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    What gauge & brand strings do you use.


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    Who was the Jazz Guy you studied with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam View Post
    I'm relieved to know that we're on the same side of the dogs/cats debate. I don't trust cat people at all.

    Anyway, if we're allowed more than one question...You've worked with an impressive and very talented bunch of artists over the years. Who do you think you had the best chemistry with? I don't mean who was the nicest guy to hang out with, I mean who do you think really inspired you and brought out the best playing from you?

    Thanks for doing this, by the way.
    you skipped me.
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    Thanks for hangin out for awhile here, Bruce.

    I know it’s not the first time you’ve heard this question, but I was wondering what your thoughts were, regarding Blackjack or what life may have been like if your musical relationship with Michael Bolton had been the direction things had gone.

    In a strictly hypothetical scenario, do think he could have remained in the rock world, creating a world renowned rock band with you, or did the right thing happen, where you both parted ways to forge a different path?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratherdashing View Post
    I'm going to try to sneak in an extra question, hopefully it will turn out to be a good one.

    Every touring musician has hilarious/amazing stories from the road. Would you do us the honor of sharing one of yours?
    Well.. I walked into Gene doing it in my tuning room! UGH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    Thanks for hangin out for awhile here, Bruce.

    I know it’s not the first time you’ve heard this question, but I was wondering what your thoughts were, regarding Blackjack or what life may have been like if your musical relationship with Michael Bolton had been the direction things had gone.

    In a strictly hypothetical scenario, do think he could have remained in the rock world, creating a world renowned rock band with you, or did the right thing happen, where you both parted ways to forge a different path?
    We really had a shot, but I think we were a bit shy of the mark. There were some bands that did it better, but what I learned with Michael was great.
    And obviously he is better as a blue eyed soul singer than David Coverdale type rock singer. Smart move on his part, and he has gone on to be huge.
    It all worked out the way it was supposed to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam View Post
    you skipped me.
    I can t say that one artist I learned more than others from.
    One I was WAY impressed with was Billy Squier. Smart talented man.

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    Why don't you tell us about your involvement with Musician's Institute in Hollywood?
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    Which pickups are some of your favorite of Seymour Duncan and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Skopp View Post
    Why don't you tell us about your involvement with Musician's Institute in Hollywood?
    MI I feel is great for young musicians or even people who want to engineer etc. There is so much you can learn in their facility and as much as I was never schooled in that way, I do see the value of what they offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumptruck View Post
    Which pickups are some of your favorite of Seymour Duncan and why?
    The JB has been a favorite of mine for many years. In combination with the 59 in the neck, awesome. But years ago and even currently I love the Duncan Customs, some of the Alnico ones are great, and I even have a set of Livewires in a new Schecter that sounds SWEET.
    So Duncan cover my needs quite well. Also the Vintage Plus Strats from ESP come with Duncan's that sound great.

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    Hi Bruce thanks for doing this.

    How did you like working with Tim Owens and would you work with him again in the future? I love all the guitar stuff on that album of his (I know Bob did most but I love all you guys contributions)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSnMettle View Post
    What gauge & brand strings do you use.


    Peace,

    Darrin
    I use mostly 10's and SIT is the brand I endorse. I have used D'Addario's and Dean Markley's as well.. all good!
    Sometimes a use 9's if the guitar is the type that fights.

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    How was it recording your first solo album after 26 years of being a recording professional? Was it odd in any way being purely your music? Was it a collection of ideas from the years finally worked out or was it mostly stuff that came about once you decided to do the solo thing?
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    a "career" of playing sold-out bedroom shows to the posters on my wall.
    Quote Originally Posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
    whats becoming of this generation
    We want to listen to music while we mow the lawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diocletian View Post
    Hi Bruce thanks for doing this.

    How did you like working with Tim Owens and would you work with him again in the future? I love all the guitar stuff on that album of his (I know Bob did most but I love all you guys contributions)!
    Tim Owens, you mean RIPPER! Great singer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reload in 5 View Post
    How was it recording your first solo album after 26 years of being a recording professional? Was it odd in any way being purely your music? Was it a collection of ideas from the years finally worked out or was it mostly stuff that came about once you decided to do the solo thing?
    Audiodog was my first in 2001. And it was, a learning process. But I really enjoyed it. I started with the ideas on cassettes in the closet, wrote some new things etc etc. Transformer, my second solo CD, was all written in a short period of time. It took many years before BK3.. over 6 years to finish from starting to write the songs to recording and getting it put together with the proper artwork etc. That is a culmination of my best solo work in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Binnerscot View Post
    Welcome and thanks for joining us!

    Have you had to expand your guitar vocabulary to work with the very diverse artists in your resume or did you have to reign in your playing for certain situations?
    Sometimes I did have to learn new tricks to do the best job. And that is wise for all of us. Keeps you versatile. And then when you do your own thing, you can use what YOU like anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    thanks for doing this

    were you a big kiss fan growing up? what was it like being in one of the most famous bands to ever take the stage? how much liberty did you take with your parts? no offense to ace, but you have chops that he never did.
    I was aware of KISS but in a different way. I became much more interested when I saw them live in 78. Of course the years in KISS were very special, but I was doing my job, so I didn't really realize how freakin awesome it was at all times if you can understand. Regarding how I played, I worked on doing the signature riffs and made them my own, and added what I liked as well.
    Gene and Paul were cool with that. With Tommy Thayer who does a great job, I think they wanted him to be "close to the original" for Ace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Kulick View Post
    Audiodog was my first in 2001. And it was, a learning process. But I really enjoyed it. I started with the ideas on cassettes in the closet, wrote some new things etc etc. Transformer, my second solo CD, was all written in a short period of time. It took many years before BK3.. over 6 years to finish from starting to write the songs to recording and getting it put together with the proper artwork etc. That is a culmination of my best solo work in my opinion.
    OK, since questions seem slow, a follow up.
    Through the years, how were decisions made about what of your own work would go on band / other artists albums, and what would be kept aside for what ended up being your solo album. Was it purely "keep stuff aside because it doesnt fit the band" or was any of it ideas that you knew you wanted to be hashed out completely as your style, so even if it might have made it with the band you kept it out anyway?
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    a "career" of playing sold-out bedroom shows to the posters on my wall.
    Quote Originally Posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
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    We want to listen to music while we mow the lawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reload in 5 View Post
    OK, since questions seem slow, a follow up.
    Through the years, how were decisions made about what of your own work would go on band / other artists albums, and what would be kept aside for what ended up being your solo album. Was it purely "keep stuff aside because it doesnt fit the band" or was any of it ideas that you knew you wanted to be hashed out completely as your style, so even if it might have made it with the band you kept it out anyway?
    All bands have a leader. With Kiss if Gene and/or Paul didn't have an ear for my idea, well of course I saved it. Now working with John Corabi in Union, most of the time he responded to my riffs and the same for me. We are a good team in writing. But correct, if it don't fit save it for your own project.
    No sense trying to make something fit if it won't.

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