Guitars used on Defender

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Guitars used on Defender

Postby Stevo » 12 May 2012, 21:47

I found an artical from a Making Music magazine where Rory is interviewed about his latest release, Defender. He talks about the guitars and effects used for each track. Its A3, so I can't scan it, so I've typed out the main bits.

Hope you enjoy the read.

Kickback City
“The sitar – that was the x-factor. We mixed and remixed it but there was still something missing, so we took the Coral sitar in for a couple of little phrases, and it knitted it together.
The jingly noise is me shimmying the pick down the strings, like a violin bow with a flange effect; nothing incriminating. Ninety per cent of the music is played with just the amp fairly hot. But I do have a Boss flanger, an octivider, and a Dod analog delay. In the studio, I bring in an old WEM copycat, and the old red MXR Dynocomp compressor – that’s great gadget, even an old raunchy amplifier will get a bit of nice crispness.”

Loanshark Blues
The main guitar track is my Gretsch Corvette, which is like a Gretsch jnr, but with the pickup changed to a Gibson P90. I used a Washburn acoustic to add a little ghost.
Slide lead guitar is an old black Fender Esquire – 1953, I believe – through an old yellow Fender Delux, and the Dod echo. I prefer to use effects when I’m recording, rather than put them on afterwards, as any time you touch your guitar, you get an extra noise you can’t get later on.”

Continental Op
“Main guitar was my Eccleshall Telecaster with Gibson PAF’s; lead phrases were a white Tele, but the slide was the Gretsch Corvette through an AC30.”

I Ain’t No Saint
“Guitar was a three tone sunburst ’57 Strat I rarely use. I’ve put heavier frets on it, and neutered the middle tone control. It’s a very Buddy Guy Strat with a maple neck. Rosewood necks always sound a bit more mellow than maple.
I double-tracked an alto sax, thought I didn’t credit myself with it on the sleeve – got to keep the old ego quelled.”

Failsafe Day
“I was playing a Gibson Melody Maker through a Boss Playbus. And I used the Eccleshall Tele.
I love the Tele sound for rhythm parts, as it’s very accurate. You have to work harder – no free gifts. But I put bigger frets on and tilt the neck back a bit, use the lead (bridge) pickup and back off the tone a bit. Lead pickup is 6k on a Tele, compared to 5 or so on a Strat – so it’s more honky.”

Road To Hell
“Rhythm guitar was the Gretsch Corvette. Lead guitar was a white metal body Tokai Talbo – a very under-rated guitar. That went through an octivider.
Most of my solos are improvised, but you find that if you do it once or twice in the studio, you end up using your ideas from the first couple of takes. Obviously sometimes you have to sit down and work out what would fit. But often it’s the old problem: the more you add the worse it gets.”

Doing Time
“The slide sound was the Corvette, done live, through the Marshall. I put on some country lines on the Strat. If you record quietly with a very sensitive mike, you can get great sounds.”

Smear Campaign
“That was the Strat doubled up, with an acoustic drifting in. Over that there are Hank Marvin type country lines on the Talbo.”

Don’t Start Me Talking
“The lead was done on a Tele through Mark’s harp amp, a little Fender Champ. Rhythm is on an old Epiphone Casino, which has a kind of woolly sound”.

Seven Days
“I recorded the track on my own with my foot tapping, a tambourine, and a low electric, a Veillette-Citron, made in New York. It’s tuned very low, like a baritone guitar. I used my Washburn acoustic; the slide was a National Duolian.
I enjoy playing acoustic . . . sometimes I prefer it to playing electric, as you’re really close to the instrument – it’s very “organic”. I use strong strings on the acoustic, which is a great leveller.
I’d love to do an acoustic album, great fun. I just need material and time – it takes us so long to get organised from one electric album to another, never mind acoustic. But I will do it. Double bass, dulcimer, acoustic guitar . . .”
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby innuendo » 13 May 2012, 10:10

thank you for this
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby Stevo » 13 May 2012, 12:07

No problem. I was surprised how many different guitars he used. And the 3 tone sunburst Strat must be the one pictured in the Guitarist artical.
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby tonetanner » 13 May 2012, 12:27

Thats great Stevo.
If you / someone can get hold of the guitars used on Fresh Evidence I'd be stoked.
TT
what do you think of that?
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby roryfan » 13 May 2012, 17:02

Here's the complete article from Making Music. There's a piece included with an interesting take by Rory on someone else playing the Strat.
http://www.roryon.com/Rorystory.html
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby Sinner Girl » 13 May 2012, 19:38

roryfan wrote:Here's the complete article from Making Music. There's a piece included with an interesting take by Rory on someone else playing the Strat.
http://www.roryon.com/Rorystory.html
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Thank you John G,thats great article ;) ;)
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Re: Guitars used on Defender

Postby Vincent » 23 Jan 2015, 12:04

tonetanner wrote:Thats great Stevo.
If you / someone can get hold of the guitars used on Fresh Evidence I'd be stoked.
TT


Well, this might be an interesting article for you, although I don't know if it was posted somewhere else on the forum before...

http://jasobrecht.com/rory-gallagher-th ... interview/

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