Matthias Jabs

Matthias Jabs

 

matthias jabsMatthias Jabs is born 25 October 1955 in Hannover, Germany. He is guitarist, songwriter and member of the hard rock band Scorpions.

Before joining the Scorpions, Matthias had played for the bands Lady and Fargo. Matthias joined the Scorpions after Ulrich Roth left in 1978. The first album recorded by Matthias with the Scorpions was Lovedrive.

Matthias's playing contributed significantly to their signature sound. During the 80's he had a 1963-64 black strat called his 'trouble guitar' which had a floyd rose trem and a Bill Lawrence L90 pick up,it featured on many tracks that needed a trem including Blackout. A copy of this guitar with a black Gibson humbucker is seen on the 'Make a difference foundation' video filmed in russia with other guests Ozzy Osbourne and Gorky Park.

matthias jabsMatthias plays Gibson Explorer guitars and designed a model for them, called the Explorer 90 (due to the body being 90% the size of a regular Explorer), in the late 1980s. 1980 led the input for Duesenberg Guitars to the development of the first fine-tuning tremolo in the world, the Rockinger Tremolo. Introduced shortly afterwards by Kramer Guitars onto the US market as "THE EVH Tremolo". He also has a signature Fender Stratocaster dubbed "Jabocaster".

Ensuing years saw success build on success. In ’84 The Scorpions became the first German rock band to play three gigs in front of 60,000 fans at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, part of a triumphant two-year global tour. Then, in 1989, the band’s already smash-hit track, ‘Wind of Change’, from the mega-selling Crazy World album (on which Jabs wrote ‘Tease Me, Please Me’) became by coincidence of timing a worldwide hymn to glasnost and perestroika as a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall which occurred shortly after the single’s release.

 

matthias jabsIn the later years, Matthias and the rest of the Scorpions started playing the German Dommenget brand of guitars, with all their signature models now made by them. Matthias is noted for his playing a talk box in some songs (such as "The Zoo" on Animal Magnetism and "To Be No. 1" on Eye II Eye).

Matthias has also been known to replace the Marshall amplification logo on his amplifier cabinets with his own name in the same font style as the Marshall logo. Besides Marshall, Matthias uses Wizard cabinets.

 

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Matthias Jabs

 

matthias jabsMatthias Jabs is born 25 October 1955 in Hannover, Germany. He is guitarist, songwriter and member of the hard rock band Scorpions.

Before joining the Scorpions, Matthias had played for the bands Lady and Fargo. Matthias joined the Scorpions after Ulrich Roth left in 1978. The first album recorded by Matthias with the Scorpions was Lovedrive.

Matthias's playing contributed significantly to their signature sound. During the 80's he had a 1963-64 black strat called his 'trouble guitar' which had a floyd rose trem and a Bill Lawrence L90 pick up,it featured on many tracks that needed a trem including Blackout. A copy of this guitar with a black Gibson humbucker is seen on the 'Make a difference foundation' video filmed in russia with other guests Ozzy Osbourne and Gorky Park.

matthias jabsMatthias plays Gibson Explorer guitars and designed a model for them, called the Explorer 90 (due to the body being 90% the size of a regular Explorer), in the late 1980s. 1980 led the input for Duesenberg Guitars to the development of the first fine-tuning tremolo in the world, the Rockinger Tremolo. Introduced shortly afterwards by Kramer Guitars onto the US market as "THE EVH Tremolo". He also has a signature Fender Stratocaster dubbed "Jabocaster".

Ensuing years saw success build on success. In ’84 The Scorpions became the first German rock band to play three gigs in front of 60,000 fans at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, part of a triumphant two-year global tour. Then, in 1989, the band’s already smash-hit track, ‘Wind of Change’, from the mega-selling Crazy World album (on which Jabs wrote ‘Tease Me, Please Me’) became by coincidence of timing a worldwide hymn to glasnost and perestroika as a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall which occurred shortly after the single’s release.

 

matthias jabsIn the later years, Matthias and the rest of the Scorpions started playing the German Dommenget brand of guitars, with all their signature models now made by them. Matthias is noted for his playing a talk box in some songs (such as "The Zoo" on Animal Magnetism and "To Be No. 1" on Eye II Eye).

Matthias has also been known to replace the Marshall amplification logo on his amplifier cabinets with his own name in the same font style as the Marshall logo. Besides Marshall, Matthias uses Wizard cabinets.

 

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