Jackson PC-1 (London 57) - See photos HERE
This guitar was a surprise gift for my 50th birthday, orchestrated by Scott Appleton and kept quiet by Jackson Guitars. Unfortunately, its production was held up so it appeared on my 51st birthday. Scott had done the initial artwork which states my birthplace and date in old English font (for anyone who wondered what those markings meant on the guitar). It was further enhanced by our lovely wardrobe and dressing room coordinator Lesley Mortimer-Wallace when she blinged and bejeweled my guitar out in the same Swarovski crystals she used on my microphone stand that you can see in one of these photos below.
London 57 has had much love from me and is one of my 'go to' guitars i.e. tv appearances, The Voice & other event performances, and recording sessions. It's faithful and sounds killer. London 57 is a classic Jackson PC-1 with a mahogany body with a maple top. It has a slightly larger than standard maple neck and fingerboard. It's fitted with a Floyd Rose trem with FU-Tone titanium saddles and block, a Dimarzio super 3 in the bridge position, an HS-2 in the middle and the Jackson driver/sustainer in the neck position. It's strung with D'Addario 13-54 gauge strings. I play this guitar on the electric part of 'Bringing on The Heartbreak' and 'Switch 625' on this tour.
Win an autographed DiMarzio Super 3 pickups. Upload your photo of Phil with any of his guitars from the 2014 summer tour w/ KISS and be entered to win. U.S. residents only and must be at least 18 years of age. Enter HERE
"One of the Boys" goes Top 20 on the U.S. "classic rock" radio chart, moving up to #19! Watch the official video now!
Vivian is celebrating on the bands day off from tour which resumes tomorrow in Cleveland Ohio.
Have a great day, Vivian!
Guild D-40 Noir Acoustic - See more photos HERE
At the end of 2012 I was at the Jackson/Fender factory and was asking Mike Kotzen his opinion on a good acoustic with a jumbo body. He said, "Before you try another jumbo check this acoustic out." It was the black Guild acoustic that I play on the two acoustic songs we do live and I haven't put it down since.
As we are a loud rock band that plays arenas and outdoor, sunbaked amphitheaters I am always looking for a reliable workhorse acoustic that won't warp, crack or feedback. This was that guitar. It sounds beautiful acoustic, not plugged in and still performs even when you put the rubber cover (or guitar condom) in the sound hole to cut out horrendous low end feedback you get from putting an acoustic through a p.a system. I have a real problem with acoustic guitars that you have to plug into an amp or P.A system as it's always a compromise and never sounds as good as putting a mic in front of the sound hole. But because of the volume you have to go through this process.This being a dreadnought which is the standard or regular size for an acoustic guitar with thinner frets it wouldn't have been my first choice as an acoustic guitar but some guitars are just great the way they are and this is one of those guitars. Plus it looks cool being a nice shiny black. My only modification is the pegs that hold the strings into the bridge. They are FU-TONE titanium pegs. When Adam Revier did a five minute test changing out the standard plastic pegs for his titanium ones in a basement stairwell underneath the PNC in Holmdel, NJ on my older Guild jumbo acoustic in 2011, I was sold.
Here's a video of me playing it straight out of the box!
Attention guitar fanatics! To celebrate the launch of Phil’s recent guitar blogs, he is now giving away 10 autographed DiMarzio Super 3 pickups! Upload your photo of Phil with any of his guitars from the 2014 summer tour w/ KISS and be entered to win. U.S. residents only and must be at least 18 years of age. Enter HERE
Read Phil's Guitar Blogs:
Guitar Blog #6 - Gear Set UP HERE
Guitar Blog #5 - Jackson PC Supreme HERE
Guitar Blog #4 - PC1 Custom (Splatter) HERE
Guitar Blog #3 – DREAD HERE
Guitar Blog #2 – BIG BOY HERE
Guitar Blog #1 – X-STROYER HERE
Rick is now showcasing his art at Wentworth Gallery locations across the United Staes. Watch below a preview of the exhibit, which is described as "a sophisticated fusion of deconstructive art containing photography, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas”. For more info on Rick's art go HERE
Guitar Tech Blog - See more photos HERE
Quite a few people have asked what my gear setup is for touring. The person most qualified to answer this is my guitar tech Scott Appleton. This part of the blog is all about him so fire away til you're blue in the face. People ask 'how often do the strings get changed', 'what's my gauge or thickness of strings' etc. It all is based on how Scotty sets everything up. So 'Ask Scotty' and we'll work on getting some answers for you.
To read Scotty's tech responses click HERE
On This Day in Def Leppard History - 16th August (1986) - Leppard performed at The Monsters of Rock Festival at Donnington Park marking Rick Allen’s big comeback!
Leppard were third on the bill to Ozzy & The Scorpions (also on the bill that day, Motörhead, Bad News and Warlock) and was Rick Allen’s first proper gig back after his accident. The band had previously played 5 warm up Shows in Ireland, 3 with a 2nd drummer, Jeff Rich). Almost a full year before Hysteria was released !!!
Read more about Rick's triumphant return HERE