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producer"), "Fault
Line" is mellow
tune ("The very
f irst one I sang
on..."), while "Buried Alive" possesses
a Zeppelin vibe.
"That one's probably my favorite.
Writing the lyric
was cathartic, and
there's the jam at
the end. I wanted
to make songs that
were catchy, but
not every one had
to have a lead. For
me, it is about the
composition. I did
the arrangements in
Pantera, so I know
what to do here and
when to go there,
and 'Buried Alive'
is the epitome of
where I want to be."
A particular guitar and amp started
the ball rolling.
"I took my rebuild of a '60s Telecaster - beat up,
looks like it came
out of a pawn shop,
but plays like no other. I have a '68 Fender Twin
Reverb, so I plugged in and learned how to play
guitar again. I've played guitar since I was nine
years old, but I had to knock some rust off."
Several Les Pauls also proved prominent,
including a VOS goldtop with a Seymour
Duncan Custom Custom, as well as Teles
and several by Prestige ("They make these
insane Les Paul copies that play as good as
anything I've ever gotten from the Gibson
Custom Shop").
Various amps were utilized for the sessions,
including a small combo and a few provided
by Rascal Flatts guitar tech, Dave Graef.
"I found this '75 Marshall Super Lead, a
'76 Super Bass, and a 50-watt from 1967. The
Super Lead had something about its tone where
I could put the knobs straight up. We played
it through a Bogner 4x12, with Celestion 30s.
I was told it's the head John Sykes used on
Whitesnake's Slide It In."
For Brown, this could be the start of a new
chapter.
"This is a new lease on what I do, musically.
And I'm just barely getting my feet wet. There's
much more to do." - Greg Prato

Ask Zac
WITH ZAC CHILDS

The Fender Soundette.

I recently scored a Fender Soundette.
The thing is cool and I'm curious about
its story. - Jeff Preston
The Soundette was an effect made in
the '60s. It used a spinning disc to produce
echo and had three buttons to select short
delays or, if all were pushed, an interesting
wash. It was also offered under the Arbiter
name with different graphics. It's hard to
say why it didn't take off, but its lack of
long delays and the fact that in 1967 it was
priced at $239 - $10 less than a Deluxe
Reverb - could have hurt sales.

REX BROWN
T

hroughout his career, Rex Brown has
delivered the low-end as the bassist for
Pantera, Down, and Kill Devil Hill. But for
his new (and first-ever) solo album, Smoke on
This, he picked up the six-string.
Motivation for the effort came on the road
with Kill Devil Hill.
"This is purely for the love of music," he said.
"Sitting on the tour bus, I thought, 'I need to
watch the grass grow. I want to kick back. I want
to watch my kids grow. I want to go play guitar."
Brown handled vocals, rhythm guitar, and
bass while friend Lance Harvill contributed
lead guitar, producer Caleb Sherman played
keyboards and lap steel, Lynyrd Skynyrd's
Peter Keys offered further keys plus mellotron,
and drummer Christopher Williams kept the
beat. Stylistically, the album recalls a vibe
straight out of the '70s - not by accident.
"I was listening to a lot of '70s hits, which
took me back to some really great [music] not
only from the soul side, but the rock-and-roll
standpoint."
"Get Yourself Alright" leans heavy on
psychedelia ("I tried to make it even more
psychedelic, but got tired of fighting the

VINTAGE GUITAR

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October 2017

J. Kevin Constantine's Yamaha SJ 550HR.

I bought a Yamaha SJ 550HR guitar at
a pawn shop and I love it. Besides the
headstock decal, the only markings are
"SJ 500H" and "60.5.20" stamped on the
underside of the pickups. What can you
tell me about it? - J.Kevin Constantine
The Super Jam (SJ) series was introduced in the late '70s and had a modified
Tele-style body with a fixed bridge and
bolt-on neck. Cornell Dupree, the most
famous SJ user, played a custom 800 with
a middle pickup and natural finish. Your
550HR was made in Taiwan, and can be
dated to 1985 via the stamp on the pickup
bottom, which correlates to the 60th year
of Emperor Hirohito's reign.
Zac Childs is a guitar tech in Nashville. If you
have a question about guitars, anything from
nuts and bolts to historical or celebrity-related
inquiries, drop a line to him at zac@askzac.
com or visit facebook.com/askzac.

Rex Brown: Neil Zlozower.

Still Smoking


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