Reinhold bogner biography of rory
Soon after this profound moment he bought a cheap guitar but didn't have enough money to purchase an amp, so, he decided to build his own. A guitar that has been with Cantrell since the beginning, see the interview here where he talks about his first G and L. There must be something special in the electrons surrounding the city of Ulm, Germany, which is located between Stuttgart and Munich in the south of Germany.
Even the hottest guitar players around have to pay for them. The first time I met him he was wearing red velvet bellbottoms, an orange T-shirt, green socks.
Nothing matched but it was just perfect for him. Bogner, who is well over 6 feet tall and also often wears funky, shaggy fur hats, could almost be a character out of a Disney film — an absent-minded professor who comes up with great innovations while marching to the beat of his own drum. His uniqueness comes through in every amp he builds. Nor could you get a tone that was both clean and heavy from the same amp, which is why many players had to combine their Marshalls and Fenders together to cover both ends of the sonic spectrum.Guitar Center Sessions: Reinhold Bogner, History
Eventually word got out that his Marshalls were modified by Jose Arredondo, and practically overnight he was bombarded by players who wanted the same souped-up magic for their amps as well. Before launching his own company, Reinhold Bogner had a reputation as a talented amp doctor himself. Who knew their chance meeting as mere kids in Ulm, Germany would link their futures together as partners in Bogner Amplification.
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Both were restless and seeking adventure when their separate journeys began with a move to Los Angeles, CA. Since then, their world travels and excursions have lead visits to many continents, countries, cities and villages.
All the people met, along with their cultures and customs, have made lasting impact and influence on Reinhold's and Jorg's souls, art and creative process. From these distant and far reaching journeys come Bogner Amplification's inspiring sonic creations. Each design is just as unique, intriguing and vibrant as Reinhold's and Jorg's lives. The sounds and feel are organic, colorful and real, just like the earth you walk upon.
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So plug in, turn up and explore…. There must be something special in the electrons surrounding the city of Ulm, Germany, which is located between Stuttgart and Munich in the south of Germany. It's not only the birthplace of the iconic EL84 tube but also of famed amp designer Reinhold Bogner. Somewhere I have a picture of a kid, the bottom of his feet are 8 feet in the air after being tossed straight up via a blanket trampoline, if you will.
Okay, okay, back in the now, the guitar.
Floyd Rose trems employ a system that balances the tension of the strings with body anchored springs that run parallel under the pickups on a knife edge and are very sensitive in use to drifting flat or sharp. A model of simplicity, the single pickup is a Seymour Duncan JB with one volume control and no tone control. Extra jumbo frets adorn the fretboard.
A bit about frets or the lack of. The material they are made from varies as well with most builders using nickel-silver copper-nickel-zinc alloy that contains no silver blends and a small number using stainless steel. The nickel-silver are the same metal used in guitar strings and therefore wear out over time since they constantly have friction between the string.
This can get pricey depending on the neck. Stainless steel is harder than nickel-silver and does not tarnish.
The fretting, to me, is slinkier on the stainless variants and the tones a bit brighter as harder material tends to absorb less of the string vibration. One time, as an unruly four year old, Reinhold tipped over a shelf filled with his fathers carbon comp resistors. The disciplinary direction, for creating the huge mess, was to memorize the resistor color code even before he could spell.
You could say Reinhold was born with both the DNA and a hand-wired brain to love all things analog, esp tubes, and you'd be right. Reinhold loved music, especially rock music. He was mesmerized by the thunder and power of his favorite musician's souls being delivered through a guitar, cord and cranked amp. And at around 13 years old, he found out through his guitar playing friend that most good guitar amps were actually made using tubes.
He instantly saw the connection of all the tube related gear that surrounded him since childhood to the heavy, iconic guitar tones leaping from his stereo speakers.
Now, his future was clear and in focus. Soon after this profound moment he bought a cheap guitar but didn't have enough money to purchase an amp, so, he decided to build his own.