Echoes of the Past: The Classic ‘Money for Nothing’ Tone On a Late 1980s Groove by Laszlo Buring

Echoes of the Past: The Classic ‘Money for Nothing’ Tone On a Late 1980s Groove by Laszlo Buring

The Classic 'Money for Nothing' Tone On a Late 1980s Groove by Laszlo BuringThe Classic 'Money for Nothing' Tone On a Late 1980s Groove by Laszlo Buring

“I was having a little fun over on Instagram. Playing someone’s 80’s action movie beats sunglasses kid, which explains the shades. So, I decided to make some of my own and try out the classic ‘Money for Nothing’ sound over it.” – Laszlo Buring.

Headphones, glasses, a black t-shirt, a necklace in the form of a guitar pick, rings, and an amazing electric guitar. Laszlo is back with us once again! This time he is presenting an incredible 2-minute video that transports us back to the 80s.

With iconic tones of the hit song “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, Laszlo takes us on a nostalgic journey. Published on August 5, 2023, this video performance has already garnered around 2,600 views.

Laszlo’s rendition of the melody is nothing short of incredible. Evoking a powerful sense of nostalgia that is sure to resonate with all listeners. His playing style and technique have the uncanny ability to ignite a wave of sentimentality in anyone who experienced the era. Particularly the 1980s.

It was a time when music defined who you were and what you stood for. Laszlo’s video presentation perfectly captures the essence of what teenagers and music enthusiasts of the 80s aspired to be – skilled guitarists and true rockers.

In this video, Laszlo faithfully reproduces the legendary guitar tone Mark used in “Money for Nothing.” Employing his Epiphone Les Paul Classic guitar, he reveals that it’s a budget-friendly alternative to the Gibson Les Paul favored by Mark Knopfler.

“The distinct sound can be recreated with the right guitar and effects. In my case, I used the Epiphone Les Paul Classic. To capture the precise guitar tone, I incorporated an overdrive pedal, a touch of delay, and reverb. And to achieve that signature sound, a wah-wah pedal is essential – simply engage it and lock it in a specific position.”

“While the studio version of the sound took a different route, this live rendition stays true to its essence,” he added.

For this particular video, Laszlo found inspiration in producers who have earned renown for their tracks. And especially those originating from the 80s era, known for prominently employing synthesizers.

“I’ve been collaborating on Instagram with producers who specialize in 80s-style tracks infused with rich synthesizer elements. This prompted me to create my own composition to play alongside this iconic guitar sound. Eventually, I developed a track in the same key as ‘Money for Nothing’ (G-minor). After several hours of experimentation, I arrived at a captivating riff that pays homage to the original. At the same time, it incorporates compelling solo sections as well.”

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“From my perspective, the outcome was quite satisfying. The guitar sound hails from the early digital era, seamlessly blending with the synthesizer-driven tones of the late 80s. I can’t help but imagine that if Mark Knopfler had collaborated with someone like Jan Hammer in the 80s, the result would have been extraordinary!” he mused.

Moreover, beyond sharing insights about his tone and video, Laszlo unveiled some exciting news. He’s not only embarking on the creation of his own impressive guitar material and projects but also gearing up for a solo album. He mentioned:

“Moreover, I’m currently engrossed in crafting material for an upcoming solo album. While it’s still in its preliminary stages, listeners can certainly anticipate some exceptional guitar work!”

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