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Michael Schenker

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Michael Schenker is the guitarists’ guitarist providing the crushing leads for bands like UFO, Scorpions, MSG and his own solo projects. His guitar tone is simply legendary and is instantly recognizable remaining consistent throughout the years. Michael’s tone can now be captured with his Lights Out neck or bridge pickup available in his famous black and white bobbin design as featured on his signature Dean V or in other color configurations. Give the Lights Out humbucking a run in the 2008 Michael Schenker Custom and USA Schenker V.
 
Michael Schenker was born on January 10, 1955, in Savstedt, Germany, it was Schenker's older brother, Rudolf, who sparked the youngster's interest in guitar at an early age. Entirely self-taught, Michael picked up a thing or two from such hard-rocking acts as Wishbone Ash and Mountain, as well as his older brother, who would offer the youngster money if he would transcribe certain songs for him while he was at work. As a result of constant playing, it wasn't long before Schenker showed immense talent with the instrument, and by the early '70s, joined Rudolf's group, the Scorpions. Michael appeared on the group's 1972 full-length debut, Lonesome Crow, and toured with the outfit (all at the age of 17). But it was during the album's supporting tour that another up-and-coming outfit, UFO, took a keen interest in the young Schenker and managed to pry the guitarist away from the Scorpions.
 
 
Although a language barrier existed between Schenker and his new bandmates (he barely knew any English at the time), the guitarist let his playing do the talking, especially on his first recording with the group, 1974's Phenomenon, which spawned such metal classics/Schenker showcases as "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom". Heavy-duty touring and a pair of further releases, 1975's Force It and 1976's No Heavy Petting, set the stage perfectly for what UFO hoped would be a global commercial breakthrough.
 
Free of any other obligations, Schenker set his sights on a solo career, forming the much famed Michael Schenker Group immediately thereafter. (Assault Attack is a must own for serious MSG fans!) 1982 saw Schenker get an invite from Ozzy Osbourne to join his group immediately after Randy Rhoads' tragic death. This never was finalized, but despite that, the guitarists in such renowned groups as Metallica and Def Leppard were quick to voice Schenker's huge influence.

Throughout the '90s, Schenker continued to issue solo albums, including 1993's acoustic-based Thank You and 1999's more rock-based Unforgiven, but the real story of the '90s for Schenker was his re-enlistment into UFO in 1993. Schenker's second go-around with UFO was brief, yet it did spawn a world tour as well as an all-new studio effort, 1995's Walk on Water. Schenker's pace of issuing solo albums only increased during the early 21st century, as such titles as 2000's all-instrumental Adventures of the Imagination, plus a staggering three albums in 2001 alone (MS 2000: Dreams and Expressions, Odd Trio, and Be Aware of Scorpions) saw the light of day. 2002 saw Schenker sign on with UFO once more for a new album, Sharks. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Michael has been successfully touring with the Michael Schenker Group. He and his brother, Rudy Schenker, are proud Dean Artists and are currently tearing it up on stages around the world.

 

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