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12/20: Tab Updates

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Oh, you thought I was done for the year? Me too. But here's a surprise for you, I finally tabbed the Xero demo (and I did it all in one evening of work)! Links are up on the tabs page. I also made an update to the verse riff in the tab for Tomorrow I just posted a couple days ago, and I made some slight adjustments to both the studio and demo versions of Forgotten (I added blank staves where applicable to show the proper duration of the bridge).


Now, on to tabbing three years' worth of LPU songs!


-Anthony

12/18: Updates

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys! Sneaking in another update before the end of the year here. I've added one new guitar to the Misc. Guitars page (a red Telecaster that Matt Harris has been playing on Mike's solo tour), two new guitars to Mike's page (a Fender Bass VI he was seen with in the studio recently, and a Squier Strat that he did custom artwork on for a charity auction), and added new photos/updated information for two more guitars on Mike's page (his late '60s white Strat reissue and the Dragon series Takamine acoustic guitars, both of which have seen more use on recent solo tour shows). I also updated information for Mike's jumbo Takamine acoustic guitar on Chester's page, as I mistakenly had that photo dated as 2010, when it's actually from 2013.


In tabs news, I've also finished the remaining songs from the Stone Temple Pilots - High Rise EP! These were quite challenging, but they contain some very fun guitar work. My next tabbing project will more than likely be the LPU 14 through 16 songs, although I'm considering taking another crack at figuring out the Xero demo (it's been a thorn in my side for almost 15 years - the recording quality makes the guitar very difficult to make out in spots).


Recording-wise, I'm still in a holding pattern because I'm roughly 90% done with putting together my finalized pedalboard that I'll be using in the future. It's so close to done that I don't want to wire it all up in its present state just to have to take it apart again in the near future when I finally acquire the last couple pieces I plan to add to it. I DO have one video planned soon that involves acoustic guitar only (I'm sure you can figure out what song that is pretty easily), but other than that it might be a while longer before you see me posting regularly again. In better news, YouTube seems to have finally fixed their issues with people being unable to deal with copyright disputes, so I'm a little more encouraged to continue recording in the future.


Hope you're all doing well.


-Anthony

5/23: New Guitars + Tab Updates

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

First guitar update in a while! I've added three new guitars to the website:


-On Brad's page, I've added a white Strat with a maple neck that he was seen with while working with Lauren Dair in the studio earlier this year.


-On the Misc. Guitars page, I've added a Les Paul that Phoenix was photographed with during the A Thousand Suns studio sessions, as well as a Zager acoustic guitar that he used during the semi-acoustic show Linkin Park did in the New York City subway last year.


-Also, while not a "new" guitar, Mike has added some artwork to his Shoreline Gold Strat and has been using it for his solo shows in support of Post Traumatic, and I've added a couple new photos of it to his page.


On top of that, I've got another big tabs update for you guys! Big updates to Talking to Myself and Watching as I Fall, smaller updates to Easier to Run and Faint, and a big overhaul of my Meteora tabs to account for the proper number of rhythm guitar tracks, similar to what I recently did with Hybrid Theory:


-Talking to Myself: Guitar count increased from 10 to 12 (muted strums are doubled, feedback guitar uses an EBow and is separate from the lead guitar part), re-ordering of guitar tracks, MANY playing changes based on leaked multitrack files


-Watching as I Fall: Pitch-shifted part is single notes, not octaves


-Don't Stay: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)


-Somewhere I Belong: Updated description


-Hit the Floor: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)


-Easier to Run: Small update to end of bridge (Guitars 3 and 4 sustain a 7x9 octave for the last bar rather than continuing to strum all the way through)


-Faint: Update to Guitars 3 and 4 (the majority of E5 chords in the choruses are actually Esus2 chords on the studio recording, unlike the live version)


-Figure.09: Guitar count increased from 4 to 6 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)


-From the Inside: Updated description


-Numb: Guitar count increased from 3 to 5 (proper rhythm guitar arrangement)


-Numb/Encore: Guitar count increased from 2 to 3 (feedback fade-ins are doubled)


-Jigga What/Faint: Same changes as original version of Faint (E5 chords changed to Esus2 chords)


I'm a little behind on my video upload schedule - I just got all of the parts of last week's cover (Battle Symphony) uploaded yesterday, and I'm probably not going to have this week's done until late tonight or sometime on Thursday. As soon as that's done, I'll make another post with both weeks' videos accounted for.


-Anthony

1/5: Update to Chester's page/Misc. Updates

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

New year, new update, and a lengthy one at that!


First of all, I've finished the very emotionally-exhausting task of updating Chester's page, and his page actually saw more updates than Brad or Mike's did, with no fewer than SEVEN new instruments making appearances:


-Chester can briefly be seen playing Mike's Pignose PGG-200 guitar in Mike's home studio on the Making of Meteora DVD.

-The photo I've had on Mike's page for his jumbo Takamine EF250SMC is a picture of Chester with the guitar...why I never added it to Chester's page is beyond me, but it's there now!

-Chester acquired a Vox Ukelectric with a one-of-a-kind finish in Japan in 2013, and there's an LPUTV episode about it ("Electric Ukulele").

-Stone Temple Pilots posted a backstage photo of Chester with one of Dean's Les Pauls in an Instagram tribute post earlier this year.

-Chester hilariously "played" a Music Man SUB 5 bass briefly for one of the joke songs he and Mike filmed for their guest appearance on Rhett and Link's Good Mythical Morning series.

-While visiting the D'Angelico factory earlier this year, Chester's friend Rene Mata took pictures/footage of him playing numerous D'Angelico guitars, including a couple of the DC models he ended up playing on tour later on, as well as two acoustic guitars that I previously didn't have on the site.


Chester's page also saw numerous updates to existing guitars as well:


-I added a backstage photo of Chester with Brad's blue CE 24 from the 2000-2001 period, which resulted in that guitar now being the first guitar on his page, despite him not actually playing it on stage until 2011!

-Similarly, the black Takamine acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance of The Messenger at a radio station in 2013 is actually a guitar he's had since 2001, as it can be seen on his old MTV Cribs episode that was filmed during that era! This is now the second guitar on his page, and I've corrected the guitar's model number as well (it's an EF341C).

-After closer examination, I've realized that the Les Paul Chester played with Bucket of Weenies is actually a regular Tobacco Sunburst Standard, there's no custom artwork on it like I originally thought.

-I moved the entries for the two Dean guitars Chester painted for art exhibits/charity auctions to be in chronological order with everything else on the page, as opposed to having them at the very end like I did before.

-The "half-reversed Explorer" from Mysstery Guitars that Chester was photographe with during Dead By Sunrise rehearsals in 2009 actually has a model name, the NEXP.

-I swapped the order of the entries for Chester playing Mike's sunburst and silver PRS Singlecuts, as he actually used the sunburst one first (at the South American shows in October of 2010).

-I had the model of the Taylor acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance in 2011 completely wrong, it's actually an 814ce just like Brad's, just a newer model.


Lastly, I also added a small tribute to Chester at the top of the page... :(


In other news, there's some new stuff elsewhere on the site as well!


-Updated some information on the Les Paul Junior Brad used on A Thousand Suns.

-Added two new guitars to Mike's page: A Stingray bass that can be seen at his home studio on the Making of Meteora, and a Seagull acoustic guitar he "played" on the Good Mythical Morning appearance.

-Clarified that the white Strat Mike retired from touring use during the A Thousand Suns era actually was used for a few performances early in the tour.

-I felt like I was getting a little carried away/inconsistent with the "Special Features" line on some guitar entries, so I streamlined/deleted some (I removed that information in most instances of said features being standard on that guitar model).

-Updated misc. guitar info throughout all 3 of the main sections.

-This is kind of hilarious that it took me this long to realize this...but Brad's guitar tech who replaced Sean Paden in 2014 is actually NOT named Benjamin Chandler, that's just the name he uses on his Instagram account (Chandler is his middle name I guess...whoops). His name is actually Ben Young, and his name can be found in the "thank-you" section of numerous LP releases from the past few years. I've updated all instances of his name on the site to reflect this (sorry Ben! I bet you'd find it hilarious though, if you're even aware of this site).

-Lastly, I made another small change to my tab for Invisible. Nothing huge, just a couple notes that got added in one section.


The Misc. Guitars page is all I have left to convert to new photo hosting, and it's a pretty small section, so it shouldn't take long! However, I've already tracked down photos of several guitars that will be added to that section, so it'll still be exciting.


On a personal note, my daughter was born on December 21st! I know I had mentioned this at some point previously (you're probably more aware of it if you follow me on Twitter), but it came as a surprise, as she wasn't due until today (January 5th)! I'm happy to report that mom and baby are both doing very well though. This kind of affects my future plans with recording/tabbing though, as my wife is going to be on maternity leave/short-term disability until the middle of February, and she makes a lot more money at her job than I do at mine! To try to pick up the slack, I'm going to be working a TON of extra shifts the next few weeks, so I'm not going to have nearly as much time on my hands as I typically do. Once she goes back to work, I'm going to cut back to just working on the days she has off (daycare is ridiculously expensive, so we're going to try to always have at least one of us at home). Taking care of the baby will be my top priority while I'm home, of course, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of time to work on stuff as well, so I should only be putting off LP-related work for 5-6 weeks or so. I'll definitely at least get the next website update done in the meantime though!


-Anthony

12/11: Update to Mike's page/Misc. updates

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

More positive progress to report today! Mike's page has now had all of its photos converted over to Imgur like I did with Brad's page. Here's the full photo gallery in chronological order: https://imgur.com/a/ks38C


As was the case with Brad's page, there were quite a few significant new discoveries made while updating Mike's page, so here's a rundown!


-I've added three new guitars: A Precision Bass that Mike briefly used in the Until It's Gone video while standing in for Phoenix, another Precision Bass that he used on Shadow of the Day at the Chester tribute show, and Brad's customized blue PRS NF3, which was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.

-The red PRS that Mike was photographed with on a few occasions early in 2001 isn't a CE 22, it's actually the Santana SE that Phoenix was seen using on the Making of Meteora DVD!

-I changed the chronological order of Mike using Brad's blue CE 24, as the date of the Top of the Pops 2001 filming (where he used it on Crawling) was found to have been incorrect for many years, it was in March instead of September.

-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.


I also made a couple other small changes in other sections of the site:


-I discovered that the Standard 22 Brad used on When They Come for Me at the Las Vegas 2014 show was also used on the same song for the three South American shows at the beginning of the A Thousand Suns tour in 2010, so that guitar has actually been a backup in his rig for much longer than I thought! I subsequently moved the entry for that guitar farther up the page to fit it in chronologically.


-The Rock Band 4 stems for Lying From You surfaced recently, and I realized there's a bit more guitar layering in the song than I originally thought, as well as a couple small changes in the strumming pattern that I hadn't transcribed correctly before, so I updated the tab for it.


It's going to be kind of tough going through Chester's page next, for obvious reasons...I really don't want to remove the "active touring use" designation next to his D'Angelico guitars, knowing there won't be any further guitars taking over that role in the future. :( I miss the hell out of the guy. But regardless, I'm getting pretty close to having all of these photos updated!


-Anthony