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Adrian, Janick and Dave's guitars over the years

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by matic22, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Backup Guitar:
    -White Jackson Soloist with 1 humbucker and 1 single coil

    This guitar is not a Jackson. in fact it's an ESP with two mini humbuckers and a Bill Lawrence humbucker in the bridge position. It can be seen in the Countdown video of Wasted Years. My bad.

     
  2. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    It was discussed in the official TBOS tour spoilers thread. That guitar was used on every show since 2nd night in LA of FOTD and IM, and also on The Number of The Beast on the second show in Tokyo and the show in Moscow.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2016
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  3. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Was it not used in Maiden England 2014 too, or was that a Destroyer?
     
  4. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    That was a new Ibanez DT-500. I think Adrian acquired the X-stroyer and the green signature San Dimas from Jackson LACS just before the second show in LA. Since H is now probably exclusive user of Jackson guitars (A-grade endorser), he probably needed a hard-tail Jackson, and since Jackson have made an X-stroyer for Phil Collen before, they made another one for H.
     
  5. itwaszero

    itwaszero Prowler

    It seems that he's using the X-stroyer for the songs he plays in Drop D on this tour -- aside from If Eternity Should Fail, which he plays with his white signature model, perhaps for the Floyd Rose. Fantastic thread btw, love it!
     
  6. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    TNOTB was played with the 2007 Maple / Black pickguard AS Jackson prototype on all but two shows (2nd Tokyo night and Moscow). And if you ask how to distinguish the AS Jackson prototypes from production models: The white guiard / ebony prototype has Custom Shop written n the headstock instead of H's signature, and the black guard / maple proto has nothing. Also: It seems that H is using Seymour Duncan JB's in all but two of his guitars (the 2007 protos, which are Super Distortions).
    Here is a picture from Ovation.
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    If you look at the bottom case it says Jackson Ebony JB.


    That picture also solves a few questions about which guitar of H's was stolen in Greece in 2008. It wasn't the first prototype. It was the second. If you watched Flight 666, you can see that H is still using his Strats as backups for the first two Jacksons he recieved (Serials 8431 and 8432, the latter is H's main guitar since 2008, except for TFF 2011 tour). An IMTV episode from 2nd leg of 2008 SBIT tour indicates that H recieved two more Custom Shop Jackson guitars (Cream Strat was gone and the #1 sunburst was 3rd on the stand). I bet one of those had the serial 8467 and that is the stolen guitar.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016
  7. Mandume

    Mandume Prowler

    No, the Strat trashed at Dortmund in 1983 was a Squier.
     
  8. AlexS

    AlexS Trooper

    Here's that photo of Adrian with the Ibanez RS315. There's something at the 21st fret that I can't quite tell what it is - a custom inlay perhaps?

    Adrian Smith with RS315.jpg
     
  9. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Another bit of information for you. The 70's Strat that Dave played last year had an JB in the bridge and a custom wound Alternative 8 pickup in the neck position. It was probably changed to something else during the European leg (they switched the pickups from white to zebras after the Prague show).
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017
  10. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Ok, since I have a bit of time here is what H, Dave and Jan used on the previous The Book Of Souls 2016 world tour.

    H's guitars:
    -Jackson AS Signature Ebony, 2007 prototype
    -Jackson AS Signature Ebony, production model with Seymour Duncan JB in bridge position
    -Jackson AS Signature Maple, 2007 prototype
    -Jackson AS Signature Maple, 2008, 2nd prototype
    -Jackson Custom Shop AS signature, Maple neck, Green sunburst, with JB in bridge position
    -Jackson Custom Shop X-Stroyer
    -Gibson Les Paul Slash signature, Rosso Corsa model

    Dave's guitars:
    -Fender Custom Shop 70's stratocaster, Black, Rosewood fingerboard, JB in bridge and custom wound Alternative 8 in neck position
    -Fender California Series 2-tone Sunburst Stratocaster
    -Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster, Cream
    -Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster, Black
    -Gibson Les Paul Access in Tea Burst, With pickguard added, with JB and 59

    Janick's guitars:
    -Fender Custom shop replicas (black and vintage white)
    -White 60's reissue strat
    -White spirit strat
    -Sandberg California series strat in Sunburst
    -Epiphone Les Paul Custom


    Fun fact: Dave played his Sunburst strat on every song during the course of the tour.
     
  11. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Wow man nice!!! I have never seen the a picture of the black Lado with a Floyd on it. I knew it had one installed after the European leg, but I've never seen a picture. Also the blue sunburst Roadstar is probably what Powerslave was recorded with.
     
  12. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    It seems like the red strat is a Lado and it was a backup to the 64 Kahler strat. The white japanese Squier with a kahler was used on most shows for Iron Maiden. The blue Lado was used also for Iron Maiden on some shows. And that's all that I know. Also the first page is probably from 1988 and the other two are from 1985 (H didn't have the MIDI Laser until 1988 AFAIK). The picture of H and his guitars (second photo bottom left) is also from a different (European) part of WST (no Goldtop, no Floyd on the black Lado), while the other photos were made later. Also love how the Goldtop hasn't changed a bit from then until today (apart from the pickguard being on and off and a few battle scars).

    P. S. Are there any Japanese people here who can translate this?
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2017
  13. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Well there is one thing clear. It's not a Fender (no jack-plate). I'll try to find something about that. Can you post a close up of the Floyded Black Lado please?
     
  14. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Scrap that. If it has 22 frets it's a '85 Japanese Fender Contemprary stratocaster with changed electronics.
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  15. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    It's probably Super Distortion (no screw pole pieces). At first sight I thought it was a Paf Pro, but it was introduced in 86. Interesting that they opted to leave the Rockinger nut and not replace it with a Floyd one. The only thing I can understend is tat it is a Floyd Rose 5.
     
  16. AlexS

    AlexS Trooper

    That Japanese magazine shows what must be Dave's "Heritage Series" Les Paul that was in the gear listing in the Live After Death booklet. That was Gibson's 1980-81 attempt to re-create the '58-59 Bursts as closely as possible, and from what I've read they did a pretty good job. The pickups were designed by Tim Shaw to be very close to original PAFs; I used to have an Epiphone Spirit with those pickups in it and they sounded fantastic. Never seen a photo of Dave using it on stage, but it apparently traveled with them on the '84-85 tour, and maybe others.
     

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  17. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    The pickups in that LP are DiMarzios.
     
  18. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    I really hope that Fender issues a Signature Murray model of the Vintage White strat. I prefer maple necks and 22 frets... I think it would be a cool option (for those who don't like sunburst finishes, prefer maple necks or need 22 frets).

    Should I write to Fender? Naaah, they wouldn't do it.
     
  19. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    A reminder to all: use spoiler tags when discussing the setlist and details of the stage show anywhere outside of the 'spoilers allowed' thread.
     
  20. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    See the spoilers thread.
     

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