André Olbrich

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André Olbrich
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Andre at Gods of Metal fest, 2007
Background information
Born (1967-05-03) 3 May 1967 (age 47),
Düsseldorf, Germany
Genres Power metal, Thrash metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Blind Guardian

André Olbrich (born 3 May 1967, in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.

Olbrich was ranked #76 out of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time by Guitar World.[1]

Personal[edit]

Olbrich has a Greek wife and two sons. He was a school friend of Hansi Kürsch's. He is known to be sociable with fans, often chatting with them after concerts.

Olbrich's favorite books are The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, both by J. R. R. Tolkien; he has stated that his dream is to create an orchestral rock-opera for these epics. His favorite games are alternately listed as Baldur's Gate II and World of Warcraft.

Professional[edit]

Olbrich's style is influenced by his favourite bands, which include Queen, Judas Priest, Metallica and Black Sabbath. Additionally Olbrich relies heavily on staccato technique. He is listed on Guitar World's list of the "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists" at #76. He is also ranked #64 in Joel McIver's The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. André's guitar work often reflect's vocalist Hansi Kursch's singing.

Equipment[edit]

André's gear[2]

  1. Body: Alder
  2. Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)
  3. Pickups: 2x EMG 81
  4. Floyd Rose Tremolo System
  5. 24 Jumbo Frets
  6. Original Jackson-style pointed headstock
  1. Body: Alder with Maple Top
  2. Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)
  3. Pickups: 1x EMG 81 (bridge) 1x EMG SA (neck)
  4. Floyd Rose Tremolo System
  5. 24 Jumbo Frets
  1. Body: Mahogany
  2. Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)
  3. Pickups: 2x EMG 81
  4. Floyd Rose Tremolo System
  5. 24 Jumbo Frets
  1. Strings: D'Addario .010 - .046
  2. Picks: Jim Dunlop Nylon 1 MM
  3. Amp: Engl Straight
  4. Cabinets: 2x Marshall 1960 ( A & B )
  • Amplification

He is believed to use Marshall amps for his distortion/lead riffs:

  1. Marshall JCM 900 Dual Reverb
  2. Marshall TSL 60 (Triple Super Lead)
  3. Marshall cabinets 4x12 (with Celestion V30 speakers)
  • Rack
  1. ENGL savage
  2. Furman Powerconditioner
  3. Shure LX Wireless System
  4. Rocktron Patchmate
  5. Yamaha SPX 990
  6. Ibanez Tubescreamer
  7. Hughes & Kettner "Red Box" Pro
  8. Morley Power Wah
  9. Dunlop crybaby 535q (used during A Twist In The Myth tour)
  10. Boss AC2 Acoustic Simulator

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guitar World's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blind Guardian Official Website - André Bio". www.blind-guardian.com. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 

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