August 19, 2006

The Guitars Of Frank Zappa

Dweezil Zappa talks to Guitar Player about the guitars of Frank Zappa.

Considering Frank rarely used anything stock, it’s difficult to ape his tones. For the most part, it’s really about having the right midrange, and being able to get controllable feedback at will. Frank devised a way to make that happen by fitting his guitars with onboard preamps that put drastic EQ control at his fingertips, and kicked out a ridiculous amount of boost—up to 18dB. Frank really loved screwing around with stuff, and making it work for him and the way he played.

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