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by distorted electrics in
choruses, and songs like
"Riot," "Blue Murder" and
"Black Hearted Woman"
were pure guitar-driven
hard rock.

ESSENTIAL
LISTENING
Whitesnake, Blue Murder,
and Bad Boy Live! are definitive. Thin Lizzy's Thunder
and Lightning and Tygers of
Pan Tang's Spellbound are
also recommended

ESSENTIAL
VIEWING
Live performances
abound online ; recommended are "Bad Boys," a
1998 interview in Japan,
and a rendition of "We All
Fall Down," a 2010 version
of "Still of the Night,"
numerous Blue Murder
appearances, and a full
Whitesnake concert from
Tokyo in 1984.

SOUND
For decades, Sykes' main
guitar has been a well-worn
black '78 Les Paul Custom
with Dirty Finger pickups
or (more recently) reissue PAFs, medium-jumbo
frets, Grover tuners, and
Blue Murder proved that Sykes' playing,
through a passage in a D minor modality arranged
chrome pickg ua rd a nd
composing, and arranging on the Whitesnake
as sextuplet patterns repeated as lightning-quick
pickup surrounds. In the
album was no fluke. "Riot," the opening track from figures on the top two strings. Check out his
mid '90s, he acquired the
the debut album, offered numerous similarities
blend of pentatonic and diatonic melody, pur'59 Les Paul Standard heard
in tone, conception, and delivery. A hard-driving,
poseful hammer-ons and pull-offs, and seamless
on Loveland and played on
riff-based rock piece that would have fit in the
execution. His mastery of this technique has
tour at the time. Though
Whitesnake playlist. The outro solo (at 5:45) is
caused many to surmise it's done with twoa dedicated LP player, he
particularly noteworthy, where he develops a
handed tapping. It wasn't. This has been a familiar
used a '61 Strat for clean
series of ostinato licks that builds momentum
device since his early days with Pan Tang.
tones on "Is This Love" and
a Charvel with a Floyd Rose
use of chorus, wah (often as a filter), and
on "Ptolemy" and "Black Hearted Woman." through Mesa/Boogie amps - two Coliseum
delay, and prefers Ernie Ball Regular Slinky
He occasionally plays an EVH red/white/ heads for Whitesnake, each with a Mark III
or Reinforced Plain Steel (010-046) and
black "Frankenstein" copy, and a metallic-red preamp and six-L6L power section amountDunlop 1.14 Tortex picks.
Ibanez JS1200 given to him by Joe Satriani. ing to 180 watts each. In Blue Murder, he
Others in the arsenal include an Ovation, favored a rack with Dual Recto and Mark
Wolf Marshall is the founder and original editor-insunburst Gibson ES-175, Les Paul goldtop IIC+ heads, Triaxis preamp, Strategy power
chief of GuitarOne magazine and a respected author and
with P-90s, a red SG-style doubleneck, and amp, rack-mount Dunlop Crybaby, Lexicon
columnist who has been influential in contemporary
blond Rickenbacker 12-string.
PCM 41 and PCM 70 delays, and an H&H
music education since the early 1980s. His latest
For much of his career, Sykes has relied V800 power amp. His favorite cabinets
releases include 101 Must-Know Rock Licks, B.B. King:
on 50-watt Marshall JCM 800 heads modi- include Marshall 4x12s as well as Boogie
the Definitive Collection, and Best of Jazz Guitar. A list
fied by Jose Arrendondo and mostly paired "Half Back" 4x12s, Mesa Recto 4x12s, and
of credits can be found at wolfmarshall.com.
with 4x12 cabs. Much of his rhythm work is custom 4x12s. He occasionally makes light

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