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Personal Profile
Erik Sprooten

Origin: Harderwijk, The Netherlands

AR member since: 1996

Instrument: Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Equipment:


· Line6 - Vetta II HD + FBV Custom Foot Controller
· Woodstock - 50W amplifier
· Marshall - 100W JMP 2203, 1980
· Boss - ME-30 multi-effect processor
· Marshall - 4x12" Lead 1980 speaker cabinet
· Woodstock - 4x12" speaker cabinet (Celestion Speakers inside)
· Line6 Vetta cab - 4x12" speaker cabinet
· Samson - Airline 77 UHF wireless guitar system
· The Amazing EBow
Guitars, all left-handed:
· Fender - San Miguel (acoustic)
· Gibson - SG Special, 1974, Colour: Brown Mahagony
· Fender - Stratocaster (USA), 1977, Colour: Black
· Gibson - Explorer, 1985, Colour: Black
· Gibson - Flying-V, 1985, Colour: Black
· LAG - VRL (Rhandy Rhoads flying-V), 1989, Colour: Ferrari Red
· The Heritage - H150 Black (Les Paul model), 1992, Colour: Black
· Zwier - Iceman (Custom-made Paul Stanley model), 1994, Colour: Black
· Burns - Brian May, 2003, Colour: Antique Cherry
· Line6 - Variax 500, 2004, Colour: Black
· Fender - Telecaster (USA), 2007, Colour: Black
· Bach - Firebird, 2010, Colour: Sunburst

Side projects:

Major influences:

Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
Michael Schenker (U.F.O., MSG)
Geoff Whitehorn (ex-Paul Rodgers)
K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple, ex-Rainbow)
Uli-Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Of course I like other guitarists too, but the ones mentioned,
have/had an influence on my playing. Guitarists with a
distinctive style and sound have my preference.

Favourite albums of all times:

1. Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East (Live in Japan)
2. U.F.O. - Strangers in the night (live)
3. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
4. Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
5. KISS - Alive!
6. Status Quo - Status Quo Live!
7. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
8. Sadus - Chemical Exposure
9. Slayer - Hell Awaits
10. Bad Company - Hard Rock Live
11. Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards
12. Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
13. Paul Rodgers - LIVE The Loreley Tapes...
14. Massacra - Final Holocaust
15. Sathanas - Black Earth
16. Gov't Mule - A Tail of two Cities (DVD)