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2016-2018 Gear


Just some thoughts and observations

The guitar:
Started to wonder...
The PU is changed.
Neck change? Back of headstock says "For RB '91"
Is it then (and I am ready to be corrected) No 1 or No 2 from the last 25 years or old No 1 with new neck and a GK3 installed?
For some reason he thought it necessary with a headstock tuner since O2 '17. Can't say I have noticed any out of tune problems.

Aiwa:
Delay working again? Can be seen in recording mode from time to time. Pedal placed on drum riser. The tape recorder seem to be placed upon a modern rack unit. Back up delay? Long and short delay?

Everything else: Basically same old...? (beside from leather vest and red trainers....)
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The pickups seem to be Bill Lawrence, which were used in the past.
The Aiwa works as a preamp only when it’s in recoding mode and the heads are running. Does not mean it’s active as a delay, I would guess the tapes were put there just for show.
Need to take a closer look myself but would guess the rack contains primarily three or four things: delay, eq, noise reduction and, most importantly, the synth driven by the GK.
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The pickups seem to be Bill Lawrence, which were used in the past.
The Aiwa works as a preamp only when it’s in recoding mode and the heads are running. Does not mean it’s active as a delay, I would guess the tapes were put there just for show.
Need to take a closer look myself but would guess the rack contains primarily three or four things: delay, eq, noise reduction and, most importantly, the synth driven by the GK.



This ^

The guitar is Strat #2 which he can be seen playing on TBRO on [sign in to see URL] was his 'de-tuned' guitar.
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Thanks guys.
Just realised the discolouring behind the bridge has been there for a few years now, so No 2 sounds about right (even the same strap as in 93? or even 82...?)
So I guess the pedal on the drum riser could be one of two things;
A delay
or
A pedal that start the Aiwa in rec mode and gives extra boost.
I haven't watch it close enough to notice the difference or if it starts/stops rolling when the padel is hot
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I think the AIWA is used only as a pre-amp, tapes running for show only. He switched to a Yamaha rack unit years ago for delay. the AIWA will give a really clean but driven signal potentially up to 70db gain, which is really huge. The interaction between the guitar and the AIWA input makes for an interesting combination of mis-match that sounds good!

The racked mounted box usually contains 2 x Roland GR50 guitar synths from the 80's. one in use the other as a spare. They are 1U rack mounts. He has this in BN as well the Patch that's seems to be favourite is called "Quartal Brass". It is his synth sound for the most part.

The floor pedal by the drum riser looks to have a variety of buttons on it, so I wonder if it's a pedal or perhaps an amp switcher or similar. He has 3 ENGL Sovereign 50W combo's which all appear to be powered up although I think only one is mic'd up. These are great amps, loud and full sounding. They have FX loops and DI out so can easily be chained together, so perhaps he switches them in to get more drive and out to go cleaner? He will certainly be using at least 2 of them perhaps with the 3rd as a spare.

Last year all three faced forward, but this year I see one faces off to the right so who knows what they are doing with the setup exactly.

I think a lot of the tone comes from the AIWA but it's doubtless been modified. With Blackmore sounds like himself, without it he really doesn't. Equally these days perhaps he has some pedal tucked away somewhere that making the tone.
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Thanks guys.
Just realised the discolouring behind the bridge has been there for a few years now, so No 2 sounds about right (even the same strap as in 93? or even 82...?)
So I guess the pedal on the drum riser could be one of two things;
A delay
or
A pedal that start the Aiwa in rec mode and gives extra boost.
I haven't watch it close enough to notice the difference or if it starts/stops rolling when the padel is hot



Discolouring behind the bridge is where the previous Roland GK1 Pickup was mounted. This was the old 24 pin style connector, which was on the early guitar synths. It probably just broke. The GR50 synths use the newer 13 pin cable, but there used to be a convertor unit, a BR10 I think, to go from 24-13 pin, so perhaps that broke and now he has a GK2 or GK2A synth pickup instead.
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Thank you for going into detail here BagShotBullets.

The thing about the 3 amps mixed together is very interesting! Can you explain that further?

Thank you.
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haraldhaarfagre wrote:

Thanks guys.
Just realised the discolouring behind the bridge has been there for a few years now, so No 2 sounds about right (even the same strap as in 93? or even 82...?)
So I guess the pedal on the drum riser could be one of two things;
A delay
or
A pedal that start the Aiwa in rec mode and gives extra boost.
I haven't watch it close enough to notice the difference or if it starts/stops rolling when the padel is hot



Discolouring behind the bridge is where the previous Roland GK1 Pickup was mounted. This was the old 24 pin style connector, which was on the early guitar synths. It probably just broke. The GR50 synths use the newer 13 pin cable, but there used to be a convertor unit, a BR10 I think, to go from 24-13 pin, so perhaps that broke and now he has a GK2 or GK2A synth pickup instead.




OK let's go into geeky territory...
From what I see in BN videos, there is no discolouring before 2011. In 2011 there is and then the GK3 turns white.
So I thought the guitar in the 2004 and 2006 live videos was No 2 with the black GK3 and no mark from gk1 since it was not there while it was the detuned guitar.
From 2011 and onwards it could be No1 with a new white gk3 and marking from the old gk1...

Regarding the Aiwa I have noticed it occasionally spins, which I then found odd if it was just for show. Thought he might had it repaired.

Was thinking one if the amps was slaved and the 3rd was spare but photos show the left is off and different settings (much more gain), so that could be the spare (perhaps higher gain to replace the aiwa). Then maybe the 3rd {the one in the back) is slaved/chained. The two pedal on top of the amps could be for slaving or something to "fix the sound" eg eq noice gate etc. On the other hand it's unusual to have that as boxes instead of rackunits

Edit: In a photo a found on goole the left amp was off, in the recent videos the light shows its on, so back to thinking the 3rd is a spare and the left is used with the right

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I was at the show in Berlin a few weeks ago and Ritchie had two white strats. The one he played at the shows has the white GK-2 pickup and before they went on his guitar tech made the soundcheck with the second strat, which had the black GK-2 pickup on it! (this guitar had white pickups!)

Did anyone else notice in this years shows that Ritchie's guitar sound was very kind of fat (hard) at times?

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Thank you for going into detail here BagShotBullets.

The thing about the 3 amps mixed together is very interesting! Can you explain that further?

Thank you.



Its very commonly done, in the front of the first amp, out the FX send or DI to the next amp etc, equally you go from send FX amp1 to FX Return next amp.

Equally it can be used to drive more cabinets, commonly done, hence allowing you to play at much lower volume but have a much bigger sound due to the number of speakers moving the air. This is the sort of thing that is done where there are multiple stacks on stage. Given modern PA's the need for banks of cabinets is now more for appearance than any practical need, as Blackmore has demonstrated by playing these Arena size gigs using just small combos! Next time you see a guy in a small club with a 100W Head and a 4x12 you'll know he's a twat, as it's totally unnecessary and probably will sound stupidly loud and quite crap, but hey there's one born every day!

IN a chain multiple amps enable you to set the first amp on a relatively low setting and then crank the next amp higher, but without as much noise, as a single cranked amp. It provides a buffer as it were. So potentially Blackmore might go from AIWA to 1st Amp etc, or perhaps he splits the signal and one amp runs clean, one amp driven so he can get both sounds. Who knows for sure, but he is doing something with the multiple amps, pedals, switches and AIWA.

I've only ever recently seen Blackmore using the GK-2 version of the pickup since he stopped with the GK-1 versions.
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