Full Throttle

31 03 2008

1965-66 Gibson GA-5T Skylark 25

Peaking the volume on the Skylark brings out a tiger! It finally gets nice and loud enough to bother someone on a different floor in a house and on chords, it’s all claws and spite. On a G&L Skyhawk, open string power chords can pass off a fair Bon Scott era AC DC imitation while higher up the neck, sharp, clipped minor chords bring to mind a “London Calling” feel. As with lower volume work, single note leads don’t breath the same fire but a light touch elicits a wee bit of “Little Wing” Fender Black Face snappyness while really digging in draws up some of Stevie Ray’s cleaner lead work.

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