"Eds was the quietest Marshall I've ever heard"~Recording Engineer Donn Landee

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Greg Renoff questioning Donn Landee :

On "Everybody Wants Some," once again it sounds like Ed was playing at an ear-bleeding volume. How loud did he play in the studio?

Not loud at all. Ed's was the quietest Marshall I'd ever heard.

From : https://tapeop.com/interviews/159/donn-landee/


So, this was NOT a stock Marshall.

Need more proof ?

Listen to the room microphones capturing a live track I've posted with Michael Anthony on Bass, Alex Van Halen on Drums and Edward Van Halen in the same room, Studio 1 in Sunset Sound Studios in October of 1977. The picture is from that day.

Controlled, precise, one take. Dave is in the iso booth off to the side tracking vocals simultaneously.

Sony CP-37A over Alex with Sure SM-56 on Snare and Kick, two Sure SM-56 on Ed, Nueman U87 on Mike

For more, here is Eruption before treatment Raw :


In conclusion, this is not a stock Marshall on a variac alone. I own the same amp and cab and variac. It peels the paint off the walls and overpowers drummers. 

Doug Messenger also played Eds guitar in Studio 2 during the later Fair Warning sessions and also stated the guitar was quiet. And Doug played 100 watt Marshalls made in 1967. Not quiet.

Dougs Marshall was also recorded by Donn Landee on a song by Montrose called "Rock Candy". The amp was in the exact same spot as the picture using the exact same recording technique. So you can hear a Plexi made perhaps months before Eddies in the same room, same recording technique with the same recording engineer.

28 minutes into this fantastic interview :

Here is the song Landee is commenting on :