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    i was just listening to dokken under lock and key and back for the attack.
    I just love the tone he gets on these two albums. I have tried the screamin demon and man it sounds nuthin like the tone he got on those two albums!!
    any recommendations?

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    1. Get modded Marshall Plexi
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    Todays fun fact...

    The amp that George Lynch rented for the "Under Lock and Key" tour was the same Tim Caswell modded Marshall that Slash used during the Appetite rehearsals, and when Slash wanted that same amp for the recording sessions, it not available (because it was on tour with Dokken).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayrton View Post
    Todays fun fact...

    The amp that George Lynch rented for the "Under Lock and Key" tour was the same Tim Caswell modded Marshall that Slash used during the Appetite rehearsals, and when Slash wanted that same amp for the recording sessions, it not available (because it was on tour with Dokken).
    Actually, I've always heard it was the infamous Purple Plexi previously owned by Aspen Pittman of Groove Tubes (who confirmed this to me, though it's interesting on George's page it says the amp was owned by S.I.R.) that he would occasionally loan out to celebrity clients; the same one Warren Demartini used for 'Lay it Down'...George supposedly pleaded with Aspen to sell it to him, and he wouldn't (read an interview where George said he even considered swapping out the chassis before returning it, but then decided against it)...Aspen did however, sell it to GC several years ago...
    I had the honor of teching for Doug Aldrich for a one-off gig last year, and he had a Caswell-modded Plexi that is probably THE best sounding Marshall I have ever heard personally...the thing was INSANE...all the gain of say, a (pre-IV) Mark-series Boogie, but still retained that unmistakable Marshall character...

    I want one...lol

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    I use a screamin demon, but I have a Duncan Distortion waiting to go into a maple body (needs a paint job).

    The screamin demon isn't too far off, but he used a Duncan Distortion in the early years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonP View Post
    I use a screamin demon, but I have a Duncan Distortion waiting to go into a maple body (needs a paint job).

    The screamin demon isn't too far off, but he used a Duncan Distortion in the early years.
    ...I've always dug his tone, to the point where I built a maple body/necked Strat with a DD in the late 80s...talk about a tone parting your hair...ow.

    I have to say of all the body woods I've tried (Ash -northern and swamp, Maple, Koa, Alder etc.), Maple is my least favorite...seems to work for him, though.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Maple tops on bodies, but not a SOLID Maple body, y'know?

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    lynch is one of my favs. IMO i think his tone and playing was at its peak when Wicked Sensation was released. I love this video of him in the studio.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=CWntxpcq9FI

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    Just today on my flight home I was reading the latest issue of Guitar World (June 2008) and George Lynch was being interviewed. He said in the 'old' days he would always try to get the pickup with the most gain. Now, he believes "more is less", hence the screaming demon. He also said delay is a large part of his sound.
    "That is not dead which can eternal lie,: And with strange aeons even death may die" - H. P. Lovecraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dru Edwards View Post
    Just today on my flight home I was reading the latest issue of Guitar World (June 2008) and George Lynch was being interviewed. He said in the 'old' days he would always try to get the pickup with the most gain. Now, he believes "more is less", hence the screaming demon. He also said delay is a large part of his sound.
    Yeah but his tone was way better in the old days. Under Lock And Key was his best album tone wise. Wicked Sensation was good too but the tone started to go at that point. From there on his tone was gone. I tried the SD one time and hated it. Worst duncan pickup I ever tried. The DD is closer to classic Lynch tone, but I wouldn't recommend maple bodies unless you want to end up with back pain and hearing loss.

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    wow just watching george play in that instructional video is inspiring.
    I think watching george play can make anybody want to pickup and learn to play the guitar.

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    I think Lynch is in the realm of "gear doesn't matter" he sounds like him.
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    George did use several of Aspen's amps, but the one that got rented was the infamous SIR #39 that Slash also loved.

    Funny how so many people talk about Slash's, Lynch's and DeMartini's sound, and they all used the same amp.
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    I am in LOVE with his tone on Wicked Sensation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayrton View Post
    George did use several of Aspen's amps, but the one that got rented was the infamous SIR #39 that Slash also loved.

    Funny how so many people talk about Slash's, Lynch's and DeMartini's sound, and they all used the same amp.
    Had to go consult my copy of The Tube Amp Book, but there is a pic of THE '72 Purple 100-watt Marshall in question...did Aspen acquire it from S.I.R. at some point?
    It IS ironic that one amp produced so many iconic tones of that era...wonder who ended up with it after it was sold to GC, and do they have ANY IDEA what they have?

    One of my personal faves is George's tone on "The Hunter"...

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    Everything I ever read was that George, and Warren both used Aspen's purple and red plexis on various recordings, but the amp that George rented was the SIR #39 and that was the same amp that Slash wanted for the recording of Appetite.

    Slash even talks about it in his book, but here is an article that sums it up.

    http://www.slashsworld.com/equipment...h-case-closed/

    I never knew that Aspen sold it to Guitar Center. I can't imagine he wouldn't have a list of "whos who" that would have been better suited to have it.
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    George did indeed use the Aspen Pittman late 71 Purple Plexi on several recordings. Rumor has it that it blew up and was repaired but never sounded the same after that. This amp was used on Dokken BFTA and Lynch Mob WS.

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    Ayrton's first post in this thread is the basic formula for the early Dokken stuff. The Demon hadn't been developed yet if memory serves.

    But Lynch's best tone ever was on Sacred Groove. The rhythm tone on that album is exactly what i would want for myself. According to George's site that was primarily an old Park with a TS808.
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