John Norum uses the Les Paul to create a beautiful sound in Europe's playlist... more
John Norum uses the Les Paul to create a beautiful sound in Europe's playlist. Uses a R8 1958 Reissue Honeyburst.
Norum uses Strato 1984-1997, and since 2014 more
Norum uses Strato 1984-1997, and since 2014
1974/1978/1980 Les Paul Custom in video more
1974/1978/1980 Les Paul Custom in video
Uses live and albuns more
Uses live and albuns
Your favorite guitar recording in studio. more
Your favorite guitar recording in studio.
"This one has one Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickup in the bridge and the o... more
"This one has one Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickup in the bridge and the other two pickups are just stock Fender pickups, which sound great! Very"Hendrixy". This is my main"home"guitar" which is always on a stand so it's easy to grab whenever you feel like "noodle" a bit. Great sounding strat!"
"This guitar is super light and extremly resonant. The sound of this guitar... more
"This guitar is super light and extremly resonant. The sound of this guitar reminds me a lot of Ritchie Blackmore's sound on the album "Burn" (Deep Purple). As soon as you pick this guitar up you want to start playing that "Burn" riff ...ha. It's very "straty" sounding and loud! A great guitar!"
"Made in Japan in mid '80s, I think. This guitar has the longest sustain I e... more
"Made in Japan in mid '80s, I think. This guitar has the longest sustain I ever heard! Just an awesome guitar! This one has Rio Grande Texas humbuckers which are great sounding pickups! And the body and neck is all Mahogany (no Maple top), just like a Gibson Les Paul Custom 1957 and it sounds huge!"
"This is one of the greatest sounding Strats I ever played! It's a reissue ... more
"This is one of the greatest sounding Strats I ever played! It's a reissue from 1983, it used to belong to Gary Moore and it's an amazing guitar! Gary used this guitar in the "Emerald Aisles - Live in Ireland" VHS and on the live album "We want Moore!". And it hasn't been back "home" in Ireland after they filmed the legendary show "Emerald Aisles" in 1984 (at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Gary's home town) until I had the honor to bring it there when Europe played at that same theatre in 2015. It was such a great feeling to play the same guitar as Gary played at the same venue 30 years earlier! I've had this guitar for 20 years now and it's been on many albums since 1995, but mainly on my solo album "Another Destination": this is the guitar I used on one of my favorite instumental songs "Shimmering Highs" and also in the video "Strange Days" for that album. And it was also my main guitar on the US Dokken tour in 1997 and the guys in Dokken were totally blown away how good it sounded! When I met Gary a few years ago (before he tragically passed away), he signed the guitar for me on the back of the headstock, as you can see in the pic. Thank you Gary for all the great music! RIP"
"This is a the best sounding Ovation I ever heard. I have compared it to Mar... more
"This is a the best sounding Ovation I ever heard. I have compared it to Martins, Gibsons, Fender acoustics you name it and this one sounds the best! For my personal taste anyways. It has Al Di Meola's signature preamp in it which are awesome! I used this one on the "Almost Unplugged" DVD (Europe) and a tour and bunch of gigs with my great sister Tone Norum (one of the best female singers in the world). So I just had to have one after hearing the album "Friday Night in San Francisco" in the '80s, (I've had a few) with the amazing Al Di Meola, John McLaughling and Paco de Lucía. Al and John used the Ovations and Paco (RIP) - being the greatest flamenco guitar player ever lived - used a nylon-string flamenco guitar."
Your guitar signature more
Your guitar signature
your signature guitar 2016 more
your signature guitar 2016
gibson les paul gold top reissue 1957 more
gibson les paul gold top reissue 1957
The second guitar in video. With Emg pickups more
The second guitar in video. With Emg pickups
Your collection 1974 more
Your collection 1974
With Steve Morse in 2008 Europe Secret Society Tour more
With Steve Morse in 2008 Europe Secret Society Tour
2006 Secret Society Tour more
2006 Secret Society Tour
Uses 1987 to 1999 Gibson 1979 Flying V Silverburst more
Uses 1987 to 1999 Gibson 1979 Flying V Silverburst
your favorite les paul for the past 10 years more
your favorite les paul for the past 10 years
Uses with Europe and Dokken in 2000s more
Uses with Europe and Dokken in 2000s
Use Gibson Reissue 1957 in 2009 more
Use Gibson Reissue 1957 in 2009
Since 2001 uses with Europe live tours more
Since 2001 uses with Europe live tours
Release 1994/1995 signature model (presents in Another Destination Cover albu... more
Release 1994/1995 signature model (presents in Another Destination Cover album and sweden tour 1994/1995)
Release in 1990 your signature model 200 guitars limited edition in Japan more
Release in 1990 your signature model 200 guitars limited edition in Japan
Present of Joey Tempest in 2008. Use in live tours more
Present of Joey Tempest in 2008. Use in live tours
John Norum first recorded and toured with a JCM800 2205 when he recorded "The... more
John Norum first recorded and toured with a JCM800 2205 when he recorded "The Final Countdown" with Europe in 1986 and toured with them a year afterwards, before leaving the group. They have been his main amps throughout his solo career and he's still using them when touring and recording with the reunited Europe, as can be seen in the 2004 rig rundown video.
"I only use 50 watts because I think they sound... they sing a little bit more than 100 watts, and you don't have to kill the rest of the band with the volume and stuff like that - they think it's pretty loud anyways"
"I have two JCM800s that I brought from USA. They aren’t S-certified (a security certification for electric products from Sweden). They have a volt switch between 110, 220 and 240 and also 4,8 and 16 ohm. The Swedish ones has only 4 and 8 ohm. I usually put them on 240 volts and 16 ohm"
Otherwise, they're completely stock except for John having changed the tubes from EL34s to KT88s, in vein of Richie Blackmore and Mick Ronson.
John can be seen talking about the amps 3:00 into the video.
Fun fact: one of John's 2205s has previously been owned by his idol Michael Schenker, and Norum refused to sell it back when Schenker regretted parting with it!
Taken from John Norum's website. more
Taken from John Norum's website.