Light/Talking to Myself also serves as his backup guitar, as evidenced by him using his Rory Gallagher Strat on some Drop D-tuned songs on the current European tour, even though they're using the A rig for this tour and he's also been seen using his pink Strat.
-As a result of the above information, I've realized that the purple Time Machine Strat and sunburst Road Worn Strat have actually not been brought back into active duty, like I previously thought. I've updated entries on those guitars to reflect this.
-Also, since Brad's using the Inca Silver Strat as his backup in the C rig, that means he's actually only using 2 of the Rory Gallagher Strats now, strangely enough.
-Brad also has a new Martin acoustic/electric that he's using for performances of Sharp Edges, but I haven't found a particularly good photo of it yet - I'll add it to the site as soon as I do!
-As I predicted, Chester did end up adding that plum-colored D'Angelico Deluxe DC to his arsenal, it's his A rig guitar now (the red Premier DC is now exclusively in the C rig).


Lastly, a rare personal announcement...while many of you have probably seen this on my various social media accounts already, I'm excited to say that my wife (who I met on the LPU) is 10 weeks pregnant with our first child! Mike Shinoda even gave us a little shout-out on Twitter earlier, which immediately blew my phone up with push notifications, haha.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (6/5): Invisible + New Chester Guitar

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Posting Monday's cover of the week on Tuesday because I had a gig this weekend and got a late start on recording, just got the videos up a couple hours ago! I tackled another new song this week, this time it's the pretty light-on-guitar Invisible...I threw in an improvised solo in the first video for the hell of it. I like to remind people (myself included) that I'm actually sort of a competent lead guitarist when I want to be. I'm not paying nearly 30 grand a year to go to music school and NOT know how to improvise!


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I also added a new guitar to Chester's page, it's an MJT Guitars Telecaster copy that the band has been using in the studio since 2013, which was already on the Misc. Guitars page.


Probably going to step back and do an older song for next week's cover, and I'm also working on tabbing Talking to Myself as I type this.


-Anthony

6/1: Big Guitars Update!

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As promised, here's my biggest guitars update in several years! You may have seen some of the new stuff periodically added to the website over the past few days (I didn't add everything all at once), but it's officially done now. Here are some of the highlights:


-All "active touring use" guitars have been updated, and are current as of the iHeartRadio album release show on May 22nd. Some guitars have changed rigs/tunings, some are no longer in use as of this tour, and some have returned after absences. I'll admit that I'm making educated guesses on a few of the backup guitars (particularly for Brad), but I'm fairly confident that all of this information is correct.


-New Brad stuff: A Jazzmaster from the One More Light recording sessions, a new backup PRS that I'd never seen before, and a couple oddities - one of Chester's D'Angelico guitars (from rehearsals), and a random acoustic guitar from a promo performance in New York.


-New Mike stuff: Nothing! Mike's guitar arsenal doesn't seem to have changed at all for this album, other than a few guitars being moved around.


-New Chester stuff: Chester is now a D'Angelico Guitars artist, and is playing two (soon to be three, probably) of their DC models on tour for "Battle Symphony." There's also a random Tanglewood acoustic guitar he's been seen with a couple times recently.


-New Misc. Guitars stuff: "Leave Out All the Rest" is back in the set for the first time in several years, and Phoenix is now playing Mike's SG's on it! There are also new pictures of Phoenix and Joe playing Takamine acoustic guitars.


Now that this is out of the way, back to tabbing and recording. Yaaaaaay!

-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (5/29): Heavy + Big Guitars Update Incoming

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Moving right along with these new songs, I tackled the new album's incredibly divisive lead single Heavy this week. Not a ton of guitar in this one, but still considerably more than people tend to give it credit for:


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Nothing else to post TODAY...but I do have a MAJOR guitars update in the works for sometime in the next couple days. I did update one guitar with a better photo a few days ago (Mike playing the blackberry burst Sustainer-equipped PRS on Waiting for the End - LP posted a really nice picture of him with that guitar on Instagram), but everything else is going to be updated in one fell swoop. New touring cycles are always fun times!


-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


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