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  • nickmewnickmew Frets: 2
    Ok, let's give this a go
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An early 80s Tokai Strat, which I got secondhand when I was about 15. About a year later I got bored of it and did some punk style modifications. It now has no lower horn - more like the bottom half of a Vox teardrop, a truncated upper horn and all sorts of grafitti type paint jobs. That was over 30 years ago when people hadn't quite realised how good they were.' I've still got it and although it ain't worth much due to my ''thoughtful' mods it's great and I still use it on stage 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Hmm. That's like asking which of your children do you save. Probably the Tokai Strat, as although it may be the least valuable it's the least replaceable. And I've got insurance for the rest.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A 1968 Gibson Dove that I only got a month ago. Been looking for another acoustic to compliment my mahogany Martin for a while and kinda stumbled across it, or it found me. One strum and I knew I was taking it home 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Probably a Strymon Riverside or Sunset to simplify my pedalboard. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs generally, gauge depends on the guitar. I play bass as well and tend to use La Bellas for the basses.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Nothing. Everything. There are a thousand things you always want to change, there's never a perfect take, and as I produce for others I've learnt to be able to move on and focus on feel. Try your best to perfect it but if every little thing gets scrubbed and cleaned like a kid going to see the queen you loose the character.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Sounds dull, but making sure everything is in tune . I seem to be the band roadie for one of the bands I'm in

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    see above. Still unplugging shit. Ten minutes after generally at the bar.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    More of a band worst gig thing than just me. 20 odd years ago playing at a university ball, we were last on at something like 1am and they gave us a green room with a piano and a crate of beer after we'd arrive for a soundcheck at 2 in the afternoon. 
    So obviously we drank a bit more than we should have, but the main problem was by the time we went on we were knackered., so decided to go at it super-energetic and bouncy to stay awake. We'd forgotten from the soundcheck that the stage appeared to be made out of trampolines so this made the whole drunken debacle even more precarious. The bass player clanged his headstock against a monitor halfway through the first song and couldn't stay in tune the rest of the gig, the drummer said afterwards every time he did a roll or reached for a cymbal it wasn't there anymore due to the bounce, and all the while I was corpsing in fits of giggles. 
    It didn't help that the hall suddenly emptied just before we came on apart from a few people fighting with giant pugilsticks (if anyone remembers Gladiators) and headbangers with there heads virtually inside the PA cabs.
    We later learned from a news report that the hall had emptied due to some people having sex on the pool tables next door and everyone wanting to see it.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Play more with other people and less by yourself.

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  • That_LionelThat_Lionel Frets: 1
    edited May 5
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    A Tanglewood Strat copy. Bought for me by my gran for my birthday in 1990.

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

    My 1992 MIJ Jackson Rhoads.

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

    Aforementioned Tanglewood Strat copy.

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

    A USA Select Jackson RR1.

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Ernie Ball 09 - 46 and D'Adarrio 10 - 52, depending on the guitar

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

    The entire mix of an old band's first album. And the second one.

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

    Usually trying to remember how our songs go...

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Protecting my gear from murderers.

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

    Playing an indoor gig in a heatwave. 30-odd degrees outside, even hotter inside, absolutely unbearable on-stage under the lights. Was a little "irritable". Singer / bassist hit me on the head with the headstock of his bass. I pushed him away. He stumbled. He fell. Right through the drum kit...

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

    Just relax. No-one gives a ****
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  • tonybeepbeeptonybeepbeep Frets: 1

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

    Hohner jumbo acoustic at the age of 12/13 and first electric was a black CSL super strat at 15

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

    My old Shaftesbury SG copy that I traded in for  crappy Yamaha back in 94 or so

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

    Was a Charvette 270 that got given away as I'd stashed it in my mum's old house

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

    KMA Wurm pedal

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Ernie Ball Not Even Slinkys

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

    Use the 5150 that was suggested as opposed to the Zoom 9150 I was rocking

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

    Normally having a dump

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Wishing I was still up there on stage

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

    Had a migraine before a gig and was bending down to relieve some pressure when the end of the newly wound B string went into the white of my left eye. The migraine had affected the vision in my right eye, so I basically played the gig blind and partially deaf... 

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

    Learn some f'ing scales young man

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  • BebopperBebopper Frets: 10
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Yamaha SA500 in about 2008. Black semi-hollow with art-deco f-holes. Nice guitar. Should have kept it around for longer.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    See Q2. Ordered by me in January 2011 and completed in November 2012.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Hahn Model C telecaster

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Thomstik Swing flatwounds, 13-52

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Have not yet recorded.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Stretching out hands and some mental focus/relaxaton exercises.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Criticising my own playing, even if others felt I played well.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Guitar and strap parting company.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Prioritise learning tunes!
    London Jazz Guitar Society: www.meetup.com/londonjazzguitarsociety
    LJGS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LDNJazzGuitar
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  • AdetuonoAdetuono Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Teisco SS4L, which I bought for £15 (complete with amp) in 1972. I had no idea what it was until I saw an article on Ry Cooder, who was playing one, about 10 years ago. Still got it, but it's in a sorry state.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gibson Roxy/Zappa SG

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Teisco  SS4L

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A selection of old-style FX pedals. I can't get on with multi-FX; Helix will be in the classifieds forthwith.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Probably Ernie Ball; I like the colours...

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Never recorded anything

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    I don't play in public

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See 7:

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    See 7:

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Give up; you'll never be any good!
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  • ArjailerArjailer Frets: 3
    edited June 21
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    First guitar I played (when I was 14 or 15) was a cheap LP shaped japanese thing of my dad's. No idea what make it was. Had an unusual sound, probably 'cos my dad had been messing with the electronics.

    First guitar I owned was this custom made pointy monster my dad made for me when he broke his ankle - he was off work for a few months so decided to use the time to build a guitar. I seem to remember being officially given it for my 16th birthday, so late 1987. Loved it at the time, but find it difficult to play these days - neck is quite narrow and I struggle to get on with trems these days.



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

    The aforementioned custom made pointy beast - genuinely irreplaceable.

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

    The pointy monster, coming up on 31 years old now.
    I have a Hohner B-Bass that's around 28-ish years old, but nothing else I own is older than 10.

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

    Thinking about a wireless rig, but not sure it's actually worth it for the size of venues we normally play.

    5: What strings do you use? 

    D'Addario EXL 125. They're 9-46 hybrids - I like the slightly thicker wound strings for drop-D tuning.

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

    Haven't recorded properly for 25+ years ... and there's plenty of things that could be improved on those recordings  :-)

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

    Probably chatting to the other guitarist trying to keep both of us calm - wondering when we're going to start.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Chatting to the band about how the gig went - putting off packing up for a few minutes.

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

    Had one gig 20 years ago where the singer was too drunk to remember the songs - that wasn't fun and ended that band. But otherwise nothing too drastic has ever really happened.

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

    Don't be so afraid of shredding - I never did learn to shred, which is sad for a metal-head.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 2910
    Realised I've never done this and I'm bored, so...

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
     A "Star Sound" strat shaped thing in sunburst, from the now defunct guitar shop named Netto! I was about 17 I guess. It was alright after a set up, before that the intonation was abysmal. I was already quite musical having done my grade  8 piano and theory the year before so although I wasn't that good at playing it, I could tell it needed a set up!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I've a white Reso Glass kit made by Wez of this parish which means a lot to me, it's beautiful visually and plays wonderfully but it has a lot of sentimental value to me as well as it was partially with money from my nan (who's no longer with us) that I bought it as she encouraged me a lot with my music.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Another resoglass kit guitar bought off ebay, in red. Not as good as the white one but gets more playing time on it because it's a bit more rough and ready and therefore dispensable.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    An amp to replace my very disappointing Princeton Reverb.

    5: What strings do you use?
    For electric, usually Slinky Fat Bottom Skinny Tops. For acoustic I like Silk and Steel folk strings.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    On any recording of me singing I've ever done, I'd like a different singer.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    I sit quietly away from the chaos and do breathing exercises, effectively a sort of quick meditation. Unless I'm fiddling about with cables and amplifiers of course.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Same as the answer to number 7 pretty much, I don't hang around.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I had no monitor at a performance at a Vintage Fashion & Craft fair so couldn't hear what we were playing, the only way to hear it was to turn the PA up so high that it deafened the entire hall. It wasn't great.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Stick to piano, and learn to sing instead.

    And if there's anything good about me, I'm the only one who knows

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