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Yo u h a v e n ' t
played on any BLS
albums yet, right?

I came in just after
the last one, Catacombs of the Black
Vatican. But Zakk
and I have done
a lot of stuff live
together - acoustic
tours where it's just
him and I. We do
a lot of harmonies, shredding back and forth
where we'll switch off solos.

DARIO LORINA
Black Label Soloist

B

est known as Zakk Wylde's right-hand
man in Black Label Society, Dario Lorina
is an accomplished shredder in his own right,
as evidenced by his second solo/instrumental
album, Death Grip Tribulation.
Who are some of your influences?

When I was younger, Eddie Van Halen was
my number one guy. Riding in the car with my
dad, I'd pull the tape out of the glove box. Then
it was, "I want to play guitar and I want to sound
like that." Later on, Paul Gilbert and George
Lynch became two of my favorites. But I love
all kinds of different players - Johnny Winter to
John Sykes - and different kinds of music. Right
now, I'm hooked on this trip-hop play list. I'll
listen to that and to Motown, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Tool. I take influence from everywhere.
What are some of your favorite solos on
Death Grip Tribulations, and what were some
of the most challenging?

"Echoes of A Stone Heart" is up there, which
has this modern-but-throwback dance vibe to

What gear did you use on the album?

I've been playing LAG Guitars for years, all
with Seymour Duncan pickups. I doubled a lot
of the rhythms with my Les Paul, which has
been in my family for years. We think it's from
the '60s. Everything else was done with my LAG
signature model, the Arkanator. It combines
two of their models, the Imperator and the
Arkane, and is kind of like a Strat meets a Les
Paul. But for every solo, I used the LAG Arkane
with Seymour Duncan TB Custom Custom in
the bridge and a '59 Custom hybrid in the neck.
For leads, the entire album was done with my
JCM800 except for "Echoes of A Stone Heart,"
which was with a EVH 5150 III for the lead, and
then for rhythms a Marshall 800. In front of the
800, I have a Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive,
and that's also what I have in front of the EVH
5150 III, so that's a mainstay. I think the engineer
mixed-in some other amps - a Bogner on a
couple songs. - Greg Prato

VINTAGE GUITAR

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January 2018

Ask Zac
WITH ZAC CHILDS

I am looking for info on my Aria
Thinline Tele copy. It has a plywood
neck and serial number 1000208. -
Richard Wilson
I asked VG contributor/import-guitar
specialist Michael Wright. He said,
"It's an early 'copy-era' model. Aria
followed the lead of Hondo/Hondo II
by changing its brand to Aria Pro II
in 1975. By '76, all of the company's
electrics were Aria Pro II and the copy
guitars were on the way out. Most
Japanese companies didn't use serial
numbers until around '75 because
they weren't selling enough to worry
about returns. However, Shiro Arai was
pretty progressive, so who knows?
Aria sourced many of its electric
guitars from Matsumoku, which used
a serial-number scheme that gave the
year in the first one or two digits. If they
were using that scheme when your
guitar was made, it would be a 1971. If
the tuners are the kind with stamped
covers, that would help confirm an
early-'70s build. Finally, the plywood
neck would also suggest very early
'70s; by mid-decade, the necks were
solid. The plywood neck was invented
in Germany and the Japanese began using it in 1967 or '68. The only company I
know that used the plywood necks was
Kawai, on its own brand and guitars it
made for Teisco; I've never seen one
on a Matsumoku product. I don't know
much about Aria's relationship with
Kawai, so I can't be sure, but I suspect
this is a '71 Aria sourced from Kawai."
Can you tell us something about
the gorgeous Gibson SG that Brittany
Howard uses in Alabama Shakes? -
Allen Honigfeld
According to our friends at Gibson,
that's a recent SG Les Paul Custom
Reissue with an Ebony board and
Custombuckers. It has early-'60s
specs, with VOS Nickel hardware
and an Inverness Green finish.
Zac Childs is a guitar tech in Nashville. If
you have a question about guitars, anything
from nuts and bolts to historical or celebrityrelated inquiries, drop a line to him at zac@
askzac.com or visit facebook.com/askzac.

Dario Lorina: Dustin Jack.

it, with a Van Halen
vibe, too, and strong
chorus melody I
think worked really well. A lot of the
album is challenging; I push myself.
The solo section of
"Fire Sign" grew
on me; it's really
melodic and I dig
how the drums and
the rhythm really
compliments everything. "Waves of
Nostalgia" is really
cool - off the beaten
path for rock/metal
instrumental stuff.
Jeff Fabb played
drums on that, from
Black Label. The rest
of the album is my
good friend, Dan
Conway.


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