What Strings Do You Use? We ask a great gui­tarist all those lit­tle ques­tions you re­ally do want the an­swers to. This month: One of rock’s gi­ant soloists and mu­si­cian ex­traor­di­naire, Marty Fried­man

Guitar Techniques - - Intro - MARTY FRIED­MAN

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out?

MF: Could not care less. Does any­one?

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

MF: I don’t even have three. I have a Boss Cho­rus and a Maxon Auto Fil­ter. I love them but have no qualms at all about play­ing with­out any ped­als. If you rely on ped­als, you’ll be screwed with­out them. Ped­als are fan­tas­tic when you want to give that lit­tle ex­tra su­gar or hot sauce on top of some­thing, as a con­trast to the al­ready good sound you have from play­ing into your amp.

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

MF: I played bass in bands when I first started play­ing gui­tar be­cause it was much eas­ier to get a pro­fes­sional gig that way.

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

MF: Sure!

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

MF: Sure. I’m not deep enough to tell any tonal dif­fer­ence, but a good ca­ble will never short out, let you down, and never slip out of its in­tended hole (insert in­nu­endo here). I use Anal­y­sis Plus.

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

MF: Who has time for that? Mil­lions of mu­si­cians can do things I could never dream of. If I was jeal­ous about that, I’d never get any­where. If any­thing I get in­spired by great artists rather than jeal­ous.

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

MF: The last thing I would think about is a gui­tar if that were to hap­pen!

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

MF: The EN GL Steve Morse amp is amaz­ing. My tech will be mak­ing some tweaks to it over the next year or so to cre­ate a Marty Fried­man sig­na­ture amp, but it is so good I can’t even think of a sin­gle thing I would want to change on it yet. But I’ve no idea how to set it!

GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your gui­tars? (Any par­tic­u­lar quirks etc?)

MF: I like it higher than most it seems. When­ever I pick up some­one else’s gui­tar it feels like their ac­tion is very low. I like to re­ally grip the strings so a bit of re­sis­tance is what I like.

GT: What strings do you use?

MF: 10-46 D’Ad­dar­ios. They sound great and, most im­por­tantly, they never break.

GT: And what are you up to at the mo­ment?

MF: I’m on the Gui­tar Uni­verse tour, co-head­lin­ing with Gus G. There are two dates in the UK on 21st and 22nd May. My own new al­bum, In­ferno, is out now!

A good ca­ble will never short out, let you down, or slip out of its in­tended hole.

Marty Fried­man: “If you rely on ped­als you’ll be screwed with­out them.”

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