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  1. Why all the hate for Eddie? You do realize he's been in the biz for over 35 years....he was the first to play Metallica on the radio. The Metal Show? Geddy was a guest.


    He has a great show on Volume Sirius XM where he talks about Rock music for 2 hours...he's flying the Rock Flag high.


    Anyway, you don't have to agree with Ed's top 20, the idea is to spark conversation and maybe create your own list.

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  2. I was in 8th grade and playing bass in a high school talent show. We had two songs: Breaking the Law and an original tune. During the drum break down in breaking the law I managed to step on my cable and pull it out of the amp jack. Got it all fixed before the next song started but in the chaos, I must have hit the headstock on something and took my E string down a few steps. Started the next song out of tune.


    2nd one was playing an acoustic thing with a friend at a bar and we started with Patience by GNR. I was supposed to do the whistling part but I was so nervous my mouth was dry and I couldn't whistle for shit.

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  3. A young guy, 20 years old, just started at our office. Saw some drums in his car a struck up a conversation with him about drummers. When I asked about Neil his response was "he's alright".......So I would say no.


    I bet he can't play a single Rush song (he may only even have heard Tom Sawyer), but can play the last three Disturbed albums from beginning to end. Maybe in time he'll get turned on to Rush. Any serious drummer who's heard Rush would never say "alright". :P



  4. For me, it's always been about his bass sound (one of a kind) and the way he plays along with Neil's drum fills. If Neil plays a roll, Ged plays a melodic line to support the roll with the same rhythmic pattern. It makes the drum fill more pronounced and is cohesive to the song. There's also the fact that he's a busy bass player without being overly busy or showing off. Everything he plays supports the song but is also interesting to listen too. Think about most Rock bass players and how often you've been turned on by what the bass player is doing in the song...Geezer, Squire, Flea etc. but no one does it like Ged.
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  5. The obvious difference between the two is the muddiness and the distortion. A lot of that distortion that people object to on the 2002 release has to do more with the mastering than the mixing. These days, record companies want the CD's as loud as possible (for some reason) which pushes the mastering into using more and more compression. I think it just got away from them in this case.
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  6. Do you find that the CE-2 is also quieter than the CE-1? I had a CE-1 way back in the day and the noise level with the effect engaged was my only complaint.


    Not really. I never had that problem with mine. First thing I did with the CE1 was have the 50K level pot changed out to a 500K pot. The pedal was originally designed for keyboard players and this was a common mod that I read about. I'm wondering if this is why you experienced the noise level?


    Possibly. Wish I knew about that mod back then. These days I'm using a (seemingly now unavailable)

    and it's amazing.


    WOW! that is amazing. That is a well thought out chorus pedal and the tone is just perfect. I love the fact that you have two pedals in one! I can see phase pedals, tremelo pedals, flangers all benefiting from two separate settings. Awesome pedal.

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  7. Do you find that the CE-2 is also quieter than the CE-1? I had a CE-1 way back in the day and the noise level with the effect engaged was my only complaint.


    Not really. I never had that problem with mine. First thing I did with the CE1 was have the 50K level pot changed out to a 500K pot. The pedal was originally designed for keyboard players and this was a common mod that I read about. I'm wondering if this is why you experienced the noise level?

  8. I've owned an original Roland CE1 for more than 10 years. Had to part with it and needed a replacement chorus. I have to say that the CE2 is a great replacement pedal for the CE1 and really emulates the original with an emphasis on the brighter side. When playing a barre chord on the dirty channel, the G, B and E strings really come through nice and loud and shimmery. The problem I always had with the CE1 was the level control which in a standard effects loop signal chain, controlled the level of your entire signal which, depending on the sound you were going for, could add too much chorus or not enough.


    Anyway, I'm happy with the pedal and recommend it to my fellow Alex fans. It's also really nice to gain back some room on my pedalboard.

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  9. This is from an article I read. He talks about using 'Nashville' tuning on PW.

    What about guitars on Permanent Waves?

    The 355 I used on almost every song, and for leads I played both the Pyramid and the '78 Strat-which, by this time, had the humbucking pickup in it. "The Spirit Of Radio" and " Different Strings" was the Strat and "Jacob's Ladder" was the Pyramid. For acoustics I had my J-55 in standard tuning, and my Dove in Nashville tuning. On the latter the bottom three strings-the E, A, and D-were tuned to octaves, using thinner strings.

    Why did you do that?

    Well, on "Entre Nous" we wanted to get a 12-string sound, but the B-45 that I'd been using had a crack in the body; also, the neck was giving way, and the tone just didn't seem to be happening. So we tried a combination of the standard tuning and the Nashville tuning on two guitars: Together they approximated a single 12-string layout. And everything rang clear, so that's why we did that. I'm sure we'll do it again in the future.

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  10. Speed of Love is ok.Main interest for me was the backwards delay/reverb unit that Alex used(can't remember the brand name of it)which was a new gizmo at the time.Cool sound.


    Agreed. I like this song. As with many songs of this era, I find something interesting about the guitar sound or a particular passage, lyrics or especially a tasty bass line that draws me in. The part during the break down that you referenced is especially cool to me.

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  11. This show is about an 80's family. I tuned into this show tonight because they were doing a Breakfast Club tribute thing. I noticed that the 'bad boy' character was wearing Rush T-shirts (at least two that I saw) throughout the show. Nice to see the boys represented.
  12. Hi all

    I just believe that the sound that Alex created on Hemispheres is the greatest guitar sound ever achieved, especially on "The Trees". The A major sus 2 chord that Alex lets ring at the end of the track gives me an eargasm every time I listen. There was a lot of processing going on but the basis of his sound was just the 355 through a wound up Hiwatt with the Roland Space Echo/Chorus. The Hiwatts were slightly softer in tone than Marshalls and it suited the ES355 just perfectly. Such a powerful and raunchy yet musical and melodic sound. It is almost like he had to make a sound that would cover both guitar and keyboards, which he did so wonderfully. Eddie Van Halen gave his own tribute to Alex on the song "Pleasuredome" from the VH f**k album if you listen.



    Welcome. I've said this before on this forum but I have found that the key to getting the Hemispheres sound (or the Alex sound in general) is using two identical amps. You'll note that even in the live videos of the period he always has two identical stacks. The key is setting them up for different tones. One amp is nice and dirty but will still clean up with the volume knob and the other is set to a really clean tone. This is how, even live, he gets the grit and dirt but you still hear the clarity of the complex chords. Here is a bit from and article from the GP tour:


    It’s a really incredible guitar sound.

    Yeah, well, I think when you do that, when you get a combination of a few things, too often you mike 1 amp or you mike 2 amps or 3 amps but you set them up the same and you get 1 basic sound. But if you mix it up, you get 1 amp that’s really screaming and another amp that’s crystal clear that you would never think of using that sounds direct almost. Another amp has got maybe more bass to it.

    Then something like the Rockman, it’s got that limited compressed sound to it and you can throw them all together. You have a sound that you can fool around with and play with. In some halls, you might push more of the direct sound. In other halls, you might pull the direct sound down a bit. I really think that’s the way to go, and that’s what we ended up doing on this record. I think on Grace Under Pressure, it was a more accurate live guitar sound than we’ve had in the past because we used different miking techniques and whole different approach to sound.

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  13. I don't disagree that lessons are a perfect starting point, but my personal suggestion would be to start by buying as many pre-Back in Black AC/DC albums you can find and learn those songs. Don't worry about the leads for now, just learn the rhythm parts. That's a great jumping of point. You'll learn the fret board and most important, you'll learn to play in 4/4 time very comfortably and you'll gain confidence. Also, as soon as you are ready, start playing with a drummer or a drum machine.
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