JEFF YOUNG - "When Are You Gonna Shred?" Page 3
by Martin Popoff
No Flying V's for Jeff back in the Megadeth days, though... "No, I was playing Tom Anderson guitars. What was weird is, I wanted that guitar as my very first guitar, and my mom wouldn't let me have it because she thought it was too space-aged. So I never owned one, and then I went through a series of trying them all through my life, and I never really found one that sweet. And then back a couple years ago, I think 2008, I started playing one, once Gibson sent me one, and it was just perfect. It was one of the tuxedo ones that just had a great feel and sound, so that's been pretty much my number one guitar since then. And also Reverend guitars who I endorse, make a great V called the Volcano, so I'm using that as well, and I'm noticing it's literally in the design of the guitar. If you think of the sound waves, it's like a ripple of water across the top of the guitar. As the sound travels out, there's just something the way it hits you in the chest, and the articulation, which you can hear with Schenker. There's a mid-range quack to it that I've always discussed with my friends. So I've always been seeking the right Flying Vs and now that I've got Reverend to endorse, they're making some great Vs now. Kind of like a cross between a Gibson and a hot rod car, very beautiful guitars that they just debuted at NAMM."
"We have past episodes all the way back to May 21st, and you can kind of see who's been on the show, and what the show's about," says Jeff in closing, referring to his radio show Music Without Boundaries. "It's worldwide, and its live every week via Facebook. One thing I wanted to mention, is that I've got a vocal project with a singer that I met five years ago. I had to go through auditioning a few singers, because she had to go back to Mexico for a while, and I went through couple of singers find the right one, but this is actually the original singer I was kind of beginning to work with five years ago. Her name is Annatjie Badenhorst. She's a great raspy singer, but she's also into like funk, Motown, all that kind of stuff. She sings in Spanish, English, so that project lets me get out there because I like that kind of stuff. I love hard rock and metal, but I also love, you know PRINCE and Motown and soul, and all kinds of different music. So the instrumental side lets me get out all the shred stuff and heavy stuff, and play with Brian Tichy and Ric Fierabracci, and James LoMenzo and Jeff Bowders, and a lot of cool different, you know, shredding artists. But I also like writing songs and doing that whole vocal thing. So Anna and I have a video that's about to drop on Valentine's Day, which is actually in Latin."
To keep up with Jeff's goings-on, check out his radio show Music Without Boundaries as well as his official site, www.jeffnotjessyoung.com