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  • Okay ...

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Gibson SG Standard purchased June 2014

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    The nearest to hand.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Gibson SG Standard made in 2013.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    All done purchasing, but a different amp might suit the SG. A Victory Baron?

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Currently sporting some D'Addario NYXL1046BT 10-46 strings. These really suit the SG, but have used Rotosound and Ernie Ball in the past. I'll stay with the D'Addarios.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    LOL, what recording? I want to play, not waste time faffing about with microphones, recording equipment, levels, false starts, external noise, computers, editing, etc etc.
    If I had recorded myself, I don't think I would change anything. Recordings are a snapshot in time, like old school exercise books, it's part of progression to the next stage. Why waste time altering the past when the future is there to be formed?

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Onstage? What's that? But I guess I'd be bricking myself silly.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    No idea ... possible packing up my kit to a background of silent awe.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    As a stage hand, it was waiting whilst my colleagues got their shit together to do what they should have done, and the audience looking on because the curtains were open.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't wait 32 years to start playing guitar.
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 36
    edited December 2016

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    I was given some no name classical guitar in about 1983. I had some leassons at school, but the action was massive and my hands too small, I was only 7. First proper one that I actually learnt stuff on was a Fender Gemini acoustic in 1990 for my 15th birthday.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Probably my first electric - 1987 Squier Strat for sentimental reason. All the others are replaceable.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1987 Squier Strat

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Some pedal that I don't really need no doubt

    5: What strings do you use?
    For my Strats GHS 10.5-48, for Jazzmaster/Telecaster Ernie Ball 11-48, for acoustic Martin 11s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Get a better drum sound!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Trying to ignore my band mates stressing out.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Roadying.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Some bikers once threw a bottle at us beacuse we dared a chord change. I also allowed myself to be involved in some horrific on-stage jams in my youth involving All Right Now, Hey Joe and Stairway to....  o

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Stop wanking (on the guitar that is) and start writing.

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  • Here goes!

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    The first guitar I owned was a Squier nylon - string 3/4 acoustic, which I received from my parents on my 10th birthday. Still have it!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    What's currently in my hands: a '64 SG Junior. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    That SG junior is the oldest guitar I own!

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    GASing hard for a Mosrite à la Johnny Ramone just now. Either that or one of those AV '52 telecaster reissue models from Fender. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario, 11-49 set!

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Since recording an EP in April, I've come up with lots of variations on riffs that would potentially work better. Oh well, that's what playing live is for!  ;)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Relaxing at the bar. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I had a strap button come loose and a guitar go crashing to the ground, during the second song. Luckily no damage and I had a second guitar handy!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Keep practicing!
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  • mpsa01mpsa01 Frets: 11
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    An Aria superstrat. I got it two weeks into university. It was a nice playing guitar but didn't last very long before I moved it on.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 

    My '96 Les Paul Studio

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 

    My '96 Les Paul Studio

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 

    Another reverb pedal (Red Panda Context) or another Verellen amp

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Elixir 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 

    I'd like there to be more raw Marshall tone on our last EP, it sounded a bit polite

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 

    Telling my frontman to stop asking me banal questions about what he should say in between songs

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Loading out as quickly as possible so I can kick back

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 

    When I was in a crowd at a hardcore show a few year ago, the frontman threw me into the kick drum. There was no skin on the outside of the drum, so I ended with my head inside a kick drum, with no earplugs. Sore.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 

    Get into a practice room with other people earlier, learn to play and write with others as quickly as possible.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Really horrid EKO acoustic with 1/2" action, bought for £35 (>1 weeks wages!) in 1977.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    MIJ strat that I bought new in '89.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Early 70's Dynelectron copy of a Danelectro Guitarlin - owned since '78.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Roland GR55

    5: What strings do you use?
    DR for electric and Newtone Heritage for acoustic.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    More relaxed playing and less worrying about the fact that I'm recording.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Chatting with the guys & making sure the guitar is in tune.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Tearing down.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Sound cutting out suddenly due to faulty lead.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Experiment and enjoy yourself - don't worry about those who don't like what you do.
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