Mark from Wales asked, “On the rhythm track for “I Can’t Tell You Why” do you use a delay to get the repeated chords?”
Yes, that is an old Echoplex set to the exact delay speed as the tempo of the song. I played each chord once and let the echo do the magic.
Dusan wrote in asking if Don remembers which type of acoustic guitars he and the other Eagles band members used on recordings.
We used many different acoustic guitars on the records. Bernie Leadon had some excellent acoustic guitars and I used mostly my 1965 Martin D-35. Once Bernie left the band my D-35 became the “GO TO” acoustic when we needed one.
Toni wanted to know if Glenn plays anything on the original version of Hotel California or if he’s just singing background vocals.
I really can’t recall what he played but it would have been either a reggae part (which I think Joe replaced) or another acoustic (which Glenn played on stage.)
“There are harmonized (lead) guitars in One Of These Nights (throughout the song) and Too Many Hands (choruses). Who played them? Thanks again,” – Toni
In those days Glenn and I played most of the electric harmony guitar parts.
“Don, I’ve heard some rumors that you played a BC Rich Seagull back in the day – is that true? God bless you and greets from Croatia,” – Luca
I was given a BC Rich Seagull back in the early 70’s. One of my good friends who was very poor but a good player needed an electric guitar so I gave him my BC Rich. It was blue and played great, but I had enough guitars and he didn’t!
“Don, first of all, thanks for many years of enjoyment. On the live recording of Hotel California during the solo, you slid your pick down the strings. Then you hit an “A” chord. That has to be the best tone I’ve ever heard! Please confirm that was a Marshall. My friends don’t think so, but I don’t think a tweed sounds like that. Thanks again,” – Ken S.
I really can’t recall exactly what amp I used in the video. I had been using either a Fender Tweed Deluxe or a Fender Black Face Deluxe (like the reissues they make today) with a Vox Silver Bell speaker. I (also) used a 50 watt Marshall and a 4×12 slant cabinet with 2 12′ speaker taken out for a while.
“On your high gain songs on your records what do you keep the pre-gain and low settings on? Come to Atlanta,” – Scott
On my old recordings I never used a pre-gain amp. Mostly I used an old Fender Tweed Deluxe amp and maybe a chorus pedal or Echoplex. I used one of the new Vox AC 30’s in the studio on my new CD and loved it.
Larry P: Hi Don. There is a picture of you and your daughter playing a live show. What is the model of Fender amp (next to the Marshall amp) you are using? Is there anything special about that particular model?
Don: “This is a Fender Vibrolux Re-Issue with two 10-inch speakers. I had used one in the UK (which is 220V instead of 110V) and it was amazing. The US versions are good but not as “hot” as the UK version.
Phil P.: What year is your old Fender Tweed Deluxe? If you’re not sure, can you tell me if it’s early, mid or late 50’s? I also understand that you play(ed) Blackface Deluxes. Were these reverb or non-reverb (and do you have a preference?) Do you still play these amps, or do you play re-issues of them? Thank you so much for yor patience and kindness with your guitar fans.
Don “I used and still use Fender Tweed Deluxe amps. My favorite one that I used on “Hotel California” and “One of These Nights” is a mid-50’s model. I also played a Blackface Deluxe (non-reverb) with a Vox Silver bell speaker in it.On the road I now use a Blackface Deluxe Reverb (re-issue) as they are very easy to find and can take a beating and keep on ticking.
Paul H.: Hello Don. I am in a 10-year-old Eagles tribute band called Another Tequila Sunrise. “Those Shoes” came out and the talk box parts seem to be so hard to replicate… Did you and Joe [Walsh] do them together, or were the parts done by Joe and overdubbed? Any hints on achieving this sound? Thanks.
Don: “Joe and I played these talk box parts live. As a matter of fact the entire track with exception of the vocals was recorded live with the entire band.My best suggestion for sound is get a small amp and a Frampton Talkbox and tune the gain up a lot so you get MAX sustain but not so loud to hurt yourself. That tone is all about sustain and not volume.
Arjuna De S.: I would really appreciate if you could tell me what guitar effect pedals you used in the “Hotel California” lead solo and if you use any special effects while you play 12-string guitar. Thank you and regards.
No effects pedals on the Hotel California solo. Just my ’59 Les Paul into a Fender tweed mid 50’s Deluxe on 10. I recorded the acoustic 12-string with a microphone and installed a pickup in the “O” hole which was run into a Leslie (organ) cabinet and placed 2 mics on it (left & right) to make it stereo as the horn turns.
Adrian from Toronto: Don, any chance that you once owned a white Ibanez 2402 double neck 6 and 12 (1974) because the one I purchased in California a few years ago also has 2 output jacks. I’ve never seen any others like this as it is wired rather oddly. Thanks!
I’ve never owned an Ibanez double neck. Someone could have seen the logic in having two outputs as I did and wired it accordingly.
Stephen B.: Hi Don. I played with Joe W. in the 80’s. I am used to searing guitar, but I saw you play in ’95 and when you played the intro to “Victim of Love,” I was surprised as you blew my hair back with an incendiary tone from a Strat. What pickups do you use? Are they Lace Sensors and if so, what model?
Those are Lace Sensor pickups but wired with only a single volume pot left in the circuit. All other circuitry has been removed. No tone pots etc., only pickups, pickup selector switch and volume.
Jake McD.: Your 1959 Les Paul Standard with the beautiful Heritage Cherry Sunburst is the MOST BEAUTIFUL instrument I have ever seen. I’m curious where that beauty is today and how often you play it. Thanks, Mr. Felder, for inspiring me.
Thank you for your kind words! My original 1959 Les Paul is safely stored away in a high security location. I still play it quite often and used it on my latest CD “Road To Forever.” I’ve used it on nearly every record I’ve made but no longer take it on the road.
Don, being that you are my favorite guitarist I want a tone similar to yours…I’m looking for a new amp and I’m really unsure what kind of amp I want. I understand that now you use a Fender reverb deluxe. Do you think that is a good amp for me being that I play classic rock? – Evan
The Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue is a very workable amp. You should play it yourself and determine if it fits your style and tone.
I’ve found often that it’s NOT the amp or the guitar that someone uses but the hands that are playing it and what they are playing that makes it sound great or not. Tone for amps is like picking what kind of car you drive. How much you can afford, how practical (or not) you are, mileage, style, function etc. It’s a very personal choice and you and only YOU should make that decision. Good luck!
Don quick references his favorite amps and pedals at Gearphoria.com
Don shares his live show amp and guitar setup in Guitar and Bass (11/2013)
Don picks 10 essential guitar albums via Music Radar. (3/2014)
Hotel California is listed as one of the essential guitar tunes played with a capo. Don explains how it came to that. (3/2014)