Cause and Effects
I enjoyed the recent
issue on effects pedals
[October 2012 Pedal
Issue]. This was very
timely for me, because
I had recently dug out
some of my old pedals
from the 1970s to see if
they still worked. I cleaned them up and took some pics (see
at right). My first pedal, which I purchased in about 1970,
was the original Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi. In the late
’70s, I added the Small Stone phase shifter, Electric Mistress
flanger, Memory Man echo/analog delay, Zipper Envelope
Follower, and the Attack Decay reverse tape simulator—all
My next purchase from EH was the rackmount Guitar
Synthesizer model EH-8000 in about 1980. (Although this
probably isn’t considered a pedal.) Apparently the EH-8000
is quite a rare piece of equipment. At the time, it was plagued
with intermittent problems mostly due to some defective
switches caused by a manufacturing snafu. In short, I recently
did some repairs to the unit and it is now fully functional …
I’m not sure if many people know it even exists. If you would
like to know more about the EH-8000 and its features, I’d be
happy to supply what information I can.
Thanks for your time and the great magazine.
Lancaster, New York
the Big Dogs
Thank you PG for all the Rig
Rundowns you’ve been presenting.
It’s really a treat to see what
the BIG GUYS use in making
the songs we hear and the tidbits
of info the techs tell us about the
quirks/idiosyncrasies each has.
via YouTube, “Joe Perry Rig Rundown”
I consider myself so lucky to be
able to see these interviews. It’s
cool to see what the pros actually
use and it helps me with my own
tiny rig. I’ve even seen other pros
refer to these interviews, so they
must be loving them too! Thanks
to Premier Guitar for all of these.
via YouTube, “Brad Whitford
The Nugent Factor
Great guitar player, total fascist
idiot. It is possible to be both,
and to admire one and not the
other side of a person’s essence.
Ted makes it pretty difficult just
because he just can’t seem to hear
enough of himself spewing his
own idiotic musings and hate-fueled
rants. But when he actually
talks about gear and playing
guitar—ostensibly the reason PG
and this forum exist in the first
place—he’s pretty great.
I started to type in a thoughtful
response about “The Nuge” ...
about how I used to love playing
“Stranglehold” and “Hey
Baby” and all that but, today,
for me, it all boils down to a big
“F-U” to his politics and love of
killing living creatures. I would
pay to see him compete with
an animal or person that was as
armed-to-the-teeth as he is, with
half of his “intelligence.” That
would be entertainment. Ted,
baby, how ’bout a Groupon for
that? Perhaps, obviously, I no
longer give a sh*t about his gear
or his music or anything else
associated with “The Ted.”
I actually got to sit down with Ted
and eat dinner with him during
the Damn Yankees tour. While I
don’t agree with a lot of his politics,
I walked away with respect.
He’s a man who has the balls to
stand up for his convictions. He’s
not afraid to mince words, unlike
our politicians who only tell you
what they think you want to hear.
This isn’t the forum to debate
politics. It’s a guitar site. Like his
tone? Playing? Hate it? Fine.
[Ted Nugent] is a very mediocre
guitar player. His writing is at
5th grade level and his albums
were good to use as Frisbees.
Totally forgotten in the music
world, as he should be. Why the
Premier Guitar staff would want
to try to resurrect him is beyond
me. Tried to resurrect his lack of
musical talent with stupid comments
and rants—same idea as
Dennis Miller trying to revive
his career in comedy. Problem
is: When you suck, you suck.
Strum Over Shred
I have been meaning to write for
several weeks now, to tell you
how much I enjoy and appreciate
John Bohlinger’s column.
There were two pieces (in a row
no less) that fueled my desire to
write to you. They were “Playing
for the People” [July 2012] and
“If It Ain’t Got That Swing “
[August 2012]. Both of these
columns spoke to me with a
common message, which I think
John summed up well in one of
the writings: “It rarely takes a
musical virtuoso to connect with
me on an emotional level.”
I will admit that, like John, I
am a man in my later 40s. Maybe
this has something to do with
it. When I was younger, I did
enjoy some music that I would
now describe as “widdley.” I was
huge into jazz in my 20s, and
listened to all kinds music that
today sounds to me like someone
just practicing scales endlessly,
and with no point. I can’t do it
anymore. In my advancing years,
I really need some emotional connection
to the music.
I honestly admire guitar players
who have incredible technique.
But I would rather listen
to someone simply strumming
an acoustic while delivering an
impassioned vocal performance.
In short ... I want to hear a song.
At one time or another, I
have read many (if not all) of
the guitar magazines available. It
is so refreshing to experience a
column like Mr. Bohlinger’s. So
many guitar publications seem
to focus solely on speed, or volume,
or the outrageous behavior
of its subjects. Premier Guitar
has proven that they are the premier
guitar magazine out there.
You are simply put, a class act.
Thank you John Bohlinger,
and thank you Premier Guitar.