Edge: Stage and Studio

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1984>1985 era - gear

* GUITAR PLAYER: June1985 (Page: 60)
The Edge plugs in his Washburn Festival amplified acoustic directly into a Vox AC-30 combo amp with no effects. His Gibson Explorer and Fenders - a Stratocasters and a Telecaster - run into a Boss SCC-700 Effects Center. This is connencted to the Vox AC-30 most of the time, although for certain songs such as "Homecoming" and "Unforgettable Fire", some of the effects go through a Mesa/Boogie MK-11C amp. The Boogie is also sometimes employed for stereo effects in the PS. (A second Mesa/Boogie is for Bono's Guitar.) For most numbers, Edge's gutiar effects consist of a Korg SDD-3000 digital delay, a MXR Pitch Transposer and reverb.
Below is a view of Edge's stage setup. (Graphic forthcoming) At left is a Yamaha CP-70B electric piano with and Oberheim OB-8 keyboard synthesizer on top. The OB-8 is linked via MIDI to a Yamaha DX7 keyboard synthesizer. To the right of the DX7 is an Oberheim DSX sequencer and an Oberheim DX digital drum computer. Next to the DSX and DX is a roland JC-120 amp (the piano is usually played through an Electro-armonix Memory Man echo, which is plugged into the JC-120). The DX is used for a click track for Larry Mullen Jr., and to sync the DSX (the sequencer used on "Unforgettable Fire" and "Bad") to the DX7.
Edge's effects rack contains the following:
(2) Korg SDD-3000 digital delays
(2) Electro-Harmonix Memory Man echo units
(1) Yamaha R1000 Digital reverb
(1) Yamaha D1500 MIDI digital delay
(1) MXR Pitch Transposer
(1) Roland / Boss SCC-700 effects center.
A custom footswitchboard is employed for selecting programs and bypassing the Korg digital delays.

 * Musician magazine - Jan 1985 *
The Edge has a lot of guitars these days:  A 1971 Fender Strat with a graphite nut, brass bridge saddles, modified Seymour Duncan quarter pound stack pickup and Strat Tremolo. More standard are his 1971 Gibson Explorer, an early-60's Les Paul Deluxe (used only on "Indian Summer Sky") and a 1961 Telecaster. He also plays a new Washburn acoustic. On "Pride" he playes a 1959 Gretsch Falcon, with stereo pickups he rewired to mono. He also uses an Epiphone Elektra lap steel (1939 or 1940) which he picked up real cheap in the U.S. His amps are an old Vox AC30 and Mesa Moogies, MK-II C series. His lap steel and Yamaha CP70, though, go through a Roland JC120 amp. His strings are Superwound Selectras.
He selects his effects with a Boss SCC-700. These include two Korg SDD-3000 Digital Delays, a Yamaha R-1000 digital reverb, an MXR pitch transposer and a Yamaha D-15 digital delay. There are also two Electro-Harmonix Memory Man analog delays: one side is used for the CP70, the other for the lap steel on "Surrender." He uses a MXR Compressor and thanks the Lord for his Boss TU-12 tuner. What would you do if you had so much guitar equipment? How about taking up keyboards? The Edge did; he poinds a Yamaha DX7 and CP70, and Oberheim OB-8 and DSX.
* Site editors note. There appears to be errors in the vintage of many of the guitars listed above:
  • 1971 Fender Strat  ("Blackie") - I am not possitive that 1971 is correct. I've also heard/read 1979 and 1973 used in reference to this guitar.
  • 1971 Gibson Explorer - It's actually a 1976 Limited Edtion Explorer.
  • Early-60's Les Paul Deluxe (used only on "Indian Summer Sky") - Perhaps they meant the 1975 Les Paul Custom? I don't know if Edge ever had a Deluxe, particularly in 1984.
  • 1961 Telecaster - Edge has said the Telecaster for "The Unforgettable Fire" is a 1970's.
  • 1959 Gretsch Falcon - It is more than likely at least a 1962 or later, as the Stereo White Falcon didn't come in double cutaway model until 1962.
  • 1939 or 1940 Epiphone Elektra lap steel - The model is actually called Elektar not Electra. Also, in subsequent interviews it's said that the Epiphone lap steel was from 1945. The vintage could be from 1939 thru 1945?

* International Musician and Recording World, 1984
The Stoking of Unforgettable Fire
by: Daniel Lanois
The Edge -- Fender Stratocaster, stock Fender Telecaster, Gibson Explorer guitars; Vox AC30 amp and, on some tracks, Fender Bassman amp with two 12" speakers, miked with a Beyer 88; Electro-Harmonix Memory Man echo, three Korg SDD-3000 digital delays.

Mostly Edge used his Strat, but we had some very good results with the Tele, an excellent-sounding instrument. Whenever we'd do an overdub, we'd experiment by recording several different combinations of guitar, amp and mike. The Beyer consistently proved the best for Edge.
Keyboards -- Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and CP70 electric piano.

Eno had been playing the DX7 for about six months and came up with some beautiful tones. The piano parts were played by him and the Edge.
International Musician and Recording World, 1984. All rights reserved.

* U2 Magazine. Vol 10. February 1984  *
Guitars: Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Explorer, Epiphone Lap-Steel, Washburn Acoustic 6-string. Piano: Yamaha CP70.
Amps: Vox AC30, Roland JC120 Combo.
Effects: Electro-Harmonix Memoryman Echo, MXR Compressor, Furman Parametric Equaliser.