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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: 1
    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: 1

    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: 0

    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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