Back in Black is one of my all-time favorites, it was originally recorded in 1980.
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Amazingly it still sounds modern, and I think that’s because everything is simple, no gimmicks. In the 80s so many guitar players drenched their sounds with effects, me included..!!
But the sounds that stand the test of time are generally pure guitar and amp sounds, I believe AC/DC always kept it pure.
For Back In Black, I try to hit the guitar in a particular way with my right hand. I would describe it as a light touch but a strong snap from the wrist. It’s the same technique that probably works best for golf or tennis.
The bridge riff section is actually incredibly hard to play, it’s a great exercise!
Definitely check the original recording out on headphones so you hear the incredible power of one guitar on the right and one guitar on the left.
I learned that these guitars were recorded with Neumann U67 and U87 microphones. The amps were simple Vintage Marshalls with 412 cabinets.
The thing that blew me away is that I learned that Angus Young recorded his guitar wireless in the studio with the legendary Shaffer-Vega Diversity System. They liked the way the wireless system colored the mid range. There is a reissue of that system called the Schaffer Replica.
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