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Jerry Cantrell’s main guitar of choice is the G&L Rampage. “They’ve always felt really right to me,” Cantrell says at (2:35). “You know, it’s based off of a, kind of a Eddie Van Halen model almost, you know, kind of a wider flatter neck with, you know, with a single pickup and single volume knob and a tremolo system.”
For his tribute model, G&L made some modifications. According to Cantrell, at (3:41), the guitar “is based off of the original design with a couple of things that I modded. One was putting a Floyd Rose nut at the locking nut because the mechanism they used back in the mid-80s was just terrible. I mean it just broke, and it was weak. It never really held… We changed the pickup out...It was a Jeff Beck. This is actually a motor city, I think, pickup right now, and the tremolo systems were also flattened down and on top of the body, but when you took the tremolo down, you know, the E would pop out of the saddle quite a bit, so what I do was kind of sync and countersync it, and give it a little bit more attention on that nut to keep that string in the saddle.”
He continues at (4:05), saying “] So they’re in the process of putting that out, and I think they’ve done a really good job of that, and I know it’s been reviewed a couple times, and I think people are really digging it, you know. It’s not a super high-end guitar and it’s just kind of a meat and potato solid guitar. It’s made out of a hard rock, rock maple and neck. It’s got an ebony fretboard and the body I believe is maple as well.”
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