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Old 05-03-2005, 02:29 PM   #1
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Zoo Station...?

I just have a little question about playing Zoo Station (live versions mainly).

In the intro, right after Edge slides down the fretboard, one can hear what sounds like very high pitched notes played in succession. I don't know if Edge is playing it live (have to watch Zoo TV again), or if it's pre-recorded, but I think I know what's going on there. A little while ago, I was playing the song on my Explorer as usual, without the little squeaks added in. By accident, I struck the A-string (with my left hand muting the string) in that little section between the lower half of the bridge and the uh...raised area of the strings (I'm not good with guitar lingo, I just play the damn things so here's a picture describing what I'm talking about http://xoomer.virgilio.it/flursich/f...lon_bridge.jpg ). I noticed that it gave a sound almost identical to the Zoo TV version of Zoo Station. And if you play the G-string in the exact same spot with standard tuning, it sounds like the version from the opening night of the Vertigo tour.

So my question is, is this "technique" as I guess you'd call it, really how Edge is getting that sound? Or is he doing something completely different?
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Old 05-03-2005, 05:04 PM   #2
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He could possibly be doing that or playing some heavily muted harmonics.

btw, your link is dead
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:21 PM   #3
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It's a combination of backing tracks and a muted A at fret 5 on the low E string. He gets the twangy notes in between the muted notes by picking right at the bridge.
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i think it's like what IrishDawg said heavily muted harmonics
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Old 05-04-2005, 07:59 PM   #5
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He gets the twangy notes in between the muted notes by picking right at the bridge.
yes, thats it.

with a les paul...like he uses there is a space between the bridge and the where the string starts.....whatever you want to call it.
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GibsonGirl, if I remember correcctly, when watching one of the San Diego DVDs you see Edge picking at the bottom of the strings, in the raised area like in the image you posted.

I think you stumbled onto the correct way of doing that noise.
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Ok I looked at the 30/5 DVD and that is EXACTLY what he is doing. picking the very bottom of the string, where it goes down.
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yes, thats it.

with a les paul...like he uses there is a space between the bridge and the where the string starts.....whatever you want to call it.
Right, I saw that on the San Diego DVD too. It's so subtle, how he bounces between both sides of the bridge. Talk about an original sound. Before, I always thought that high part was a backing track. I guess that's why he's the Edge orchestra.

Edge also strums the upper part of the guitar neck between the nut and the tuners in Bullet the Blue Sky. In the recorded version, he gives it a single strum and let's it feedback at the end of the guitar solo. Live in some of the Popmart shows, he strummed the nut-to-tuner section rhythmically.

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I cant see the photo you posted. Could anybody send it to my e mail? it is rafita01@hotmail.com. Thank you very much
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I cant see the photo you posted. Could anybody send it to my e mail? it is rafita01@hotmail.com. Thank you very much
It's probably easier if I post it here. I've included an arrow to show you the area I'm talking about.

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Thank you very much. This has given me another idea. I think in Miami live on the Pop mart (don't know if it is this song, but I remember the video) I saw him playing the strings right on the opposite part of the neck (don't know the name in english, sorry). Thanks for posting the photo. Also another question, anybody knows which effects he uses to get that heavy sound for the intro?
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you can use a Boss OD-2 for the zoo tv version
with a les paul
clip here
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4msw8w

on the vertigo tour
im pretty sure its the line6 DM4
clip here
http://www.sendspace.com/file/p466hf

its more the way its played mind you
sliding down the Neck on the Les paul


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Thanx, BB
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To me.....at the same time as this note is being hit there is a sound like two bits of wood being hit together(there is actually some form of instrument like this but the name escapes me) You can hear it clearly on live versions.
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Thank you very much. This has given me another idea. I think in Miami live on the Pop mart (don't know if it is this song, but I remember the video) I saw him playing the strings right on the opposite part of the neck (don't know the name in english, sorry). Thanks for posting the photo. Also another question, anybody knows which effects he uses to get that heavy sound for the intro?

u mean between the tuning peg and the nut? he does it in 'popmart' bullet as well. adam also does it in "40" on the chicago dvd. it makes a very "errie" sound. dont know about the intro though
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