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Schenker performing with the Scorpions in 2005.
August 31, 1948 |
in Hildesheim, Germany
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, vocals|
|Associated acts||Scorpions, MSG, Avantasia, Ali Campbell|
|Gibson Flying V
Dean Signature V
Dommenget "Ferrari" V
Dommenget "Scorpions" V
Rudolf Schenker (born August 31, 1948 in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony) is a German guitarist and founding member of heavy metal band Scorpions, being the rhythm/lead guitarist and one of the main song-writers of the band.
Rudolf Schenker founded the Scorpions in 1965 when he was 17 years old. He has become one of the major driving forces in the band's song-writing and musical direction for 40-plus years. In 2010, Scorpions announced that their newest album, Sting in the Tail, would be their last. The tour that supports the album is the Get Your Sting And Blackout World Tour, was thought to be their last, however they are currently on their farewell tour called "The Final Sting Tour" that will come to its conclusion in Munich on December 17, 2012. Rudolf has been the Scorpion's most consistent member, appearing on every album and at every tour. His younger brother Michael Schenker was a member of Scorpions in the band's earliest inception, before joining the band UFO. In the year 2000 Rudolf Schenker was awarded the city of Hanover plaque.
After starting out with a Fender Stratocaster, Schenker is primarily known for playing Gibson Flying Vs and, more recently, Dean Vs. In the Acoustica DVD, he is seen playing an acoustic Flying V made especially for him by Dommenget. He now uses Dean acoustic V models. Some of Rudolf Schenker's main live guitars in recent years are Dommenget, the same maker that produced Klaus Meine's live guitar and many guitars for Matthias Jabs. Rudolf's signature models are the Dommenget "Ferrari" V and the "Scorpions" V.
Playing Style 
In an interview on the 'World Wide Live' video, he mentioned that his goal is not to become the best or fastest guitarist, but to be a very good composer.
In most Scorpions songs, guitar solos are performed by lead guitarist Matthias Jabs, but there are some notable exceptions, in which Rudolf plays the solos, such as "Wind of Change", "Always Somewhere", "Still Loving You", "Send Me an Angel", "Lady Starlight", "As Soon as the Good Times Roll", "When The Smoke is Going Down", "Animal Magnetism", "Through My Eyes" "Coast to Coast" (second solo), "SLY" and "Big City Nights".
Rudolf Schenker is known for his energetic riffing and wild live performances, which often include swinging his guitar over his head and throwing the guitar up and catching it.
- Official Site for Rudolf Schenker's Biography
- The Second Supper Interview with Rudolf Schenker
- Rudolf Schenker Audio Interview on Guitar Jam Daily
- Rudolf Schenker 2010 Interview
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