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The Guitars of DINOSAUR

Posted on December 3, 2017
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With every new B’z release comes great anticipation from the guitar enthusiasts that follow the band due to the contributions of composer-guitarist Tak Matsumoto. Thanks to BARKS, we now have an in-depth look at the equipment utilized for the recording of the twentieth B’z studio album DINOSAUR released earlier this week.

With regard to the recording sessions, Tak explained: “I always try a couple of guitars for each song, but this time I ran a lot of amps to search for the best match too. It’s quite a rush. Our sound has remained so stable for so long and because it was the same every time, I thought it’d become boring [to not try something new].” This desire to change led to the eclectic mix of rock tracks that now occupy the released album. Unlike previous albums, though, the guitar was mainly recorded in Japan and not their usual Los Angeles studio. This allowed more ready access to his vast array of guitars and equipment without having to see them all shipped overseas.

In all, the album saw eighteen electric and acoustic guitars be used across the thirteen tracks. A full accounting of all guitars and much of the amplifiers and effects pedals used in tandem to create the album’s sound are shown in the gallery below alongside the songs on which they were featured. Check it out!


Gibson TAK MATSUMOTO 1959 Les Paul Standard

A recreation by preeminent guitar manufacturer Gibson in their custom shop, the Gibson TAK MATSUMOTO 1959 Les Paul Standard is a highly detailed replica of a valuable Les Paul guitar owned by Tak since the early 90s. All of the visual imperfections, including cracks and scratches from aging inherent in the original in its half-century of life, are preserved with no concessions. A limited run of these replicas was prepared for buyers in Japan, with a premium edition signed by Tak selling out immediately after being announced. The guitar is now often played live as a substitute for its more valuable sister instrument, which is never taken out of the studio due to its value and age.

Can be heard on Dinosaur / CHAMP / Still Alive / Seimei (★ Only guitar used for track) / Yowai Otoko / Purple Pink Orange

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B’z Rock Best Artist 2017 with “Still Alive”

Posted on November 29, 2017
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B’z have just wrapped up their appearance on Nippon TV’s Best Artist 2017 program with the debut television performance of “Still Alive“. The appearance comes on the eve of the release for their twentieth studio album DINOSAUR. The band appeared for a brief interview beforehand prior to a video package being run featuring footage from ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017. The band were supported by Barry Sparks on bass and Shane Gaalaas on drums.

Tak also brought back his first ever Gibson signature guitar: the 1999 Gibson Les Paul Tak Matsumoto Signature model in Canary Yellow. This is the guitar’s first appearance on a live stage in sixteen years after last being seen for B’z LIVE-GYM 2001 “ELEVEN”. The guitar was supplanted later by the Tak Burst model before he segued to his Double Cutaway models beginning in 2004. Given the band’s thirtieth anniversary is coming next year, it’s possible Tak will be revisiting many of his older guitars for the upcoming tours.

Tak performing the finger tap solo for “Still Alive” with his original signature guitar

Video Countdown: The Top 50 B’z Guitar Solos!

Posted on November 24, 2016
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Those of us at OFF THE LOCK have long intended to produce additional content that explores facets of the B’z catalogue in ways we have not before. And, with that in mind, we now bring you our very own countdown of the Top 50 B’z Guitar Solos! The order found here is the result of speculation and discussions from throughout the international B’z community over the years. We hope that it will, if nothing else, provide an overview of the vast variety of guitar work and how integral Tak’s solos are to the B’z sound.

In addition to excerpts of each song for the purposes of this countdown, we have also provided information on each guitar used to play each song with the information at our disposal. We cannot guarantee complete accuracy for many reasons, including the fact that Tak often employs several different guitars on each track, but hope it may prove informative nonetheless!

So, after watching: Do you feel something was left out? Or maybe you’d have had a completely different Top 10? What’s your favorite? Let us know what you would have changed!

If you hear a song you aren’t quite familiar with or you’re reminded of one you’ve long wanted to own, consider picking up a physical copy of its album or single from CDJapan or YesAsia!

Gibson Custom Shop Releasing Tak Matsumoto 1959 Les Paul

Posted on July 1, 2016
Tak Matsumoto News

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Gibson has announced that they are releasing a Tak Matsumoto custom 1959 Les Paul model based on the 1959 Les Paul #9-1156 owned by Tak himself. Gibson created a digital model of Tak’s guitar by using a 3D scanner, to then build it as one of their flagship models. Tak has used said guitar during his latest solo tour 「Tak Matsumoto Live 2016 -The Voyage-」 and is currently using it as his main guitar.

On BARKS, Matsumoto was quoted as saying “I bought the #9-1156 in 1993. A Japanese instrument dealer introduced me to it and I chose one model ordered from the U.S. Among the candidates there was also a cherry sunburst one, but I chose my current one based on its wood and color.” He continues: “I used it on the B’z album 「The 7th Blues」and my solo album 「Hana」, among others. I choose it during recording when I am working on a mellow part or need that vintage sound. I also used it to do the main part of 「Mystic Journey」, found on my lastest solo album 「enigma」. Furthermore, I played it live on stage in 1996 during my 「Rock’n Roll Standard Club」 tour.”

“I received a prototype during rehearsal for my tour, and the grade of perfection was so high, that made me realize one more time how great Gibson is. I use it during live performances as well as recording. It is currently my go-to guitar.”, says Matsumoto.

A Japan-exclusive limited run of 30 guitars will be hand-signed by Tak Matsumoto and cost you around $14,000. The regular guitar will cost you around $11,000. The guitar will be on sale from July 1st, 2016.

For pictures and more detailed information, check out Gibson Custom’s product page here.

Gibson Custom To Release TAK MATSUMOTO FIREBIRD

Posted on March 2, 2015
Tak Matsumoto News

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Gibson Custom has announced that it will be releasing Tak Matsumoto’s latest signature guitar, the Gibson Firebird. The guitar will go on sale in Japan in the middle of March to early April and will have a suggested retail price of 698,000 Yen. But don’t let that scare you. Retailers such as Ikebe Gakki have already started listing the guitar for about 490,000 Yen, which is significantly less than the suggested retail price. The guitar will come in two flavors: Vintage Sunburst and Trans Black Burst.

Specifications

Body: Figured Maple top, 3 Piece Genuine Mahogany Back
Neck: 1 Piece Genuine Mahogany neck with maple spline (Vintage trussrod) , TAK DC profile set neck
Fingerboard: 1 Piece Indian Rosewood w/Abalone Trapezoid inlay
Nut: Corian
Tuners: Reissue Kluson Deluxe
Tailpiece & Bridge: Lightweight Aluminum ABR-1
Pickups: Burstbucker w/Alnico 5, Exposed zebra
Hardware: Nickel Knobs: Gold Top Hats
Collateral: Certificate of Authenticity, Hardcase

Gibson Brands Showroom Opens In Tokyo

Posted on July 1, 2014
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Today, the opening ceremony for the new Gibson Brands Showroom was held in Tokyo. Under the motto “Play. Record. Listen.”, the showroom showcases Gibson’s latest and greatest guitars as well as recording and listening equipment by TEAC and Onkyo respectively. During the opening ceremony, various personalities said a few words. Tak Matsumoto was not able to attend the opening ceremony and thus congratulated through a video message that was played at the ceremony.

Among all those guitars on display, you can even find a very rare Tak Matsumoto custom model: The TAK MATSUMOTO DC STANDARD GOLDTOP AGED which was limited to only 20 pieces in its pilot run. The guitar on display has been signed by Tak Matsumoto himself. The Gibson Showroom Tokyo opens to the public tomorrow, on July 2nd, 2014. It is located in Tokyo’s Chuo-ku and is very close to Tokyo station. You can see a map here.

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TAK MATSUMOTO DC STANDARD GOLDTOP AGED on display. (left) Source: http://ameblo.jp/e-earphone/entry-11887203328.html

Source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201407/01056386.html