How To Play Ready To Rock By Michael Schenker Group

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Ready To Rock is a a track from the album MSG, the second album by Michael Schenker Group.

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The band was formed in 1979 by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. Producer Ron Nevison’s high production values resulted in the recording of this album going over budget, a crippling debt that dogged the band for the rest of their short career. Though the band at the time had reservations about the recording, it is regarded by fans as perhaps their finest hour.

In 1979, Schenker started a solo career by founding the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). The history of MSG is strewn with personality conflicts and incidents. In 1982, original singer Gary Barden, who sang on the first two studio albums and a live album, was fired in favour of Graham Bonnet. Bonnet lasted one album (Assault Attack) and a single gig, at Sheffield University, where he drunkenly exposed himself and was subsequently fired from the band. Barden rejoined MSG for the rest of the tour. He also appeared on the 1983 studio album (Built to Destroy) and the band’s second live album (Rock Will Never Die).

Schenker’s main guitar for most of his career was a Gibson Flying V, which he typically played through a “cocked” wah-wah pedal (switched on but left in a single position, around halfway through the travel of the foot pedal, and used as an equaliser to strengthen the midrange “sweet spot”) and Marshall amplifiers. Schenker’s “unmistakable midrange tone” was emphasised by the partially engaged wah pedal, as exemplified on the song “Rock Bottom” from the live UFO album Strangers in the Night, was listed among the 50 greatest tones of all time by Guitar Player magazine. Since 2004, Schenker has switched to using a signature model Dean V.

In 2007 Dean Guitars, after producing Schenker’s signature Dean V, also made two acoustic models with the familiar black and white “V” design.

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