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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why did brian use replicas of his guitars on stage - such as live at the bowl. What benefits did brian see in playing the replicas.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay, what would you do if you only had 1 guitar on stage and you break a string? Get the picture?


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well he didnt break a string at milton keys from what i can see and hear, so for some reason he has made the decision to change from the red special to a replica.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well.. if you saw the real red special backstage... all by itself.. wouldn't you have an urge to 'borrow' it?


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

whats that ment to mean.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it didnt it sat off side of the stage on a stand. watch milton keys the camera even catches him changing to a replica, its beofre now im here. Come on there must have been a proper reason, did they sound better for certain songs.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 10:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also, there are times when you don't want to be sitting tuning your guitar. So, having a guitar already pre-set and tuned means you can pick it up and go, while your other guitar goes off to be tuned and checked.

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EDIT: In fact, as most gigging guitarists know, having a backup guitar is nigh on essential! If something goes badly wrong with your instrument and you don't have a backup, you're in trouble.

And if you think about it, this is part of the reason for sourcing people to make a replica guitar for him (Brian). He was in posession of a rare guitar that he only had one of, but needed to be sure of a copy that would be able to back him up in times of need.

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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 12:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Different songs require different tuning, also, guitars go out of tune easily during performances--heat, humidity, smoke from the evil weed ;) etc. Plus, from time to time, a guitar may go flying over the stack of Vox amps. Good thing that was the Birch!

Plus there's also a kind of "cool factor" about his unique guitar being worthy of having such high-quality replicas made specifically for him.

The RS is drop dead gorgeous, but that green Guyton is a knockout as well.

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick uses a different guitar for every song, meaning you could see him playing as many as 20 different guitars in one show. This goes beyond the tuning issue though and is one of his distinguishing features. He has all kinds of wild looking guitars and part of the show is just seeing (and hearing) what different guitars he's going to use.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 13:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He didn't break a string at Milton Keynes but he'd got some tuning problems.

During the Queen days he didn't use different tuning in any number. On his solo tours he did though.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

He didn't break a string at Milton Keynes but he'd got some tuning problems.

During the Queen days he didn't use different tuning in any number. On his solo tours he did though.


Indeed. This happened during Dragon Attack. They solved it nicely, young Deaky doing his bass solo.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 14:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ha. I was watching Wembley yesterday, and concerned for Bri's guitar as he was running up and down the steps during "Now I'm Here!" Replica, then?

I was wondering if it had ever had a bodily injury.




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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 14:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Didn't he fall into the piano pit this year? :P


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 15:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I said "it," not "he."

:P

:D

And yeah, that was in DC. The concert I should have gone to, but I had a previous musical committment. Grrr.

I would've freaked to see him fall in the pit (not as much as he did, though).


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

Didn't he fall into the piano pit this year? :P


Yes. Headlong into it. In Washington, DC.


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>Quonkers wrote:

Oh god, I wish I could have been there! Poor Brian! What was he like afterwards? Bit shaken up?


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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 17:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

beautifulsoup wrote:

Ha. I was watching Wembley yesterday, and concerned for Bri's guitar as he was running up and down the steps during "Now I'm Here!" Replica, then?

I was wondering if it had ever had a bodily injury.



You mean did he use a replica for running songs?

No, he used the RS wherever possible. Replicas were used for broken strings/loss of tune, and in later years, for deliberate de-tuned songs



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Posted: 17 Jun 06, 20:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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beautifulsoup wrote:

Ha. I was watching Wembley yesterday, and concerned for Bri's guitar as he was running up and down the steps during "Now I'm Here!" Replica, then?

I was wondering if it had ever had a bodily injury.



You mean did he use a replica for running songs?

No, he used the RS wherever possible. Replicas were used for broken strings/loss of tune, and in later years, for deliberate de-tuned songs



Yeah, that's what I meant. I mean if you trip, and take a nasty spill - crushed guitar.


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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 01:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brian uses a diferent tuning for fat bottom girls



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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 01:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Correct. FBG is drop D tuning, always has been.

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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 01:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And what about White Man??? That one song they *should've* played in the US this year but didn't?

Haha.


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