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Player Michael Schenker Al­bum Phe­nom­e­non (1974)

One of rock’s most almighty pen­ta­tonic py­rotech­ni­cians, Michael Schenker’s tone would have been hot al­ready, with his trusty Gib­son Fly­ing V go­ing into an over­driven 50-watt Mar­shall Plexi, but with his sig­na­ture cocked wah (or parked wah) ma­noeu­vre, he could move through fre­quen­cies alien to other gui­tarists. A cocked wah is sim­ply the prac­tice of us­ing a wah-wah in a fixed po­si­tion and find­ing the sweet spot for your tone. On UFO’S Rock­bot­tom, Schenker’s wah is di­alled to max­imise his midrange, de­liv­er­ing a chewy crunch that sounds com­bustible – es­pe­cially on the spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance cap­tured on UFO’S live al­bum, Stranger sin the night.

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