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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 130

    Occurred to me I never filled this in ... and I've been here years so sure most people know all the answers.

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An Encore 3/4 size classical from Argos.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My 40th Anniversary Fender Strat.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    An early 80s Ibanez Roadstar II

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    It will always be a Gretsch White Falcon, it won't actually be one but that's the piece I'd LIKE to acquire


    5: What strings do you use?
    For the metal, D'Addario 11-56
    For everything else, Elixir 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    The solo, I'm never happy ... so have to take advice on when to stop.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Usual warm up, 2 wanks and a cup of tea ... and another wank.  (Or stretching fingers ...)

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Quick wank ... then pack up and shift, there's usually another band on in 10 minutes


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Thinking that the drips hitting me were just a dodgy pipe and finding out later it was seepage from the gents toilet upstairs 


    10 What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    In The <pub name concealed) stand 2 feet to the left.

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  • jlpmanjlpman Frets: 0
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    After being given various acoustic guitars I was bought a Satellite Les Paul copy when I was 14.  The neck snapped about 6 months later.  I'm sure it was never in tune

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Gibson ES-330 VOS

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Martin D25K (1983)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Strymon Flint or a decent compressor 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Electric = D'addario 11-53 (tuned to D-Standard)
    Acoustic = D'addario 13-56 (EJ117)

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Crap guitar sound on Desolate Times (https://soundcloud.com/jamesperrymanmusic/03-desolate-times)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    A number 2 usually

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Beer (and maybe another number 2)

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Starting a song a semi-tone flat and not realising tim the band came in 2 mins later, then having to start again.  Or cutting my hand open when sliding down the fretboard at a hot gig

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice more, listen to more blues & country, develop your feel, work more on your lead playing
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  • wellsyboywellsyboy Frets: 78
    edited July 2016
    1: What was your first guitar? 3 tone sunburst Kay SG copy (actually that's flattering the guitar - it was just a similar shape to an SG) a real pig! 
     2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? My beloved Collings 290 DCS - that may change when my 594 arrives but I doubt it. We'll see 
     3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? Not sure actually - had a real change around in recent years - probably the DCS but I can't remember how old that is - about 5 years old? 
     4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Awaiting delivery of my new PRS 594 
     5: What strings do you use? Pyramids 
     6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? would like to finish something!!!! 
     7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Making sure my sphincter is firmly shut! Seriously though - trying to control the adrenaline - breathing exercises etc. I tend to tighten up so trying to stay loose is paramount 
     8: ...And five minutes after? Making sure no-one is winding cables around their arms - I HATE it when people do that! 
     9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Nothing! Even fluffing a solo or missing a cue - just feel privileged to be able to do it now and again 
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Take your guitar playing seriously but don't take yourself too seriously! And make sure you always enjoy playing- if you aren't enjoying what you are doing move on and try something else - be that genre band personnel etc
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  • loins71loins71 Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A horrible acoustic sporting a non-removable plastic plate with a picture of a flower on it. Just what an 8 year old wants to take to school for guitar lessons

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 1971 Gibson SG Pro

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 1969 Gibson SG Special

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? I'm not buying any more guitars. Honest

    5: What strings do you use? D'addario XL 10's

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? That I wasn't such a sloppy lazy player

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Yawning uncontrollably. I get really tired before I play

    8: ...And five minutes after? Wishing we had road crew


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Drunk stage invaders or people trying to talk to me while I'm playing

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Get some proper lessons
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    1982 Black Kay les paul, borrowed from a school pal!
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Tough call, but probably my candy apple red fender tele with stetsbar.
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Aria Pro II Les Paul - approx 1989
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Thinline 72 deluxe tele
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Superslinky 9s
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd overdub more guitars on all of them ;)
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Usually emptying my 50 year old bladder.
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Filling the same bladder with a cold beer!
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    A lively pub gig many years ago I energetically jumped up mid solo and smacked my head off the low beams above the stage, carried on playing despite the slow trickle of blood from my head!
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn some scales you lazy bas***d!
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  • NathbeheldNathbeheld Frets: 1
    edited July 2016
    1. My first guitar was a tanglewood strat. Bought it a local guitar shop with my uncle, he recommended it for the money I had at the time. Was a nice starter guitar. 2. My telecaster deluxe. 3. My takamine acoustic guitar. 4. Currently putting a pedal board together so need to finish with a good volume pedal and the ditto X 4 looper. 5. Currently using elixir strings. Always used d'dadario strings until recently. 6. Wouldn't change anything about the older recordings, helped me to get better with new ones. Maybe some songs that have made it which clearly shouldn't have :) 7. Freaking out. No matter how many times I play I still get nervous before playing. 8. Packing away. ..... 9. Strings breaking, been pretty lucky when I've played. So far... 10. Practice!! And stop doubting yourself. Even failures help develop you as a player/writer etc. 7.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    it was an Aslin Dane not see what the model number is but it's a music man copy with a cool blue sunburst

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    1990 Japanese strat
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    As above

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I'd love to get a telecaster but I don't have much of a budget at the moment, maybe a classic vibe tele..

    5: What strings do you use?
    At the moment I'm using roto sound heavy bottoms but I might swap back to ernie ball regulars

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Getting nervous and excited at the same time maybe getting a drink

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    playing the 1st song
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    2001 Paul Reed Smith Santana in Santana Yellow

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    One of my Gibson Les Paul's, or my acrylic guitar made by Crimson Guitars

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Acoustic Fender from the 60's, it really is a piece of junk that has a 1'' steel pole in the center of the body to stop the guitar folding in on itself, that was how they came from Fender back then.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    No idea the list is long.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Newtone strings on my acoustics, Ernie Ball on my electrics

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Add a couple of 'sections' to the solo we recorded on our version of 'Knocking On Heavens Door' both to the begining and the end of the solo, basically how I play it now..

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Trying to calm down

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Enjoying the buzz and enjoying the rush of adrenaline

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Broke my ankel turning on a pedal.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Learn Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Michael Angelo Batio's techniques and tricks as soon as possible and challenge myself harder and more often.


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  • SlimbertSlimbert Frets: 29
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A nylon strung Hohner acoustic out of the Argos catalogue bought for me for my 12th birthday.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My blue Ibanez SZ520QM. That guitar has so many stories to tell.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Probably the above Ibanez which is circa 2000/1. I'm not overly in to vintage stuff.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A van because I can't fit my rig in my car in one go!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Usually D'Addario EXL148's which are 12-60 although sometimes I go for a .62 6th and a wound 3rd.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Checking how drunk the singer is and outside having a cigarette.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Having another cigarette.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I had a guitar strap snap on me early in a set....with no spare or back-up guitar! Had to kneel down for the rest of the set. I've always carried spares of everything and at least 3 guitars to every gig since.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice more. Definitely.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Ibanez Blazer, handed down by a step brother

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Original 1966 Custom Colour P bass

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The above mentioned bass

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'addario master race!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Frantically trying to remember the songs.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Looking for my cables

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    String break with no backup.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Spend more time practicing more time developing musically and less time worrying about gear.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?  It was this tobacco burst Aria Pro Strat Copy. I really hated that guitar, but my folks wanted to avoid spending loads on a guitar if I was going to drop it after a month or two. This was in 1995, after about 8 months my folks were so pleased at how I stuck at it, they took me to the PMT in Oxford (it had just opened!) and they got my a 1995 Fender Jag-Stang in Fiesta Red. It was my only guitar right up till 2014, when I bought my very first Gibson!


    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? My 1979 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in Ebony


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? My 1979 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe


    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?  I want to get a Gibson Les Paul Custom and a Gibson Flying V '67 reissue


    5: What strings do you use? D'addario NYXL's 10-42 , except for my Strat Plus replica which has Lace Sensor Golds. For that guitar I use D'addario Pure Steels 10-46 and you really need more high end with these pups


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


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


    8: ...And five minutes after? N/A


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?  I was 17 and was doing a school band night. I use to hang out with some real dossers, who just wanted to smoke pot all the time. While myself and the Bassist had instruments and could play them, the biggest dosser of them all who was our "drummer" never bothered to get himself a kit or to spent time practicing just hitting the sticks. He was so stoned he couldn't even do a basic 4/4 beat. I got such bad stage frights from the shame I felt that I was shaking so badly that  I was unable to to strum properly. With no drummer I was unable to keep time and the bassist who was also screaming vocals was not bothering to follow the pace of the song properly, so we were just making a noise. It was my 2nd ever time on stage and I've never been able to get over the horror of that night. I never bothered to go to meet the guys ever again. This was in 1997 and to this day the others guys still hang out and just smoke dope together while never holding down a job. 


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Don't get in a band with the idiots mentioned above and learn something other than Nirvana songs. Don't buy a Jag-Stang get an American Fender Strat Finally take proper guitar lessons!

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    First guitar I bought was a Washburn Taurus bass!  Would've been around 2001!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Definitely my Takemine acoustic. The beaut!

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Brandless acoustic which just has model 501 printed inside. My Uncle got it second hand from a car boot when he was a kid. He's about 52 now. It's totally battered but sounds amazing.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    EITHER a Japanese Tokai explorer/flying V, Hamer explorer or a Johnny Marr Jaguar please. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    I mainly play acoustic, so when I'm playing rhythm guitar on the electric I have a tendency to beat the shit out of it. So not even slinky's are perfect for me!

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    The vocal takes. On every single one haha. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Drinking a beer, panicking about lyrics and tuning up.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Packing down!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    getting concussion from the headstock of a bass guitar. That or freezing on the intro to don't stop believing (I know!). 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get out of your comfort zone and learn something you don't like.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    A Hagstrom Jimmy D'Aquisto from 1979... I sold it to get a '73 Tele Deluxe, but I wish I still had it...

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Sorry - I'm taking two. My latest Les Paul build and my Gibson Les Paul

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Probably a US Strat from '01

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Difficult to say - maybe an amp cabinet and chassis so I can put my own amp together

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Balls, usually. D'Addario if Ernie has left the building

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Probably having a laugh with friends or maybe tuning up

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Probably chatting to people at the gig and downing a drink

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Recently, an inconsistent lead from my pedal board sapping my sound - very difficult to trace because it was intermittent. I thought my amp or pedal board was on the blink. Either that or the moment the output transformer on my 100w Superlead decided to give up the ghost

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    TONE!!! It's all about getting the right basic tone to begin with

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A two-bob piece of crap bought mid eighties from Soundgear in Great Yarmouth. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Only got one, a Cort, it's ok but I'd be saving my dogs!  

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My crappy old battle scarred Westfield

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A nice rock and roll bed for my V Dub T5 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Not bothered

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I wish I'd had money to spend on good gear to get a better sound, I was never ever happy with the sound I got in the studio    

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    My traditional pre-match dump, then maybe a quick tune up ...And five minutes after? 
    Making sure I've got two pints to take on stage 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Just bad gigs, nothing spectacular

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Spend time on mechanics of music and the bass guitar 
    Lying in the dark not far away, there's a little old man in an allyway, slipping away from the pain and cold so his tale of a devil will never be told!

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

    A new Encore Stratocaster for about £100 in about 1992/3 when I was about 15.

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

    Easy; the American Standard Strat I bought new earlier this year.

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

    Washburn MG-42 with a Floyd Rose which I bought around 94/95. It is a good guitar, but I grew to dislike it’s ‘pointy’ styling and the Floyd Rose is a nightmare which never keeps in tune.

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

    SG or a Guild S-100 to play heavier/darker stuff.

    I also want an amp; I'm still using a Marshsal Valvestate 8040 I bought in the mid 90's. It's good, but damn there are so many amazing amps to choose from these days, fancying  a Laney Cub 10 or 12 at the moment

    5: What strings do you use?

    Fender 9/42 or Daddario 9/42

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

    Not made it on to a recording yet

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

    shitting myself

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Drink

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

    A melt down with looper pedal, playing and singing at the same time co-ordination. I hadn't practiced enough

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

    Find a better teacher, learn how to hold a pick correctly and alternate pick. Don't be so feckin shy, write songs and form your own band.

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  • Ally1BSAlly1BS Frets: 14
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A little 3/4-size classical kids guitar for Christmas when I was about 9 or 10, which would have been (eek) about 1975/6

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    It's not the most valuable, but it would be my Washburn parlour, which has some very personal sentimental value.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A Tokai Strat copy from the mid 80s, from a time when Tokai were making guitars that put the Japanese Fenders & Squiers to shame. Classic Hank Marvin cherry red, white fretboard, natural maple neck.  

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Not lusting after anything at the moment, but there's a gap on the wall where a semi-acoustic jazz guitar could find a loving home. Maybe one of those dirty looking Ibanez mahogany hollow-bodies.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario bronze on the acoustic. Slinkies on the strat. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Take off  & nuke them all from orbit, it's the only way to be sure. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Long time since I've been on  stage, but I would normally have been drinking or smoking anything that wasn't nailed down.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Drinking & smoking everything including the things that were nailed down. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Once played a function room above a working men's social club where downstairs the Karaoke had a PA far better than ours. We were trying to play a sensitive, delicate blues song while the floorboards were being rattled by an old bloke wailing "YOU ARE ALWAYS ON MAAH MAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIND...."  downstairs

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Funnily enough, my elder son is now 14 & really keen, just forming his first bands etc, so this is a very practical question for me. Truth is I'm trying really hard not to give him advice, he doesn't need it from me, but beyond the usual (enjoy yourself, practise etc) I'd just say listen - properly - to as much diverse music as possible. I wish I'd been a lot less snobby & more broadminded when I was young, I missed out on so much.

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  • colourofsoundcolourofsound Frets: 79
    edited October 2016
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    an Aria Acoustic, and a 1985 black Japanese Squire Strat. Still have both, the strat is on regular rotation. Will have got both of them from the now defunct music shop in Llandudno, in about 1997.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My '92 Tokai Breezysound

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The '85 Strat

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Fender '68 Vintage Modified Custom Deluxe Reverb. And a number of guitar pedals.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'addrio XL 11 gauge, pretty much across the board

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    As a producer I have difficulty putting anything to bed...so everything? Generally guitar solos and vocal mixes are tough.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Drinking water, necking a whisky, warming up the hands

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Shaking from adrenaline, neatly packing away gear messily rushed off stage, spray deodorant on myself, hugging the band, drinking water, necking whisky, warming down the hands.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Totally forgot how to play a guitar part I had written

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice more, learn to read music, stop being lazy.
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    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An acoustic I bought from a guy at school for a fiver.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Probably my custom shop strat  , White with Brazilian rosewood board,SVL Fatboy 59 pickups .yum

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1973 Yamaki strat , ash body 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Got an urge for an SG , and maybe a little fender amp ... And so on 
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Curt Mangan 10s or 11s 
    elixiers for acoustic


    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Did some recording with a band called PsiJamma in the 90's and I would change the fact that we didn't get enough people to hear it...


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Having a pee, maybe a gulp of red wine !

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Loads of water, maybe a gulp of red wine... Chatting with whoever.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I played in a duo years ago with a true rock n roller Ray Neale of Shotgun , Lord Sutch fame.Ray had moved to Devon and I used to play rhythm while he played the most amazing rocknroll guitar on a late 50s Rickki and sang the real deal .One Highlight of the set was for him to do a sort of forward roll and end up on the floor with the guitar behind his head ,still playing it ....  The number of pints Ray had had determined how successful these acrobatics were.We were playing a pub at Christmas time and Ray went into his move ,unfortunately his leg caught the nearby Christmas tree , bringing the whole thing down, lights, beer and all. I was left playing a very empty 12 bar .




    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Play with other people as much as you can and yes  get into some theory , when youre young you learn without realising ...
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 766
    @pumkin Dibs on that Custom Shop Strat. Tortoiseshell guard and that's my dream guitar!  :)
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  • pumkinpumkin Frets: 3
    @tone1 yeah she came with tortoiseshell guard but I changed it as it wasn't a very authentic looking 'shell' ... Maybe I'll look out for another . 
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  • HoofHoof Frets: 20
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Hondo strat copy that my mum got me for xmas when I was 14. This was after much begging. It was actually pretty decent and it's still at my mum's house in a bit of a state. I resprayed it silver very badly. I keep meaning to ressurrect it as a project guitar but not quite round to that yet.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Gibson LP custom. 2 reasons: It's the most valuable guitar I own and I've had it since I was 20 (so nearly 20 years) and it's on almost every recording I've ever done.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    An early 80s Gordon Smith GS1. I'm guessing at that tbh. I bought it in 1997 and it was pretty old and worn then but I got it for a bargain price so I didn't mind.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A decent vocal mic.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addarios. 12-56 on my LP tuned to C-Standard, 11-52 on my Fret King Esprit tuned to Drop-C and 10-46 on everything else in E-standard.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Work harder on the vocals and not allow studio engineers talk us into compromising our sound because they weren't familiar with us.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Having a piddle and warming up my voice.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Having a beer and dreading the pack up/load out.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Playing to the largest audience of my life at the time, it was a festival at a holiday camp in the off-season. I got to a guitar solo and jumped onto a bass bin which was in front of the stage. I hadn't realised that this was on casters and it rolled, with me on it, about 10 feet away from the stage and stranding me in the middle of the dancefloor until some guy took pity and rolled me back toward the stage!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Be more ambitious,decisive and proactive. Opportunities don't hang around.
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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 2

    I joined a while back but haven't done much, so time to submit to the initiation rite:

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    The first guitar I actually owned was a Kent (and it was), a cheap £25 acoustic from a junk shop. I must have been keen because it didn't put me off from learning.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I would burn with it while I tried to decide between the Gretsch Duo Jet and the Gibson CS336.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    It's a bass - my 1973 Fender Precision.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A 5E3 (Tweed Deluxe) style amp - if you are selling one, PM me!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball Slinkies. The gauge varies a bit according to the guitar.

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Looking at my watch, maybe doing vocal warm-ups.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Getting changed back into my street clothes.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Bad things don't often happen to me, least of all on stage.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get a decent valve amp as soon as you can afford one.


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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Hohner strat copy that I bought (along with a leather jacket) with some money my Grandad gave me when I was 16.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Probably my '52 Reissue Telecaster.  It's my go to guitar.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Late 80's Squier Strat or '89 PRS Custom.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Looking at the Boss Katana amps.  If my CU22 sells, I'll be in the market for a McCarty.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Rotosound, Ernie Ball or D'Addario 9-46 hybrids.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Take a bit more time to get the tone just so.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    LP - Last P!ss & making sure my amp is on standby, not turned off.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Packing down as quickly as possible.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Had beer spilled on my guitar by a 'happy' drunk.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn to read music. Practice more and get a telecaster sooner.
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  • IvanMCIvanMC Frets: 29
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    It was a Hondo... I got it so many years ago!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My 7-string one indeedy.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Charvel/Jackson Mod 4

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'd love to get hold of a Mbs Evolution Volume Pedal...

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario... still 0.9

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Anxiety... it might show when listening to some recordings at times. I've been working on this. And I literally need to learn lots about mixing.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Warming up indeed.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Whingeing about having lost something. But overjoyed.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Went to play, no sound... there was something wrong with my beloved DS1.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Relax, enjoy and learn. Always. Though nothing else matters: life will always be split into two for you: guitar and the world.
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 892
    edited October 2016
    Bezzer said:

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Thinking that the drips hitting me were just a dodgy pipe and finding out later it was seepage from the gents toilet upstairs 

    Eww! @Bezzer
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Black Aria STG-004 bought from my brother's friend for my 13th birthday. It was great until my cat had a nap on it and peed on it. Somehow omitted that details when I p/x'd it for my current guitar.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My only guitar, Fender Highway 1 Strat

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    See #2

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A tube amp. Blues junior would be ideal.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'addario Nickel would .10-.46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Making a recording in the first place.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Never played onstage.

    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? 
    Play more. 
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  • benjwri said:
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get 1: $13 Stella, with a real plastic pickguard...glued on. Around 1948! 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gretsch DuoJet 5655

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Above 2013 model

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Gretsch 6128 double cut or....

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'add 10's on electric, Martin 12's on acoustic. Plan on trying some flatwounds next stri

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Settle down and play. Make my mind up on a style and work on it.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    a catalog classical from parents - who wouldnt buy me the drum kit I really wanted - 74 I think ...

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    my goto LP Classic - snot green inlays etc - plays nice / suhr aldrich pu's 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    a 1970 Brazilian classical - so much nicer than my first 

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    d'addario 9's  

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    less is more and that extra 8 bars of beck /  murphy  noodling didnt really add anything at all ..

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    drinking ; tuning ; rounding up drummer !

    8: ...And five minutes after?
     a beer n gassing 


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    pissed post apres ski gig - get asked to play a few songs for another bar promoter,, stagger back up back on stage  four chords into intro , fell backwards over amp and it was a train crash - blood n snot !! - to everyones surprise we got the gig for following night 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    just get out and play with other people as soon as you know a few chords with the kit you have now ... years of home shredding n gear whoring will not make you a musician ... 
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