Great Guitar Solos – Randy Rhoads Plays Dee

Guess what?

It’s a short one this time… only 49 seconds. It’s also a true guitar solo, all acoustic.

It’s Randy Rhoads, playing a solo of his called Dee. It’s really very beautiful. I wish it was longer, to be honest, but I love it.



  1. VolcanoMan says

    The video is borked (not available anymore). Oh well.

    O/T did you go to the David Gilmour “Live in Pompeii” event tonight? Just wondering as I thought it was kind of your thing (since you seem to be a massive Gilmour and Pink Floyd fan). Even though I’ve probably heard it dozens of times, I still can’t get over the fat, fat sound of the guitar in Sorrow, replicated perfectly live. I suggest maybe this version (link below) for your “Great Guitar Solos”…hey, you asked for suggestions!

    You mentioned once that Gilmour is the master at creating guitar solos that drive the song forward, that *fit*, and while that is absolutely true, he is also expert at getting the right *sound* from his instrument. Great solos are about more than the notes you play and the time you play them, they are about matching (or sometimes setting, as is the case here) the feel of a song, the ambiance. I don’t know how he gets this sound out of his guitar (though I expect some fancy distortion pedal plus messing with the EQ is much of the recipe), but it almost sounds like he is using an octave pedal doubling every note an octave below (though I don’t think he is actually doing this).

  2. says

    VolcanoMan @ #1:

    Odd. It still plays for me? Country thing?

    Sadly, I missed the Live in Pompeii event. I couldn’t get off from work, and I wouldn’t have been able to afford it, anyways…

    And thank you for that! Will likely end up being Monday’s GGS. Not because I have nothing, but because it was that good.

    There’s also something about the wiring in his guitars. There’s a reason Fender sells a Gilmour strat. It’s their basic strat, but with a specific wiring set-up that Gilmour uses. I can’t afford one, but it is my dream guitar. Other things include various levels of distortion and effects, and the right amps. However, the specific guitars he uses play a large roll.

  3. VolcanoMan says

    Yeah, it must be a country thing, because it says it’s not available when I click on it, and even going to YouTube does nothing.

    And don’t worry about not seeing the concert tonight while it was premiered in something like 2000 movie theaters around the world (it actually wasn’t that pricey here, 14 bucks, not much more than a regular movie); the thing will be released in, like, 6 formats at the end of September (DVD, Blue-Ray, CD, Digital, Deluxe Blue-Ray and Vinyl), so you can take your pick (or just torrent it like I’ll probably do).

    So are you saying it’s the mainly the pickups that are different in Gilmour’s stratocasters then? Or the controls for the pickups (volume, toggles, etc.)? I did a cursory search and it looks like his guitars have two toggles, the main one, and a small switch that activates the neck pickup, when it wouldn’t otherwise be active according to the other toggle position. But to change the sound a lot from regular strats, he must have selected pickups he liked.

    Fuck me though, that guitar is expensive. 6400 USD where I am, plus tax. I had an incredible maple Strat back in the day, loved that guitar. Now I play an Ibanez 7-string*, which I adore and which is perfect for the type of music I love to play, but that Strat produced such incredible clean, resonant tones, I miss it sometimes.

    *This guitar here is identical to mine:

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