Interview with Eric Gales "Xotic Guitars XS-1 & Raw Vintage Pickups"


Uploaded by XoticGuitars on 09.06.2011

Transcript:

Hi everybody out there, my name is Eric Gales.
I'm a native of Memphis, Tennessee. I currently reside in Minnesota.
I'm here, basically, because of the new get-together with me and Xotic...
...and some of the materials that they make, that I am now...
...currently using.
What you see here in my hand is the Xotic Guitar XS-1.
This is a Lake Placid Blue, and I was questioned a little bit earlier...
What is the difference that I notice with this guitar?
And my answer was, it's really not the difference...
...it's the similarities that I notice about it.
So what I mean by that is, the similarities of what I'm...
...looking for is the comfortability, and that's what I'm familiar with.
You know, I like my action pretty close to the neck.
I like to have a half-step pullback, which I'll give some...
...examples of in just a little bit.
And you know, I've always been a fan of rosewood.
I like maples too, but I'm more partial to rosewood necks.
It's just a...
From what I gather about them, I just recently found out about them.
They're fairly high-end guitars.
I've got a few friends who play them.
Like Chris Duarte and few other people.
I was approached and asked to try them out, and I was like...
Man, I kinda like it. I like the tone, and it coincides...
...really well with my Two-Rocks that I have back here.
They're my own personal Eric Gales models that...
...the guys over there, Bill and Joe...
...that's on that.
And I have another assortment of things that I use, such as the...
...Bob Bradshaw Crybaby by Dunlop, the Brick that they use to...
...power everything, I use Tech 21 as my delay, and I run all of that...
...into this strip, which is just a regular, average tuner.
I don't even know what kind it is. I think it's a Korg or something.
As long as it tunes the guitar, it gets the job done.

Basically all I'm doing is just going though, it's nothing really...
...predicted out, I'm just letting it roll, and this is the best way...
...that I know of to do it.
Through example of me doing what I'm doing is going to give you...
...an example of how I like to intertwine and mesh and...
...go back and forth between multiple different tones...
...at any given moment.
So you know, if you want any kind of idea about the though process...
...behind that, I really don't think about it man.
The best thing for me to do, is to not think about it...
...and it flows a whole lot smoother that way.

Now what we have here...
I always like to have my delay going on in a very slow...
If I've got that, I'm very cool.
And it has a tap-tempo where I can tap in and out...
...of whatever tempo the song is.
So that coincided with what I really like...
...how my clean tone is.

And as you're listening to everything, notice the pickup...
...placement here is kinda like a variation of how I like them.
Sometimes I like them really close to the neck, I mean...
...close to the strings, but my back pickup I always have...
...a little bit hotter than the other ones, and this is on...
...any guitar that you may see me utilize.
This is pretty much the setup that I like to use, but...
...right now, I'm basically giving an example of the things and...
...the tonality that I like about this Xotic guitar here.
I'm explaining that I like the back pickup a little bit hotter...
...than the rest of them because when I got back to that...
...I'm intending for it to get really high and intense.
So when I step back to it I really like it to give it...
...that twang, you know?
And that's kinda how I look at it, you've got a spectrum of...
You've got really smooth and deep, like...

You've got that, and it gets a little smoother...

More Stevie Ray Vaughn.
I just labeled these two pickups as Stevie Ray Vaughn tone.
Because basically he kind of took that tone, I mean...
...others were using it, definitely, that tone was around...
...way before Stevie Ray Vaughn, but, for some reason...
...he was the influence to me that made me label the sound of these...
...out of phase two pickups as the Stevie Ray tone, because...
...I listened to that tone and I always compared it like...
"Wow, that's like Stevie Ray".
So whenever I've got a grin on my face about any type of...
...instrument that I may be playing, and I'm feeling the tone...
...and things are coming out, and my eyes may roll back, that means...
...that I'm really in my zone.
So, just on through, and this is a really good rhythm pickup here.

Sometimes I catch myself staying on that pickup, but it's just...
...natural for me to just go back and forth all the time...
...and I'm not thinking about it.
And this is like the...

More of the country lick.

A little country western for you there.
But, you know, I just... And then, back...

So I don't find the need to have a whole lot of stuff.
I've always been a fan of...
You can have a lot of this stuff to facade, hiding what it is...
...you've got coming out of that amp and straight to the guitar.
I've always been an advocate of...
It could be a Sears Silvertone and a Pignose amp.
If that's all you've got, then you got to bring it on.
No sound effects, no nothing. Can you still sound like...
...what you sound like, if you had no effects at all.
If you just had straight amp and guitar.
So these are only enhancements and not an embellishment, but...
...an enhancement of what I feel like I naturally try to make...
...be the connection from the guitar and the amp.
This is only stuff to enhance it.

Definitely Xotic is one of the...
Definitely one of my main guitars that you will more likely see...
...in my roster, amongst quite a few others now.
Quite a few others, but this is about Xotic right now.
It is definitely one you'll be seeing in my live performance.
Definitely be used on a good bit of the recordings that...
...I have, and if you had to get my opinion on whether you...
...should go out and get one, yeah, I think so.

Caption: Yumi Adachi