The Guitars of Linkin Park


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

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

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:

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.


11/26: I'M REALLY FRUSTRATED. (Photo Hosting Update)

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (3)

So it's come to my attention that Facebook periodically changes URLs for images uploaded to their server...meaning all of the photos I had re-uploaded on Brad's page now don't work...meaning I have to find an alternative photo hosting option AGAIN.

Wish me luck. I'm starting to wonder if this is just more trouble than it's worth...


*UPDATE* Looks like I'm going with Imgur I guess? Hope they don't do anything to screw me over like my previous three options have...

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!


8/16: A Tribute to Chester/The Future

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (4)

I apologize for not updating the site over the past few weeks...I'm sure you guys understand why. I've spent the majority of my time since July 20th working on this, as I felt like I had to do SOMETHING in honor of a guy who's been a huge part of my musical life. This is largely based on the 2017 live version of Leave Out All the Rest, with some additional elements from the studio version added back into the mix, along with an extended piano intro (from the "Ballad Medley" with Leave Out All the Rest, Shadow of the Day, and Iridescent), and an extended outro/guitar solo. I did everything on this - guitar, bass, and vocals, and all of the synths, piano, and drums were programmed in Stagelight. I wanted to make the video all about Chester, so I found a bunch of my favorite live photos of him from over the years and kept footage of me to a minimum. I hope you guys like it!

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As for the future of both this website and my Youtube projects...I definitely plan to keep working on them to some extent. I'll at least finish getting all of the guitar photos migrated over to new hosting, and I'll continue updating the tabs archive periodically. With the very likely possibility that Linkin Park may be "done," it saddens me to think that this is a project that might one day be completely finished. I'm moving again at the end of the month, so I'm not in a rush to record more Youtube covers, but once I'm settled in at my new place, I'll consider it. Immersing myself in Linkin Park-related music is a lot more emotionally challenging and a lot less fun than it was a few weeks ago, so I'm not particularly excited to jump back into things at the moment (I always told myself this would be something I'd keep doing for as long as it' was fun for me). I anticipate that with time, I'll get back into it, but for now, I'm not going to emotionally torture myself just to post another guitar cover or whatever. I'll still be an active member of the community though, as the mutual support I've seen from the LP fan community over the past few weeks has been overwhelmingly helpful. If anybody needs someone to talk to, I'm more than willing to be there. You know where to find me!

Stay strong, everyone. We'll all get through this.


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!