Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke had a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar’s Justin Beckner, and revealed lots of unknown truth about him and Guns N’ Roses.
Gilby revealed that he was a Marshall and Les Paul guy before, just like Slash. He also clarifies, why he switched over to Vox AC-30 after joining Guns N’ Roses.
Here is what Clarke said:
“When I was in there, I turned it up and found that it had a beautiful saturated distortion with a lot more midrange. So when I joined G&R, I was a Marshall and Les Paul guy, just like Slash. He had a little bit more gain than me. Sometimes on stage if we both hit the same chord, I couldn’t tell who was hitting what.
So I switched over to VOX AC-30s during the G&R years. It really helped me separate my sound from his on stage and in the mix out front. So that is what really started the whole other side of my using AC-30s.
When I was working with Slash in the studio, I couldn’t plug a Les Paul into a Marshall, I would just sound a lot like him. So I always used an AC-30 or, on The Spaghetti Incident?, it’s a ‘62 Fender Deluxe on pretty much the whole record.”
“Was there ever a conscious effort to separate your tones [with Slash] in some way?”
“On my side, yes. On Slash’s side, I don’t think he really cared. But on my side, absolutely. Even though he had more gain, there is still that sonic frequency. But if you run it into an AC-30, it will cut through a bit better.”
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