Pros and Cons of playing like your heroes: So the Cons first – you obviously get “pigeon-holed” as a clone/ copy of your heroes. To some people this is a bad thing – as just about every guitar wants to be original. While to other’s playing just like their favorite guitar player is exactly what they want/ what they are going for. I think just about every guitar player can honestly say that they have taken things from this player and that player and have made it their own on some level. In my case – I’m not shy in openly admitting I’ve taken this lick from this guy and another lick from that guy.

Brad Paisley’s Guitar Rig: For this one Travis and I kicked back and let Brian talk about some of the ends and outs of Brad’s rig…. First of all, Brad is a tone – tweaker. Mr. Paisley is also known to change his gear nightly; so it’s hard to consistently nail down his exact rig. Being a true gear nerd and tone junky – Brad also insists on being with/ adjusting/ and playing is rig at sound checks. (Unlike a lot of other artists, who have someone else play their rig while they are off doing interviews before the show.) Some of the pedals that Brian spotted on Brad’s rig recently (other then various Wampler pedals) was the Zen Drive, a Dumbloid, Way Huge Aqua Puss delay, MXR Super Bass A$$ distortion, Green Rhino, and of course a TS-9)

Tech Tip of the week: (Soldering tips) Use smaller solder! I hate to admit it, but this is a lesson that took me a long time to learn. Small project = small solder. Also if you are having a hard time with pointed tipped soldering irons – check out a chisel tip – a total game changer in my book! Helped me gain way more control over my soldering iron.

That will do it for this week – stay tuned on Monday for a new episode of Chasing Tone!

– Max

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