Hi Dweezil, thanks for doing this series. Last night I had a vivid dream in which I got a chance to hang out with Ed at his home. In the dream he let me play both the tiny Les Paul and the original red Frankenstein. Two questions: (1) Have you played that little Les Paul? (2) Was the string action on Ed's Frankenstein guitars low, medium, or high? What gauge strings? (Not that it matters, but in my dream Ed played .11s and had wicked high action.)
I never played the mini Les Paul but I did play the classic Frankie and some of Ed's other guitars that he was testing in his studio. Early Ernie Ball guitars and his Tele 12 string. The action on his guitars was comfortably low and he used light strings. I think 9-42. Definitely 9, 11, 16 for the top 3 strings.
I’ve loved all of the episodes, but enjoyed the Billy Corgan episode the most so far. It was centered around Edward, but got into how you both have personalized and applied your unique internal feelings of his inspiration. I like that it was a broad ranging conversation - it really resonated with me. Keep up the excellent work.
Final little thing: ever since Eddie's passing, alot of guys have been discussing online the making of the Frankenstrat - I know this is a podcast mostly centered on Eddie's playing, techniques, sound, etc, but: do you think you could possibly do something about the history of Frankie and Eddie's construction of guitars? I'd honestly love to hear discussion on that, and how it impacted his playing, as well as it being such an influential aspect for so many fans (the design, the reasons behind the many changes, where parts were sourced from, etc) - it's a big topic of speculation and while we have been able to piece together so much from old magazine articles and interviews, there's lots of gaps it seems.
If any of these things have already been discussed on episodes that have been uploaded, please disregard, as I haven't heard all 8 current episodes in full yet.
Thanks for reaching out. Glad you're enjoying the episodes. I too am fascinated with his guitar design. I hadn't planned on doing super in-depth discussions about the guitars or gear simply because the details of the nuts and bolts of that stuff hasn't been my main focus. I paid attention to the practical things in his guitar design and the gear choices but not the minute details like fretwire, volume pots, pico farads and transformer windings etc. Some people take deep dives into that territory and that might be better left to them. I may have a few conversations with some people who have played Ed's guitars or amps and get some stories about that experience. We shall see what opportunities present themselves.
Absolutely, the minutiae can be ridiculous - I'm happy to hear whatever comes up in conversation (if it happens), because so far the tangential discussions that naturally bring the interview subjects back to EVH are super interesting. Thanks again man.
Also, for some reason I'd love to hear Warren Conditi's take on some Van Halen material. He was the singer and rhythm/lead guitarist on a few of Whiplash's mid-90's albums. Maybe not as well-known as some of the other guys, but, I bet he'd have some great insight on Diver Down. I know he was a huge nerd for Cathedral and Intruder.
Hey Dweezil, is there a way the download files that are available above could be made available in a more consistent file numbering/naming/file format scheme, or at least multiple download options be made available for the different file formats?
I can't really download the very large WAV and FLAC files, and that seems to be the only options available for some of the episodes, while the others download as MP3.
Aside from that, I've really enjoyed the stuff I've heard so far and I look forward to hearing the episode on decoding the Brown Sound!
We are trying to work that out. Some people really want hi res files and some people want easily downloadable mp3s. Internally we are trying to figure out how to be able to make both easily accessible. Code for the site is required for that. Anyway, I would like to be able accommodate everyone. I hope to have a solution soon. Best, DZ
Thank you for the reply DZ - if you need any assistance with that, I ran a podcast network with 6 or 7 different shows for about 6 years and personally managed the distribution, naming, file management and organization of all the files on the server in order to provide our listeners with the best experience when they either listened to stream or downloaded files.
I used a freeware tool called "mp3tag", which really helped keep consistency across multiple platforms with the filenames/metadata for the files which we served - I understand the difficulties with setting those parameters manually when exporting the files from editing software and keeping them consistent when you're not doing them all at once (unless you're looking at a cheat sheet), and managing those files for multiple platforms. mp3tag allowed for mass changes to multiple files (say, for, selecting all within a file folder and setting the parameters like "album title", "artist", "genre", etc), so that when users would download for use on their personal playback devices, then all episodes of a particular podcast would be in the correct order and album once loaded onto iPod or other device.
If I can be of any assistance, feel free to put your webmaster in contact with me and I'm more than happy to help this podcast be the best that it can be :)