The Edge – U2 – 1981

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A detailed gear diagram of The Edge's 1981 "October-era" U2 stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"The Explorer is great in that it has a nice top end without all the extra raunch and distortion that a lot of players like in a Les Paul; it's like a compromise between a Les Paul and a Strat." - The Edge

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The Edge's 1981 "October-era" rig was compiled from various concert photos, live footage, old magazine interviews and eyewitness accounts.

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