HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'THE EDGE'!
David Howell Evans was born on August 8 1961 in Barking,Essex UK. He is lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2 since its inception.
If you were to sum up U2 guitarist The Edge with one word, innovator comes to mind. Not a traditional guitar hero by his own admission, The Edge is constantly looking for new sounds, and new ways to approach the guitar. During the band's Pop phase it was all about various filters, and on more recent albums, various types of pitch-shifting effects have been at the forefront. But effects aren’t everything, and The Edge certainly knows a good guitar when he sees one. He brings along a large selection of guitars every time U2 go on tour.
His First Electric Guitar
The first guitar that The Edge (or Dave Evans as he was known back then) owned was an old acoustic that he put Spanish nylon strings on. But the first electric guitar that he got his hands on was a homemade affair. The Edge’s brother Dick built the guitar from instructions in an electronics magazine.
The Edge bought a 1976 Gibson Explorer Limited Edition while on vacation with his family in New York City in 1978. The Edge paid $248.40 for the Explorer (there's a picture of the receipt in U2 By U2), which was most likely a substantial amount of money for the young guitarist in those days.
1975 Gibson Les Paul
When The Edge put up his 1975 cream-colored Gibson Les Paul for auction in 2007 at the Icons of Music Sale, it brought in a staggering $240,000. The Edge bought the guitar in New York City back in 1982, and had been using the guitar both live and in studio ever since. The Edge has said that the guitar was used when recording the U2 classic “New Years Day,” as well as during the recording of the Achtung Baby album. Parting from the guitar, which had been one of his main instruments for a couple of decades, was tough for The Edge. But Gibson made a replica for him that sounds and feels the same, according to Edge’s guitar tech Dallas School.
The Guitar Picks
Ever wondered how The Edge gets that “chingy” tone to his clean sound? Part of the reason is because he uses a guitar pick that is covered with little dimples for better grip. Instead of holding the picks the normal way, The Edge holds them upside-down, so that the dimples grab on to the strings when he strums them. It’s a great example of the U2 guitarist’s innovative approach to music and guitar playing.
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