What Strings Do You Use? JAKE E LEE

We ask a great gui­tarist all those lit­tle ques­tions you re­ally do want the an­swers to. This month: Jake E Lee, gui­tarist for Red Dragon Car­tel and for­mer gui­tarist on Ozzy Os­bourne’s Bark At The Moon and The Ul­ti­mate Sin al­bums.

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out? (Make/gauge and why?)

JEL: I use the Dun­lop Gel Stan­dard Heavy Red gui­tar pick, though to be hon­est I would find it harder to live with­out my right hand fin­ger­nails that I use to fin­ger­pick.

GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, what would they be? (And why)

JEL: My home built Oc­ta­pussy Oc­tave Fuzz be­cause it took me over a week to solder to­gether, my Pete Cor­nish Lin­ear Boost pedal be­cause it was once owned by Mick Ron­son, and my Ty­cho­brahe Pedalflanger be­cause it’s so unique sound­ing.

GT: Do you play an­other in­stru­ment well enough to be in a band? (If so what, and have you ever done it?)

JEL: Bass is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent an­i­mal from the gui­tar and needs to be played with a dif­fer­ent mind­set than that of a gui­tarist. I did play a cou­ple gigs on bass with Josh Brad­ford of Re­volt­ing Cocks and Karma Cheema of Amer­i­can Head­charge here in Ve­gas.

GT: If a mu­sic chart were put in front of you, could you read it?

JEL: I could read it but it might take me a lit­tle time, as sightread­ing was never my forte.

GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? If so, what make are yours?

JEL: They do make a dif­fer­ence. Ev­ery­thing makes a dif­fer­ence. You have to pick the things you feel are worth the time and ef­fort to mess around with. Ca­bles at this point for me are not worth get­ting my panties in an up­roar. Mogami would be my pref­er­ence.

GT: Is there any­one’s play­ing (past or present) that you’re slightly jeal­ous of? And why?

JEL: I have al­ways been a lit­tle jeal­ous of my friend War­ren DeMar­tini’s melodic sense in his beau­ti­fully phrased so­los. Hi War­ren, your turn!

GT: Your house/stu­dio is burn­ing down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage?

JEL: Even though she’s been in re­tire­ment for quite a while, my old white Charvel/Fen­der since I’ve known her the long­est.

GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it?

JEL: Right now my favourite amp for live gigs would be the new EVH three-chan­nel head. The set­tings don’t veer too far off from 12:00 on any of the chan­nels.

GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your gui­tars?

JEL: I guess it would be con­sid­ered a mod­er­ate ac­tion. Too low and I don’t feel like I’m work­ing with the gui­tar; too high and it’s too much work!

GT: What strings do you use?

JEL: My strings of choice are Ernie Ball Pure Nick­els. They’re warmer than wound nickel, with a 10 on top. Live it’s a skinny top and heavy bot­tom gaug­ing. In the stu­dio I like the sound of lighter strings. A lot of people think the heav­ier the string the bet­ter the tone but I dis­agree. Billy Gib­bons, Brian May, Tony Iommi, and Jimi Hen­drix all used light gauge strings and have recorded some of the most sought af­ter tones of all time. Nuff said! Jake E Lee’s new band, Red Dragon Car­tel, re­lease their epony­mous de­but al­bum in the UK via Fron­tiers Records on Jan­uary 27. Visit http://red drag­oncar­tel.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and up­dates.

Jake E Lee is back with his brand new band!

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