The Edge

Had a bit of an early U2 phase in Autumn 2021 and created a few straight cover videos. The Edge, after Mick Jones of The Clash, was one of my earliest influences. I discovered him via the War album when it was first released in 1983 and was blown away by the guitar playing on the likes of ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Surrender’. After The Unforgettable Fire I lost interest, but there is no doubt that early on he was a real innvovator on the instrument. For these videos I’m muting his guitar and replacing with my approximation, playing along with the tracks.

“I suppose ultimately I’m interested in music. I’m a musician. I’m not a gunslinger. That’s the difference between what I do and what a lot of guitar heroes do.”

The Edge

Videos (covers, no tab)

U2 – Fire
U2 – October
U2 – An Cat Dubh


For the electric covers I’m using an ABY box to split the guitar signal. Left hand side is EHX Memory Boy into an Amplifire-box on its Vox setting. Right hand side is TC Electronic Flashback into a Joyo AC Tone, then to a Mooer Radar on its AC30 simulation. Then into two channels on my DAW, where I’m adding room reverb.

I’m playing a Squier Classic Vibe ’70s, tuned down a semitone, using a Herco pick held upside down to better get that early Edge tone.

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