The Guitars of Linkin Park


1/5 Update: New guitars...sort of!

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year! I've finally done some catching up on studio photos from sessions for the band's seventh album (which is basically finished at this point, from what I know). While I haven't found any "new" guitars, I have found numerous pictures of different band members using guitars I previously hadn't seen them with - Brad with Ethan Mates' vintage Gibson SG, Mike with Brad's Custom Shop Strat, etc., so you'll see some new stuff on all four of the guitar-related pages. I also found a better photo of Brad with the "Cardboard Chaos" Strat, so that entry has been updated as well, as has a little bit of information on a few other entries. Looks like the band is sticking with the same array of guitars they used for The Hunting Party for the most part!

Anyway, had a good recording session today...right now my tentative plan is to start uploading videos again sometime the week of January 23rd. Working on some more tabs-related stuff when I'm not recording, too!


Youtube Cover of the Week (6/13): Final Masquerade/Brad section updates

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

My original plan for this weekend involved recording two different songs, but waking up to the news of the massive shooting in Orlando yesterday kind of killed my motivation to get the second song done. I'll do it next week...anyway, I decided to re-record Guitar 2 of Final Masquerade this week because there were some out-of-tune chords in my original recording that were bugging me. I also used some different AmpliTube settings this time around, and I think it sounds a lot better.

For the sake of reference, here's my video for Guitar 1 again:

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And here's the re-recorded version of Guitar 2:

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In other news, I did some updating to Brad's section...learned some new info about several of the variants of the "soldier" PRS guitars, added a cool story about one of the "LP Burst" PRS guitars, and added some new info about Brad's original blue CE 24. I also added a new entry for a Fender bass that Brad was recently photographed with in the studio.

Short update today, gotta run to work in a few minutes!


New Brad Guitar/Condemned Tab/Misc. Updates

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Pretty decent-sized update today! First of all, there's a new guitar in Brad's section, an as-yet-unknown acoustic that he was photographed with in the studio recently. Secondly, a rare tab update for you Dead By Sunrise fans, I've finally tabbed Condemned! Still two songs left on that album to finish the rate I'm going, I might have them done by the album's tenth anniversary in 2019, haha.

Speaking of tab updates, I've actually started the process of adding a new formatting touch to my tabs and specifiying what types of guitars (to the best of my knowledge) are used on each song. You'll notice this information near the top of each tab, in between the list of guitar parts and my opening paragraph. Currently, I've applied this format to all of my bass tabs, as well as songs from A Thousand Suns, Collision Course, and Dead By Sunrise (everything on Out of Ashes, plus Morning After). You'll probably notice that I've cut down the length of the opening paragraphs on quite a few songs, I felt that there was a lot of information in them that was made redundant by just reading the tabs themselves. I'll be continuing this process over the next few weeks, and posting updates on my progress periodically.

Lastly, I also made a few updates to my gear page. I've re-acquired a few older pieces of gear that had spent the last several years in Ohio, and I also recently retired my trusty old Boss TU-2 after nearly 14 years of use, and replaced it with an updated TU-3.

I'll be recording another song tomorrow and posting it next weekend (it also won't be Pushing Me Away/Shadow of the Day like I previously mentioned, my Ibanez is in need of some setup work so I'm doing a "Strat song" instead). Sorry for the sporadic Youtube videos, it's really hard to keep up with recording them with my current workload at college. Thanks for being patient with me, though!


Youtube Cover of the Week (1/4): Figure.09/More Updates

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

O HAI. Finally getting back into a semi-normal routine...between my dad passing away in August, moving and starting college in September, not having Internet for about a month, and just generally having too much other stuff going on, it's been a while since I had time to post anything! I have several things to mention in this post, so bear with me...

First of all, this week's cover is Figure.09. Pretty standard Meteora-era guitar work, with the exception of the tapped harmonic line that appears in two spots.

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Second, while I normally don't do cross-posts from my non-Linkin Park Youtube channel here, I did want to mention that I recently recorded a full cover of Ace of Spades as a tribute to the two members of Motorhead who have passed away recently (Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor), as well as my dad, since we used to play this song together all the time. I'm planning on using my second channel more frequently in the future too, so I'm also kind of reminding everyone that it exists!

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Third, I've updated the site a bit. I added one new guitar each to Brad and Chester's sections, updated some info in Chester's section, and updated the About/Contact page a little. I'm also finally updating the My Gear page, I added detailed entries for all of my guitars, although I haven't uploaded pictures yet. The rest of my gear is still listed the way it was's going to take me a while to finish that section, but it'll look a lot better when it's done.

Since I've been so busy and updating infrequently, I'll be straightforward about my future plans: My next two covers are going to be Pushing Me Away and Shadow of the Day. I THINK I'll be able to get them uploaded the next two weekends (1/8 and 1/15), but I start school again on the 11th, so we'll see what happens. After that, I don't expect that I'll be able to keep up a weekly upload schedule, but I'll keep posting videos as often as possible. There are a handful of videos that I may go back and re-record for a variety of reasons (thankfully, my recent videos have usually been good enough that I don't see myself ever needing to redo them, but there are a few exceptions). I'm also working on some significant tab updates.

*Edit* Also, I have NO IDEA why it says this blog entry was posted 12 hours in the's 12:45 PM on January 4th here. I'm no Marty McFly, trust me.

Hope everybody's having a good new year so far!


8/10: Major Update!

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys! I know it's been about a month since I posted any kind of update. There's some new content on the site for you today, but first, a more personal update, since I figured I owe everyone an explanation for my lack of updates lately, in terms of Youtube videos, tabs, and everything. Quite simply, I have a lot going on right now. Some of it is good stuff - I start at McNally Smith College of Music on September 9th, I'm in the process of finding a new place to live and getting ready to move, and I'm busy with some other musical projects. Some of it is not-so-good stuff - I'm currently dealing with the final stages of a terminal illness in my immediate family (I'll talk about this more when the time is right, for now I kindly ask for some privacy in the matter), and I had an accident at work a couple weeks back that almost cost me the tip of my left index finger. It's thankfully healing up pretty quickly, but I probably won't be able to play guitar for at least another week. Good thing I play bass in my band, I can get away with using my middle finger for everything doing that!

Anyway, on to some more relevant stuff: Big guitar update today! No photos this time, since there are quite a few of them, but here's a list of everything new:

Brad's section:
-Better picture of silver PRS from Skive, Denmark show in 2008

-Updated info and 2 new pictures of purple Masterbuilt Strat from C rig that was used in Brazil in October of 2014

-New entry for the black Masterbuilt Strat currently being used in the C rig that recently debuted in China last month

Mike's section:
-New Fender Precision bass seen in music video for "Welcome"

-New PRS S2 Singlecut Standard being used for recent Fort Minor live performances

Misc. Guitars section:
-Deleted entry on the black Masterbuilt Strat, as it's now found on Brad's page

I'll probably have some smaller-scale updates later this week, I need to double-check what guitars are being used in each rig these days (I think some of Mike's guitars in particular have been swapped around from what I have listed currently), and I still have some minor corrections to make to a few tabs. Hope everyone's doing well!