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Old 01-09-2016, 04:58 PM   #1
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Edge listed in the Artist section of Fractal Audio Page

I will just throw this out there for your info.

It probably wont surprise you guys, but Edge is on the artist section of the Fractal Audio webpage. He's been pretty involved with them for a while now (starting from end of 360 tour?) and he's now a big time user of Axe-Fx, like many artists nowadays.

here's the page: Fractal Audio Systems - Artists using the Axe-Fx II Guitar Processor, Ultra, Axe-Fx, MFC-101

i saw it as kinda weird move (haven't seen him on many company's webpage, and probably most recent one is Line 6). I guess Edge is feeling the sweetness of endorsement by now?

EDIT: Edge is not on the Line 6 page anymore, so there's that.
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:20 PM   #2
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Endorsement deals come and go. They're like celebrity marriages, they never last.
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:56 PM   #3
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unless if your company sue the shit out of you if you leave so you're forced to stay. (i don't know about details but I feel like some prominent Ibanez endorsee never use any of non-Ibanez guitars in public ever, even if they're at some concerts where Fender strats or Gibson LPs seem to be more appropriate)
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Here's what I think, Ibanez guitars are shred guitars. If that is your style changing to a Strat or a Les Paul is like being a ball room dancer and exchanging your dancing shoes back to sneakers again. You will definitely notice that. I speak from experience. Ibanez guitars have like the thinnest necks I've ever held in my hands. I prefer thin necks myself so that is a feature I appreciate (the only one in this case cause I hate Ibanez guitars). If you're used to that then taking up a Les Paul feels like playing a baseball bat. In that sense I don't think Ibanez players need much encouragement not to pick up a Les Paul or a Strat. I'd say Ibanez Fender and Gibson aren't the competition they should be worried about that their endorsees might switch over. ESP, Jackson, BC Rich, Dean, those on the other hand....

Back on the original topic, Edge becoming an endorsement whore is probably related to him no longer being a vintage gear fanatic. Now that he no longer almost exclusively uses his tried and tested decades old gear he's open to anyone who can offer him the sounds that he wants. And get a nice deal out of it as well.
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I really notice that Edge doesn't have not many vintage guitars now, though. Only his blonde tele and country gent are real vintage, or his Goldtop made in 80s (is 80s guitar considered as vintage?) Lots of his acoustics are modern as well, like Collings and Fneder (that one, i hate)
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Edge listed in the Artist section of Fractal Audio Page

yes. i noticed that on the backstage he had his sunburst Stratocaster... but not used on this tour. the rickenbacker i consider a vintage too...


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oh right, i forgot that he likes older Ricks......but I really don't see differences between high-gain pups and low-gain pups from Rickenbacker.
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he has different ricks with different pups?


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no, what i mean is that he prefers older ricekbacker with low-gain pickups while new ones have high-gain pickups. (they named pickups high gain, how funny)
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yes. i noticed that on the backstage he had his sunburst Stratocaster... but not used on this tour. the rickenbacker i consider a vintage too...


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Edge played the sunburst strat in cologne for Bad:

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I didnt see that... Later i will watch it.
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Edge played the sunburst strat in cologne for Bad:

wow that's interesting. what's more interesting is that tone isn't all that different from his custom strat....(sorry if I were tone deaf)
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Personally if Edge uses half a dozen different Strats live I rarely hear the difference between them. Maybe in a carefully organized studio A/B test, playing the same stuff over the same amp. But in a live situation, with various arena acoustics to consider and his army of amps and effects, they all sound the same to me. He could probably gig with only half a dozen guitars, and that would still be considered a lot by most other artists.

But I'm of the opinion Edge is like that princess who can feel a pea underneath whole stacks of mattresses. If he weren't a famous artist he'd be on TGP debating the pros and cons of wires vs. wireless, gold plated or not, special transistor mojo and all those other things TGP is famous for.
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"Perhaps more widely than any other guitarist in history, the Edge is known for his signature sound—a combination of musical elegance, exquisite core tone, and innovative effects—especially echo."

How can anyone else be known for Edge's signature sound??
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But I'm of the opinion Edge is like that princess who can feel a pea underneath whole stacks of mattresses. If he weren't a famous artist he'd be on TGP debating the pros and cons of wires vs. wireless, gold plated or not, special transistor mojo and all those other things TGP is famous for.
I know that he may choosing guitars according to feel, and there may be some EQ-ing within the axe-fx which can make guitars sound somewhat similar
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