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Old 03-06-2009, 11:06 AM   #1
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Letterman Gear: Night 4 - "Beautiful Day"

Letterman Gear: Night 4 - "Beautiful Day"

The Edge: 1976 Gibson Explorer
Adam: Fender Jazz bass. (Gold sparkle) / Aguilar cabinets (& Aguilar amp too, me thinks)
Larry: Yamaha Oak Custom drum kit (silver sparkle finish)
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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Now there's a surprise in gear.
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And if U2 EVER did Hawkmoon live....and the version from the Lovetown Tour, my uterus would leave my body and fling itself at Bono - for realz.
Don't worry baby, it's gonna be all right. Uncertainty can be a guiding light...
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Now there's a surprise in gear.
I know, who's have thought Edge would use the Explorer on Beautiful Day?

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Did he really record that on a Les Paul or not?
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:41 PM   #5
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Did he really record that on a Les Paul or not?
Well, as most if not all of us were not there... who's to be certain, outside of word from one that was there.

In that, I do have a list of questions, that being one, that has gone off to Dallas.

That said, because it's seen in a video, even if it appears to be in a studio, doesn't guarantee that it was what ended up on the album.

Case in point, Desire:
In Rattle And Hum, Edge is using the White Falcon. In the studio, per Dallas, Les Paul Custom. Listen to both version, they sound different and have different lyrics.

Also keeping in mind that a song has multiple guitar parts in it. It is likely that each can be on various guitars.

Case in point, Kite:
Most of the studio version, per interviews, was a Les Paul Custom but the solo is a Gretsch Country Gentleman.

I think a similar thing might be the case for "Magnificent". In the U2.com videos, he's using a tobacco Telecaster. This can be seen in some of the Fez footage too, if memory serves. But the solo sounds to be the Country Gent... and this might be why he's using the Gretsch Country Gent live.
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I really really hear a faint Strat come in on the left channel in Magnificent after the solo.
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I really really hear a faint Strat come in on the left channel in Magnificent after the solo.


It's entirely possible.

I don't think that there was a a conscious "No Strats" on this album", plan.

I know there was a Stratocaster in the studio, I remember seeing one on a couch behind a photo of Bono. That said, I've not heard or seen anything that seems to definitely be a Stratocaster.

I'm sure that with a bit more time, and Guitar Player or Guitar World articles... there might be more information on studio use of guitars for the new album.

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