Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix - Cover take 3





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Published on May 9, 2008

Here's a replacement for my original version, in which I didn't even notice the backing track was tuned a half-step low, and which I had to edit for length (I just chopped the last couple minutes). I almost didn't post it, because it shows how few of the song's licks I know, and how easy it is to run out of ideas in a long solo. Try not to fall asleep. I really miss Jimi, nearly 38 years gone now.

My setup (because folks often ask) is a 2x12 Crate G130C XL amp I bought used for $175. (Not the Marshall head in the background--the head's flaky from being dropped too much.) I've got the chorus and some reverb on, with the preamp distorting (preamp volume all the way, tone controls near center). Instead of the Crate's speakers, this time I am playing through the Marshall cabinent, modified to separate the two pairs of speakers for the stereo output of the Crate. I also have a Boss DS-1 which was on part of the time, at a low distortion setting (all knobs a little left of center, 10 or 11 o'clock), just to smooth things out. The guitar is an Ibanez JS series, with a Fender Lace Sensor pickup in the bass position.

I think I got the backing track from http://www.guitarbt.com, but I ran it through "Transcribe" so I could raise the key from E-flat to E.

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