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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    First 'proper' guitar was a BC Rich Warlock back in the late 90s. In retrospect it was a totally bizarre choice as I've never been that into metal but I remember seeing an advert in Guitarist magazine for a starter pack that had the Warlock and an amp. When we went into the shop to get it the guy in the shop upsold my dad to a pricier Warlock and ditched the amp. Probably a good idea although my first electric having a floating trem was a bit of a baptism of fire for a newbie. I don't think it was ever the same after the first string change. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I've got a 2014 Les Paul Standard Premium Quilt in Ocean Water Perimeter. It's not my favourite guitar but it is the most unique and irreplaceable. It's got a very weird asymmetric quilt. Everything else I own I could walk into any guitar store and buy the exact same models. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Warlock! I still have it. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    It's been a while since I've had a Fender so I would rather like a Tele or Strat again, but I think having worked in guitar retail related things the last 7 odd years I've been a bit spoilt with what I get to play with and now I think it would have to be a custom shop. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs. Till I die. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Gosh probably the album I recorded as a dissertation for uni. I'd change the fact that it was bad. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Tuning, retuning, reretuning... why do none of my guitars stay in tune. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Feeling gutted that it's over.

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

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practise way way way way more. Get lessons. Learn everything you can as young as you can while you've got the time!
    Full disclosure: I'm a terrible guitar player. Work for Reverb.com as their UK Marketing Director and prior to that was Head of Digital Marketing at Andertons for 6 years. 
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  • BootsclanBootsclan Frets: 2
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Hohner Les Paul in Black - bought by my father when I was 9

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My 1984 Hendrix strat made in Japan

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I want to replace my SG standard that I sold 10 years ago.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    elixir 10's electric, 12's on the acoustic

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

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

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    drinking...heavily

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    my mates guitar and amp failed and I had to carry the whole the thing - first ever gig!


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    don't be so uptight - just play 
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  • PetarNedPetarNed Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    My first guitar was a Behringer guitar that had a USB port. It was hideous.

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

    My AVRI strat, it's the only guitar I own.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Until recently I owned a 2011 Squier Classic Vibe 60's strat that I received as a gift and passed on as a gift just a month ago. My current strat was made in 2016, but that's not really exciting.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Victory V40 - a poor man's Two-Rock.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Gibson Brite Wires 11's for the past couple of years.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Let me record one first.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Probably trying to buy a can of coca-cola from the bar.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Still putting away my gear, I'm kinda slow.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    There was this time when I completely froze due to stage fright, thank God these times are gone.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Metronome, metronome, metronome.
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  • onlyatomonlyatom Frets: 2

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

    I originally received a Fender Strat from my father's friend and used that for a while - but he eventually asked for it back. My first real guitar was a Fender Strat (Mexi White) my dad got me from Guitar Centre and flew home with.

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

    My only current guitar, Gibson Les Paul

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

    My only current guitar, Gibson Les Paul

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

    Trying to get back into the swing of things, I'd like to get a nice small tube amp for the bedroom, and start experimenting with pedals again. The one tone (great tone) Plexi has done it's job for me.

    5: What strings do you use?

    Legacy Pro-Tone Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings 9-46 -- my sweat is toxic so I need cheap strings I can change often

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

    Stop trying to be lofi/punk and record something that sounds huge

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

    Having a beer, checking my tuning

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Having many more beers and trying to forget the whole experience

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

    Got way too drunk before a show, started a fight (sort of) in the crowd and almost got kicked out of the venue...mid set

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

    Try to enjoy it more, don't force yourself to learn songs, find your own voice

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  • HerooohHeroooh Frets: 4
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A crappy Yamaha starter guitar that kept slicing my fingers. I bought it when I was 12.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Whatever Ill own at the time.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    2017 Skervesen :P

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    10-52 NYXL's, the only set that withstands my nuclear waste sweat.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Remaster my first song.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    (Not gigged for a while) got pumped with the other guitarist.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Shower

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Grooved 5 frets of a tele with strings.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Dont destroy your hands with 7strings
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  • mark1313mark1313 Frets: 1

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A no name, barely playable acoustic.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    1978 Ibanez 2619.
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1978 Ibanez 2619
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Axon midi converter.
    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario 9-42 (54 on the 7, 74 on the 8)
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Use classical not steel on an intro. 
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Warming up my hands and stretching.
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Wiping the strings down and packing everything away.
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    At an open-air gig the sun started to set. Myself and the bass player had to retune between and during each number.
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    If it sounds good, use it. Don’t get sucked into gear trends.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Way back in July 1969, I was in the local 5 and dime.... no sorry that was Bryan Adams. Hopefully none of you pulled any muscles with the eye roll that doubtless provoked... I bought a "Axis" Strat shaped object so I could start playing with friends back in 1993 from a second hand shop, think it was £75. Black finish with a mapleish neck.nice set of rotosound steels and a penchant for wandering out of tune and snapping the B-string.. I learned a lot about fettling from that guitar shaped object.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    1992 SRV Signature strat

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

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Small Fender Valve amp to replace the HRD I sold before being lynched by my neighbours, though I am building a Strat-o-like from various bits. I will do a build thread so you can point and laugh.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    For electric usually GHS Nickel Rockers/D'addario in .012 or .013.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I haven't committed any of my atrocities to tape (yet).

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Despite not gigging since 1998 I seem to remember I'm usually pacing around nervously and running through the set list.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Shaking like a sh*tting dog with the adrenaline.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Rhythm guitarist downing tools mid solo because he "wasn't feeling the vibe" he was sacked using a flurry of vitriolic invective shortly after..

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't suddenly stop playing in 2000 and then wonder why you're still rubbish in 2015 when you start again!
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    1978 Ibanez Les Paul Copy ( lawsuit ) / 1978

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
     1981 G&L L2000 bass

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
     attempting to suppress the urge to buy new gear

    5: What strings do you use?
      Ernie Ball 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
     too many things to change, so little time

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
     just generally checking that the gear is in order; guitars are in tune

    8: ...And five minutes after?
     starting the painful post-gig loading while pretending to enjoy it ... LOL

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
     tough question ... probably forgetting how to play the song ...

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
     keep doing what you're doing ... and don't worry about "success"
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  • Cleg83Cleg83 Frets: 2
    1: Nadine Strat Copy - Black. I bought it for £50 on my 13th birthday. Terrible. Sanded the paint off and took it apart with the intention of doing something cool with it. It stayed in pieces before it was re-assembled and given to an ex some 15 years later. 

    2: Gordon Smith GS1.5. I had that made in 2011 and it was my main guitar for years. It's not even that great but it means a lot to me. 

    3: Yamaha Nylon String.

    4: Rothwell Love Squeeze Compressor (had one previously but sold it when I was broke).

    5: Telecaster: D'addario 9.5-44
    Gordon Smith:  D'addario 11-52
    Gretsch: D'addario 10-46
    Yamaha Nylon String: D'addario Pro Arte hard tension
    Tanglewood Steel string: Elixir 11's
    Mandolin: Elixir 11's

    6: Fewer notes

    7: Pre-gig poop. 

    8: Packing up so I can talk to peeps without fear of gear bring broken / stolen. 

    9: String break on a Bigsby equipped guitar and I didn't bring a backup. Ended up having to play lead guitar in a loud band on an acoustic for the rest of the show. It turned out OK and I don't think I've ever been that focussed.

    10: Rely on your ear from the get go, nothing else will set you in better stead. 
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  • ChairsChairs Frets: 43
    edited May 29

    I’m retroactively amending all my comments for privacy’s sake. I know they’re cached in places, but this is still a best attempts effort. Mods - if any rules have been broken, please revert this post.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A crappy no-name "Stevenson and Brown" Chinese Strat knock-off. What a bad decision. 15th birthday.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I've got a Music Man JP13 (impulse buy, for sale now). It's just a lot of dough.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Said cheap Strat copy, soon 15 years old.

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball 2240 Slinky RPS 10 Gauge 

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Making sure I'm all warmed up, doing some deep breaths to calm down.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Obsessing over every little mistake I made.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    The cheap strat copy went completely out of tune in the middle of a song.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Cut down on watching all those DVDs and Youtube Lessons, get more time on the instrument. Also, don't buy that cheap shitty guitar. Get a decent Squier for the same price.
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  • OakieOakie Frets: 3
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Spanish classical guitar my nan bought me about 40 years ago! 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My burgundy mist Kingbee strat.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Probably my indie acoustic. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Recovery effects endless summer. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixir on everything. 

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Guarding my gear. 

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

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Fore mentioned drummer. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't let that drummer into the band in 10 years time!! 
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  • robbierobbie Frets: 16
    edited February 6
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    The first bought and paid for was a Les Paul Traditional, in 2014

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? Ha. Soo far ahead of you and a 58 CS Les Paul, plus 594, one over each shoulder, both in mono sleaves and ready to go

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? No oldies, though that would be a lovely thing

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Likely the Sim1 xt-1. Single coil and accoustic (and more), and all in a single pedal. Wow

    5: What strings do you use? NYXL 10’s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? Zip ambition to record anything. At any time. Ever

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? As in work, you will never find me on stage, ever, ever, again. And that pleases me enormously

    8: ...And five minutes after? Enjoying the sense of elation, when it went well. That and a pint

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Choked. Other than that, sweats, klammy hands, cotton mouth. You know, the usual

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Start earlier. Though that said, taking it up was something only ever for myself. Something that is a complete stretch, wholly alien to anything Ive experienced before, is the greater reward and its probably not something Id have appreciated as much, then. 
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  • Axe2GrindAxe2Grind Frets: 3
    edited February 7

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

    Ibanez 540 Radius in Jewel Blue purchased from Axemail (Colchester) in 1988 (I had it a couple of weeks and handed it back in exchange for a Korg M1 due to my Brother kept on "borrowing it" worst & most costly mistake ever!)

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

    I only have two guitars, my Strandberg Boden would be saved, my Fender Deluxe Strat would burn!


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

    My Fender Dleuxe HSS strat, although its only 6 months old, my Strandberg is only 3 weeks old.


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

    Fractal Audio AxeFX III - which won't happen as I don't have money to burn.


    5: What strings do you use? 

    D'Addario NYXL 10-46


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

    The overall mix and production, my skills in that department are not good. 


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

    I've never played live or gigged but I would imagine I'd be warming up my left hand (and no not that!)

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Coming down to earth after playing live in front of 80,000 people and being a total success ...... NOT!


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

    I nearly wet myself, but that was being on stage at primary school whilst playing the part of a wiseman in the nativity, not very wise nearly pissing yourself


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

    Always use a point of rhythmic reference when practicing, nothing worse than playing out of time with bad intonation and its not all about speed, more important aspects of playing is timing, phrasing, bending intonation and knowing your way around the fretboard which I'm sure would go in and out of my younger self's ears.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I heard Walter trout in 89 and went straight out and bought an encore Strat. It was awful but I loved it. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Depends. If I’m at home it would be one of my custom built raycaster strats. A sea foam one with a wenge neck that just feels like part of me. 
    Mid my studio was burning I’d grab my Paduak N4. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    An 88 Strat in off white with a kahler trem. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Rack mounted helix (hence why selling the jem)

    5: What strings do you use? 
    NYXL 10s balanced tension. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Not actually double tracking on a take and using the short delay trick. Bugs me now. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Warming up on my little Martin. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Cleaning my strings.  

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I knocked my bass player off the back of the stage by accident. He kind of carried on plying while climbing back though so all props to him. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    If your practice session feels like a chore stop and come back later. The minute music isn’t fun is the minute you need to step away and come back fresh. 
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Jim Deacon acoustic at the age of 12. Horrible sharp frets!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gibson Les Paul R7 VOS

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    2003 Fender Custom Shop 51 Nocaster

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A sunburst Gibson ES345

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixir Nanoweb or Elixir Optiweb 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Doubling up guitar parts to the point where they can't be played live by a trio!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    At the Bar, getting a pint.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    At the Bar getting a pint.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Aside from forgetting to tune up after the last song was in drop D, it's got to be the drunken punter and mic stand that fell onto my pedal board bending all the knobs on a DD3 and Keeley Compressor i had at the time and soaking the rest.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Modes! Learn your F***ing modes!!!
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 74

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Encore Strat copy in 3 colour sunburst.  Got it when I was 16 for my birthday from my late uncle and I believe it was about £80. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Classic Player 60s Strat.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A Line6/Tyler JTV-59 Variax.  I had a period after a messy divorce where I was sans-guitars for a bit.  The Variax was my first step back in.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I've just ordered a Nashville Tele. :) After that, I'd love a Helix or a Les Paul. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky for electrics.  Martin SP Phosphor Bronze on acoustic.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd add some talent! :D 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Long time since I gigged last, but it would have been going for a pee! 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Probably the same! 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    To be honest, nothing terrible ever happened on stage, but I'm sure I messed up a few solos!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice properly, stop noodling and you might have a hope of getting better.  In fairness, I could tell myself that now! 


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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Black encore 3/4 size strat thing for Xmas present when I was 12. I wanted to be a bass player so I took the bottom two strings off. 

    It cane in in a pack with a battery headphone amp and also a little JHS amp which I discovered when you switched the power on the adaptor from 12 to 3v fuzzed like a beast. Had me friends dropping their jaws when I could play the beatles’ Revolution.

    first guitar I paid for was an epiphone Sheraton at the height of oasis’ fame. Cost £330 from flying pig


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

    My epiphone les paul honeyburst. Not my best guitar but it was an 18th bday present

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The epi les Paul above. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Guitar: a jazzmaster
    amp: fender twin or orange rocker 32
    fx: keeley loomer or a big trees 

    5: What strings do you use?
    fender 10s

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Not much. Maybe choosing a neck pickup rather than too twangy a bridge pickup on one song


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

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Emptying a pint glass

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Few broken string incidents but think I got away with them. Shattering ear drums with an ebow 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Dont sell your gear. You’ll regret it. 
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  • brooombrooom Frets: 156
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    My first guitar was actually two, an Ashton stratocaster and CIJ Fender mustang reissue. Got both of them when I was 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Tokai goldtop and telecaster.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1959 junior.

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie ball 0.10s.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I haven't recorded sadly, so I should start by changing that.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Busy being nervous.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Storing away my gear.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Not being in time with the band on a specific part of the song.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Play rhythm, write songs, play with people.
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  • 545454545454 Frets: 10
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Squier strat, probably in 1993/4, long before I new anything about set-ups or intonation. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My mum's old Ibanez classical, just for sentimental reasons. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Again my mum's old classical - 1972 I think.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Trying to resist...but those Blues Cubes look the bees knees.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Rotosound 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Stick with more first takes.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Bit of fresh air is always good.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Bit of fresh air and a pint.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    PSU failing on my multi-fx in first song. Didn't half simplify things though.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice slower but better. 

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  • youngscyoungsc Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Not sure I can remember the guitar I learnt on as a kid. First half decent guitar I owned was a Hokada dreadnought which I fitted with a piezo. I loaned it to my son who probably sold it for a line. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Tricky one; my accounting brain would say the Fylde Alchemist but my heart would go for the Music Man Axis Supersport Family Reserve. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The 1981 Yamaha SA2000 I just acquired from Dominic - a real beaut!

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Maybe a baritone- intrigued as to the slightly different dimension it could add to a band. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Depends on the guitar. Typically Elixir Custom Light on acoustics and Slinky’s on the electrics. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Haven’t done much recording since my youth. At that time our sound guy had just acquired an echo copycat so it sounded like we were singing in an empty cathedral. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Having a natter or a pee! 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Having a natter or a pee!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Usually starting a song in the wrong key. Once I even got through a whole verse in the wrong time signature. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Give more time to theory!
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  • the_doobzthe_doobz Frets: 1
    1 first guitar was, bizarrely, a 60's tele inherited  when my mad hippie uncle died in the mid 70s - sold for a princely sum some years later.

    2 - it'd be the K Yairi

    3 oldest - early 80s Gordon Smith GS1

    4. I'd like another tele but my child's university funding precludes it.

    5. D'Addarios 10 on the beater, 11 on the Yairi, 10 on the GS

    6. I'd have been a little less pissed.

    7.  Drinking beer

    8. Drinking beer

    9. I dropped a friend's Fender Musicmaster bass and broke a tuning machine.

    10. to my younger self - sober up you tit.
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  • FlametopFlametop Frets: 44
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    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    First electric was a Columbus Les Paul in cherry sunburst. At the time (1984ish), the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Played like a cheese grater.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Fully assembled would probably be my CV Squier Tele. If I could grab a bag of bits it would be my Strat partscaster build. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My Squier precision bass, which must ne nearly 10 years old.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    The last guitar I looked at in the classifieds.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball 9s.

    6 If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Never done any

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Never played live, but if rehearsals are anything to go by, trying to find out which bit of the signal chain isn't working this time.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Inhaling beer I suspect.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I'll let you know.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    It's not about left hand speed. None of it is worth a light if you can't hold a rhythm or hit the right strings at the right time.  

    Edit: And learn some theory you lazy git.                     

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  • AndyKAndyK Frets: 1

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A black Columbus Les Paul with a black scratchplate, bought with my first pay packet in 1984.  I bought it from a shop called Cash Guitars, run by a lovely old bloke called Bernie.  He was always so friendly and helpful.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Gibson Les Paul R0

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1978 blonde Gibson Les Paul Standard

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Must... not... buy... anything... more...!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Gibson Vintage Reissue 10s

    6 If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Replace the drummer!


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Still trying to set the PA up

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Drinking Newcastle Brown Ale, if available

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Fortunately, nothing really bad has happened over the years - although that doesn't stop me worrying that it will

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

    Keep practicing and don't give up


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  • jbam6714jbam6714 Frets: 1

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheap knock off LP copy with single coil pups masquerading as humbuckers. Pawn shop in Redcar.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Aria Pro II "Thor Sound" - My first reasonable guitar, currently being modded

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs on the Electrics, Martins on the Acoustics.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I would play passably well!.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Stretching / Loosening up

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    G&T or Beer

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I played in a Church worship group and something happened to my rig to produce howling feedback in what was supposed to be a particularly reverential and quiet moment.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    1) Structure your practice time. 2) to play good music, you must first play a lot of bad music. 3) Just F*@Kin' Do It.
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  • timmypixtimmypix Frets: 11
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A cheap classical guitar my Dad found in a charity shop when I was 6. First electric was a Yamaha Pacifica 112. It died when my best mate tried to do the over-the-shoulder swing with cheap Planet Waves straplocks on the school playground...

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    I have two arms, so my '17 Les Paul Classic and my LTD Ninja 600

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    2002 Fender Highway One Strat (after my 1995 Epi LP was nicked)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A Victory VX Kraken

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'addario EXP 10-52 for the LP and the V, 10-46 on the Strat and the Bernie.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Re-recording the guitars with an amp that's not shit.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Having a wee.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Sweating and trying to carry everything.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Borrowing a friend's Les Paul and the strap refusing to stay on.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Would you genuinely rather be dicking about on the Xbox, or getting better at guitar?
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Jackson PS4 Performer with a trans blue flame top. I got it brand new when I was 13 at Brent's Music in Fort Myers, Florida.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Jackson USA Custom Shop 1996 aluminium bodied Roswell Rhoads

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1971 Gibson SG

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Class 5 quilt top in Iguanaburst! 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    I really like the Dean Markley "Blue Steel" strings. I go through plenty of standard Ernie Ball sets as well. .10 gauge

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Oh I don't get recorded, I do the recording! I own Essex Recording Studios

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Trying to find the best craft beer in the venue!

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    The same!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I've never had any issues knock on wood

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice does not make perfect....perfect practice makes perfect. Get the technique or part right slowly and work your way up. One day there will be a thing called YouTube and you will be able to watch some amazing tutorials!
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? Yamaha SE110 - bought for me by my parents in 1986. Came with a Flyspeck headphone amp.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 2014 American Standard Strat

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? An Epiphone Les Paul Special II

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? I dare not reveal that in case the spys are lurking and they decide to cut off more than my allowance!

    5: What strings do you use? Hybrid Slinkys - 9-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? That it didn’t sound so rushed.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Falling into a deep sleep before dreaming of being on stage.

    8: ...And five minutes after? Pouring a bowl of cornflakes

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Nowt...that’s the joy of never having played in front of a live audience.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Don’t stubbornly stick to staying self taught - have some lessons!
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  • bluepillbluepill Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Its an Eko - i believe it's a ranger, electro acoustic from the 70s that my dad gave me when I was nine. It was/is all cracked and broken. He had his mate turn the nut round to make it left handed for me but i was that small the buttons got in the way so i ripped them out when i was about twelve. Not a great move. I still like to play it. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Tough one thats like choosing between my kids. Probably my Les Paul

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

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Daddario tens. I can't stand ernie balls. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Better tone - always a better tone.

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

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Beer obviously. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Amplifier set on fire


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    The musical world is bigger than one hendrix single of your dad's. 
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  • RedWolffRedWolff Frets: 18
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    My dear Mum bought me an acoustic guitar at a school fete back in 1974. I didn't know the first thing about guitars but I tried to learn my first chords on this diabolical instrument. It was a nylon string guitar that had been strung with steel strings which were rusty. As a result the action was insanely high so I had to cut pieces of sticking plaster and apply them to my fingertips in order to fret the notes. After a couple of months I gave up playing guitar. I came back to guitars a couple of years later after I tried a friend's instrument and realised that mine was an 'utter dog'. I strummed it again many years later and we all fell about laughing at what can only be described as distortion from an acoustic guitar. It was truly the devil's instrument.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    1965 Fender Stratocaster

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1965 Fender Stratocaster

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    1960 Gibson Les Paul Jr.

    5: What strings do you use?
    For electric, Elixir 11-49. For acoustic, Elixir 12-54

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    My husky vocal tone on a 1987 recording session. Due to a bad cold.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Adjusting my wig...oops...did I say that out loud?

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Struggling to remove my sweaty vinyl stage pants.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    A misplaced attempted kick at a giant bouncing ball (at a concert) sent my Fractal Audio AxeFX cartwheeling across the stage. I couldn't stop to fix it because I was singing lead vox/playing guitar at the time. One of the female singers had to drag it back to position for me while I played on. It didn't miss a beat!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Get a GOOD teacher and practice hard with a metronome. The only lesson I ever took was with an old 'jazz' guitarist who was, I found out later, notoriously impatient and a jazz snob.  I was so shattered by that 30mins that I never returned or took another lesson...ever!

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