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Few Important Electronic Gadgets Used by Eddie Van Halen

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There are many electronic gadgets on which Eddie Van Halen has worked. One such gadget is an amplifier.

Eddie, in the early years used a 100 watt Marshall Amplifier, which dates it to the 1967-1968 transitional periods at Marshall when the circuit of the 100 watt Marshall 1959 changed gradually from the "Bass" circuit to the "Super Lead" circuit. Eddie's main Marshall had a white knob installed at the back of his Marshall Head. This change was seen from his photographs.

For Van Halen-I, a single Celestion speaker cabinet was used and a variac set to around 90 volts was also used on Eddie's main 100 watts Marshall Head, for lowering the volume of amplifier.

The volume control was set to maximum or 10. Van Halen-I was recorded in Studio 1 at Sunset Sound and Van Halen II was reco rded in Studio 2 at Sunset Sound.

Eddie than began to work on a real time re-amping or Master/Slave slaving amplifier setup which was originally designed by Bob Bradshaw, with the first amplifier being a Tube Amplifier and the second amplifier being a H&H MOSFET solid state power amplifier.

Eddie was also sponsored by Peavey Electronics to use their 5150 Amplifiers, on which he did bit of designing.

Eddie is now sponsored by Fender and has introduced his new amp, called as 5150 III. The 5150 III features three channels with their own independent controls, a four-button foot-switch and his famous striped design on the head.

Of all, the most important component was ofcourse, Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo. Early tremolo bars allowed the guitarist to impart a vibrato to a chord but that could lead to detuning.

The addition of the locking bolts at the nut and bridge kept the strings tight. Van Halen went on to collaborate with Floyd Rose on improvements to Rose's device.

Van Halen also initiated the use of the Trans-Trem system on the Steinberger line of guitars on "5150" on the songs such as "Summer Nights" and "Me Wise Magic", where the song goes through several key changes while retaining the same chord voicing.

By FW Editor

Tags: musician, guitar, gadgets

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 06 April '10

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