The Guitars of Linkin Park


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1/5 Update: New guitars...sort of!

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year! I've finally done some catching up on studio photos from sessions for the band's seventh album (which is basically finished at this point, from what I know). While I haven't found any "new" guitars, I have found numerous pictures of different band members using guitars I previously hadn't seen them with - Brad with Ethan Mates' vintage Gibson SG, Mike with Brad's Custom Shop Strat, etc., so you'll see some new stuff on all four of the guitar-related pages. I also found a better photo of Brad with the "Cardboard Chaos" Strat, so that entry has been updated as well, as has a little bit of information on a few other entries. Looks like the band is sticking with the same array of guitars they used for The Hunting Party for the most part!

Anyway, had a good recording session today...right now my tentative plan is to start uploading videos again sometime the week of January 23rd. Working on some more tabs-related stuff when I'm not recording, too!


12/29: Tab Updates

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Finished updating guitar info for the rest of the songs in the "Misc. LP Songs" folder - that's everything from Little Boxes through What I've Done (Distorted Remix). I've also made more significant updates to the following songs:

-Little Boxes: After giving this another listen, I realized it's actually fingerpicked and the bottom note on the G string is always plucked with the thumb at the same time as the top note on the E string, so I updated the tab. Also corrected spacing.

-Points of Authority (Crystal Method Remix): Corrected spacing.

-QWERTY: Added numerous downward slides that were previously absent from the tab, made note of a slight variation at the end of the first chorus that I hadn't noticed before, and notated that the upward slides leading into each verse are only played by one guitar.

Moving right along here...I'm trying to update a few tabs every day on the days I don't have to work.


12/28: Tab Updates/Small Recording Update

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, sneaking in here with another tab update before the end of the year. I've added guitar info for approximately half of the songs in the "Misc. LP Songs" category - Everything from A.06 through L.O.A.T.R. (M. Shinoda Remix). Should be getting the rest of that section done in short order too. In addition, I've made more significant updates to the following songs:

-Three Band Terror: I changed the tuning of 2 out of the 3 guitars from open D to D standard, as the sustained chords played by the rhythm guitars really don't make a lot of sense in the open tuning the main part is played in.

-Announcement Service Public: Guitar count increased from 4 to 5, as the powerchord part is doubled.

-Blackbirds: Since I changed the positioning of the clean part in Valentine's Day and the clean part in this song is nearly identical in tone and note choice, I made a similar change with this song as well.

-Buy Myself Remix: Adjusted spacing.

-Dedicated: Adjusted spacing.

-High Voltage (Remix): Adjusted spacing, guitar count increased from 1 to 2 (everything is doubled).

Also, I'm currently on my longest break from school since I started at McNally Smith (I get a whole five weeks off for winter break!), so as of this week, I've resumed recording material for my Youtube channel (yay!). Right now my plan is to record as much as I can during the break, then I'll start uploading videos once I go back to school the week of January 23rd. I've got a couple parts of previously-recorded songs that I'm re-recording, and I'm also tackling a few new things as well, including recording No More Sorrow with my new EBow!

As I head into my TENTH year of working on both my Youtube covers and this website (jeez I'm getting old), I just want to say that I appreciate all of you for sticking with me, and I hope I can continue to provide quality material for you. 2016's been quite a drag, and while there's a lot of big things for us all to be concerned about in 2017 and beyond, I believe that music will continue to be a source of positivity in the world.


11/25: Tab Updates/Being real for a minute...

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Boy, remember back in the spring/early summer when it seemed like I was actually going to be posting regular updates again for the forseeable future? Yeah...more about that in a moment, but first, some good news! I've done my first big tabs update in a while, which consists of the following:

-Added guitar info for all Minutes to Midnight songs.

-I have a particular spacing format that I've been using on all of my tabs for quite a while, but some of my older tabs didn't follow this format, so I've updated them to be consistent. The affected tabs are the following:

Given Up (bass)
New Divide (bass)
Shadow of the Day (bass)
Wake (bass)
What I've Done (bass)
Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer (just the Points of Authority section)
Remember the Name
Back Home
There They Go
Points of Authority
By Myself
Cure for the Itch
High Voltage (HTEP version)
Faint (Demo)
Points of Authority (Demo)
Debris (only the first line of the intro)
Hit the Floor
Nobody's Listening
Given Up
Hands Held High

This change will probably affect some more tabs as I work through them in the future, and I'll be sure to notify you if that's the case.

-More significant changes for the following tabs:
Shadow of the day (Guitar AND bass) - Added a "Post-Chorus" section after the first chorus, instead of calling the first line after the first chorus part of the second verse.
Given Up - Added two more guitar tracks to account for proper layering.
Bleed It Out - Added two more guitar tracks, as the outro octave parts are not the same guitars as the bridge rhythm parts.
Valentine's Day - Changed the positioning of the clean parts, as I believe the studio version was done differently than how Brad plays it live.

Cool? I know it's been a while, but I'm currently trying to work through a bunch of this stuff that I've been meaning to do for ages. Should have some more tab updates soon.

Now for that whole "being real for a minute" thing...I don't get too personal here very often, but I feel like I should at least explain why I haven't done a video in four months and counting: I'm more burnt out on guitar playing than I've ever been in my life. I attribute this largely to the stress of my college curriculum, I'm playing guitar so much for school-related stuff that I don't feel much of an urge to pick up a guitar for any other reason. In fact, I didn't take any guitar classes over the summer (I was working on my production classes at the time)...and I didn't pick up a guitar all summer. I'm not exaggerating, I went from early May until early September without touching the instrument I've dedicated my life to, with the exception of a couple Youtube things I recorded during that time period. I've never gone through this big of an "I don't really feel like playing" period before, and it has me kind of concerned. I'm sure part of it is chronic depression (another thing I don't often talk about publicly), part of it is my own doubts in my ability from being around classmates who are way better at guitar than me even though they're a decade or more younger than I am, part of it is a lack of a sense of purpose ever since my biggest musical influence (my dad) passed away last year...and part of it is my usual lifestyle of procrastination and all-around laziness! I'm not trying to be a downer, but I'm going on a solid seven months of feeling this way, and I don't know when or if it's going to change. I still love music, and I still WANT to play guitar...I just haven't FELT like playing guitar. I'm trying to force myself to do it more lately, hence the big tab update (I powered through that in two days, and it feels good to actually get some stuff done!).

At the very least, I plan on doing a better job of keeping you guys updated, rather than just leaving you in the dark for four months like I just did. I can't promise that I'm just going to flip a switch and start throwing updates at you every week again, but I'm going to try to do a better job. I appreciate those of you who stick with me through my quiet periods like this, and I'll try to make it worth it for you.


Youtube Cover of the Week (7/25): When They Come for Me

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry about posting this 3 days after I meant to...I'll be honest, I've been playing a lot of Pokemon GO and forgot. >_>

Anyway, this week's cover isn't a challenging one playing-wise, but it's tricky in terms of tone. When They Come for Me has a very fuzzy guitar tone with some sub-octave stuff going on, plus it has a very weird out-of-phase kind of sound as well. I made use of the Filter Matrix mode on my EHX Epitome's Electric Mistress section to create similar sounds (for those that don't know, the Filter Matrix mode basically allows you to "freeze" the pedal's flanger effect in various spots on the flanger's sweep). Guitar 1 is basically just a repeating C octave pattern that only appears for a few seconds in the intro, but comes back during the bridge and outro, so I added a bunch of extra stuff in between...

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...and Guitar 2 consists of the part that Brad actually plays live, which appears during the bridge/outro. There's also a little 4-note sample of this guitar part that re-appears near the very end of the song, so I played the main C# to C pattern during that part of the song to have something in between the main part and the sampled part:

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I've got some catching up to do since I went a few weeks without uploading anything, so I plan on doing two songs this weekend.