The Edge – U2 – 1983

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A detailed gear diagram of The Edge's 1983 U2 "War-ear" stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"We made a decision to leave out the echo on War, and the guitar became much more dry and forceful." - The Edge

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The Edge’s 1983 "War-era" rig was compiled from various concert photos, live footage, old magazine interviews and eyewitness accounts.

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    Adam Cooper's award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, Swervedriver's "Juggernaut Rides" CD as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine's history: Vulgar Display of Power. Before launching GuitarGeek.Com, Adam published the highly respected music zine, Whirlpool, which was distributed worldwide via major record store chains. As a guitarist and songwriter, he formed the band Alison's Halo which released two critically acclaimed records and secured coveted slots with bands like The Verve, Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Butterfly Child, The Apples In Stereo, Gin Blossoms, The Boo Radleys, Stereophonics, Medicine, Lovesliescrushing, Bailter Space and many others.

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    1. aculthero aculthero says:

      This is really interested, I’m a longtime Edge fanatic and have never previously heard any mention of the Guyatone PS-102… but now that I’m searching around the web, I’m seeing some other sites indicating it was part of his rig a long time ago. Huh, you learn something new every day!

      One thing I’m interested in, if anyone knows–when did the Boss FA-1 FET preamp appear in his rig? I can’t find any production date information for the pedal ( doesn’t even have a listing for it) but all signs point to it hitting the scene in the early 80s, and most resources point to the first known instance of Edge having one is either sometime right after “Boy,” or not until “The Unforgettable Fire.” I’d be curious to know the timeline here, if anyone can supply it.

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