On This Day in Def Leppard History - 13th September (1979) - Leppard kicked off a UK tour supporting Sammy Hagar at Mayfair, Newcastle. Read more about the show HERE
Great interview w/ Joe talking Leppard new album, the difference between Down ’n’ Outz and D.L., working with members of DnO and why he started the band, touring in 2015, NFL's UK Pre-Game performance amongst other items..
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Here's my last guitar blog from the summer tour. I'll wrap it up by mentioning two guitars that only made one night appearances on this tour and give a few words about the X-Stroyer as it made it onstage every night of the tour.
Since we were in Mexico City I'll mention the Teotihuacan mask given to me at the Teotihuacan pyramids just outside Mexico City about nine years ago. Ironically I visited those same pyramids again and bumped into the person affectionately known as 'Gorilla' to his friends who gave me my mask. This mask is also the muse for the face that appears on 'Maya' adorning the first fret and two other of my Jackson Supreme guitars (including the grey one which is still on display at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas).
First off the Jackson PC-1 in trans black metallic (Tranny):
This guitar has the usual Dimarzio super 3 and HS-2 pickups with a Jackson sustainer/driver pickup in the neck position. It has FU-TONE saddles and titanium block, a maple neck and fingerboard and D'Addario 13-54 gauge strings. I played it on 'Let's Get Rocked’. You can also see this guitar in the 'Nine Lives' video with Tim Mcgraw.
Next up is the Jackson Telecaster. This guitar was custom made in the early 2000s. It originally had a maple neck and fingerboard but it never worked 100% for me. It sounded good and made it out on a few tours but it didn't make me want to play it. When my friend Lance suggested how good it would look with a rosewood fingerboard I asked the Jackson custom shop if they could give it a makeover. Mike Shannon created a beautiful fat neck with a rosewood fingerboard. I couldn't put it down after it arrived on tour, taking it to the...
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