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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?
    I used to play in an unintentionally Spinal Tap-esque metal band, where I was dubbed "Wolfgang Amadeus Bastard". (I have also been addressed by the stage name "Dorothy" in the past, just to keep things in balance. Aren't people cruel?)

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?
    UK, Bristol

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Either to carry on gigging with my best pals until I die, or to actually get a decent album's worth of songs recorded. Or both... 

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Probably my Washburn WI66 Pro. Lovely to play, and not too precious to take slumming it round the pubs..

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    This week? Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower

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  • Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    Its a condensation of my name - Mark STefan Johnson

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Guildford, Surrey, UK!

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play with other great musos and no feel like a complete imposter.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    TimeLine. Those that can't play.... cake everything in delay.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Killing in the name of - RATM - Rage and Radiohead were my musical awakening.

    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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  • Frank_BlankFrank_Blank Frets: 5
    edited December 2017

    Hi

    My name is Frank and I'm one of those annoying people who buys too many guitars despite not really being able to play them, I'm a bass player really so I have decided to concentrate on my bass playing and sell the guitars that are cluttering up my room even though they look lovely!

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My name is Frank (Blank), hey (presto).

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    UK / Essex / Southend on Sea, sorry.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Just happy writing and playing my own songs in my little band.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Just discovered the Taylor Mini-e Bass and it’s a game changer for me which is why I’ll be advertising a lot of gear on here.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    At the moment Liveable S*** by Sleaford Mods

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  • I'm Garry from Oxfordshire. Retired early last year after 35 years as a professional youth worker. Was lucky enough to establish quite a number of music projects for young people including international bands exchanges, rehearsal and recording facilities, tuition, a credible youth music venue and annual Rock in the Park events etc.

    The guitar has perhaps been the number one influence on my life having played in RnB bands since I was 18. Am a new user of this forum (despite signing up a while ago) and already impressed with the camaraderie and support from fellow muso's

    Having spent a lifetime fiddling with guitars I attended the excellent Totnes School of Guitar Making in 2012 (Where there's a Phil there's a way!) and now build, repair and customise guitars for pleasure and the local music fraternity from my own well equipped workshop.

    Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    Was dubbed Molehand Plank Spanker years ago due to a perceived heavy right hand attack. Rumours that I use kerbstones as plectrums and railway track as strings are unfounded.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Oxfordshire UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play live as long as I can (oxygen, defibrillator and donor card are in the gig bag ho ho) Am planning to record an album of my fave self honed and second hand RnB toons next year to mark my 60th. 

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? 

    My custom 2x10" V front 25 watt Dominator style combo made especially for my 50th by the legend that is Jeff Lewis at Matamp. Spent a couple of fascinating weekends at Briggs Mill helping build it, well 99% of the time just watching and listening to see if I could catch Jeff taking a breath between sentences.  

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Freddie Kings 1974 studio version of 'Sweet Home Chicago'


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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    The fact I love strats

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Romford

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play well enough people don't plug their ears

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    My Sunburst U.S. made strat

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Tightrope, SRV

    "Pick your noses up!"
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  • TTony said:

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    The Fabulous Riverboat books by Philip Jose Farmer (still a good read)

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    The United Kingdom of Brexit Despair!

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To get well and start playing again

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Difficult choice but I'll go with my American G&L ASAT Deluxe from around the millennium (can't remember the exact year off the top of my head). A great all rounder and looks delicious! :)

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Layla, from Layla and Other Love Songs

     

    The Ethical



    "When the train, it left the station, there was two lights on behind,
    Well, the blue light was my baby, and the red light was my mind.”
    Robert Johnson
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  •  Hi, not sure if I’m doing this properly as I haven’t joined a site like this  before. So here goes, my name is Julian and i’m a fairly ancient blues guitar player who also collects amps and guitars. I play in the band of a large (80) gospel choir and also write and record.I live in Nottingham.  
    In answer to some of the questions:
    1. My user name comes from my favourite playing guitar which is a custom Luxxtone Choppa S. It is a wonderful combination of a modern and vintage strat with lollar blackface pickups.
    2. I live in Nottingham but work part of my time in Sheffield teaching architecture.
    3. My writing ambition is to develop a way of writing blues base songs about contemporary issues - social, political and sometimes humorous. My playing ambition is to get as good as I can before I can play no more!
    4. I have a number of great guitars, one is the Luxxtone and others are  a Nash and Trussart strat and a Trussart Deluxe Steel-caster. Best amp is a 1964 Deluxe Reverb that has been modded by Cesar Diaz, but also enjoying myself with a Kemper at the moment as it works very well for the Gospel Choir..
    5. My number one track - anything on Hard Road, lots of Live At Slims by Joe Louis Walker and the best solo - the very short Clapton solo on I Feel Free.

    there seem to be another 10 questions so I’ll have a go at those too!
    1 First guitar - a les Paul junior dc that I bought when I was living in the States in the late 60’s.

    2 Guitar to save in a fire - the Luxxtone 
    3 Oldest Guitar: 1959 Esquire
    4 Next Guitar: A Luxxtone Telecaster
    5 Strings: Paramount - haven’t broken one yet and I’m really trying
    6 Change to a Recording: Redo the solo on one of my latest songs - and relax while doing it.
    7 5 mins before going on stage - find some gum
    8 After: Definitely a drink
    9 Worst thing that happened on stage: Fell backwards off the stage whilst playing keyboards- ouch
    10 Advice to Younger Self: Take learning scale and fretboard fluency seriously.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14733
    Welcome @wabster - promise that no-one here will call you Dorothy.  Ever.  Actually, I can't promise that.
    Welcome @markjohnson - though you know that already!
    Welcome @Frank_Blank - nothing wrong with being from Southend - one of my favourite guitars comes from there.
    Welcome @Plankspanker - if you get it recorded and ready to release, remember to plug it here!
    Welcome @strat1990 - if your u/n comes from your love of Strats, I'm guessing that you've got nearly 2,000 of them?
    Welcome @the_ethical - even if you did mention that which should not be mentioned in your intro ;)
    Welcome @Luxxman - and wisdom for spending Christmas Eve here, rather than panicking around shops somewhere.

    Welcome all.
    :)
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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from? Middle name

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Nashville via Sydney via London

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? To continue going deaf for a living.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? A Les Paul made from bits out of the Gibson repair dept dumpster

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? (I'm ) Stranded / the Saints


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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14733
    Welcome @Bramley  if only to prove that I'm sober enough to spell, and at work today!
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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Wallace & Grommit

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Near Birmingham UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play to an audience without too much stress

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Sigma acoustic

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    No idea. Something written between 1966 and 1976

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  • How do I start a new topic, folks?

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  • A bit about me.
    I thought you folks might be interested in knowing a bit about me, "Antipesto"   
    I've messed with guitar for 30+ years, and developed the technique of playing the same trash year after year. It was pretty bad! Prior to that, I'd been a drummer in back-street bands in Wawickshire, which were about as good as a bunch of clueless youth can be, (not good at all).

    In my work as a photographer, I one day had a call from an ex pro guitarist who wanted some promo shots taken. He was fairly local, and set up a one man show in a local hall for me to take the pictures. 
    So impressed by his talent and experience, I asked him, "would you teach me?"  He agreed, much to my surprise.....
    That was two years ago.... I've practised his tortuous lessons everyday since then, learnt to sing, and played about 8 open mic nights and one "real" gig.  I'm 59 years old.  I'm reborn.  

    That's it, really.  Thank you for reading!



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  • derroderro Frets: 1
    I'm a Sixty something that is taking up the guitar at a late stage in life but having great fun - I will never be a guitar player, but I don't care - its all about the fun and interest!

    Q1: Where did you username come from?

    Old nickname I was given.

    Q2: Where in the world/country are you?

    I live in Ireland

    Q3: What's your main musical ambition?

    No musical ambition other than to entertain myself and have fun

    Q4: Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Fishman Fluence PUs in my strat

    Q5: Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Don't have one!!

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  • Derro... My tutor is nearly 70. He gigs weekly and thinks I soon can too. I'll be sixty soon enough. Food for thought?
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14733
    Welcome @antipesto - good to see that you've got your posting difficulties sorted out :)
    Welcome @derro - you're a guitar player as soon as you pick one up to start playing.  Carry on enjoying it  ;)
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  • Hi I am George or Geordie as every one up here calls me as i live in the frozen north in Northumberland.
    not got any musical ambition I just like messin with guitars and I have to many'
    Best gear got to be my 93 Strat plus deluxe never sell it
    Best track
    Any thing by AC-DC
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  • Hey! I’m Charlie. Here are my answers to the initiation interrogation:

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It’s my name, only slightly more formal.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Germany. I moved here for the excellent weather, and because I can wear sandals and socks without being harassed.  

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Make some music that people listen to more than once, voluntarily.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Music Man Valentine. It’s a bit boring to look at, but great in the sack  

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    INXS Need You Tonight. What else?

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  • "Make some music that people listen to more than once, voluntarily."   That's a gem. I feel that way, too. 
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 79

    Hi, I'm Matt. Just joined, although I've been a long time user of other guitar places on the internet. I've been playing for about 30 years, although I've not played regularly in a band since I was in my early 20s.

    Musically, I started as a rock/metal guy, and then went hard into jazz and soul in my late teens, and these days I dabble in absolutely everything: classical, jazz, swing, rock, fusion, RnB, etc.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It's based on my first name and part of my surname.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    London, but I'm from central Scotland originally.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to sit in on a jazz session without looking like a total idiot. Being able to record music on my own that I like. Continuing to improve.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Probably Yamaha THR10.  I have owned much better amps before, and not every model on it convinces me, but the form factor and the fact it's always plugged in in the living room, ready to play, has completely transformed how I practice, and how often I practice. I've gone from always practicing unplugged, and mostly noodling or doing boring 'practice' to always practicing plugged in, and doing a lot more with backing tracks/looping/music.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Marc Ribot - Aurora En Pekin (if I was picking a 'guitar' track)

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  • thecatmanthecatman Frets: 1



    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Basically me liking cats

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    I'm from the Netherlands, living in a region called 'de achterhoek'

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    I would like to play in a live performing cover band

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    I own a Gibson Les Paul Classic Rock, which is really nice, but love my Epiphone Les Paul Std. a lot more

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Too hard to mention but I have a lot of nice memories to the song 'Schools Out' by Alice Cooper

     

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  • shiroshiro Frets: 4

    Happy new year to everyone!

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Japanese for "white" or "castle"

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    London

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Just having fun playing music.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Love them all!

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Got a few #1s!  Love all kind of music - got a bit of soft spot for jazz.


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  • jeeblesjeebles Frets: 1

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    A character from an old 70s cartoon

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Wiltshire

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To actually get paid for it!

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Roland space echo

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Voodoo child

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  • gitarman4gitarman4 Frets: 6
    Q1:  Where did you username come from

    I have been a guitar player since the early 60's so I used gitarman because it was spelled wrongly
    and was easier to use for email addresses etc!!

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?......Chelmsford, Essex

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?....None now

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - 1990 Les Paul Standard (Had it from new) well used and still plays well - don't 
                                                  use it now, its too heavy.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - The Long And Winding Road by the Beatles
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  • gitarman4gitarman4 Frets: 6
    Q1:  Where did you username come from

    I have been a guitar player since the early 60's so I used gitarman because it was spelled wrongly
    and was easier to use for email addresses etc!!

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?......Chelmsford, Essex

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?....None now

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - 1990 Les Paul Standard (Had it from new) well used and still plays well - don't 
                                                  use it now, its too heavy.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - The Long And Winding Road by the Beatles
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  • I've just finished building a DIY tele kit and I'm liking the look of the making/modding challenge for 2018, so I've signed up to have a go at that.  I'm pretty bad at starting things, so that might never happen.  Anyhoo:

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    From the Brian Eno album, Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy - I needed a username for something years ago, that was the first thing that came to mind and I've been using it everywhere since.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Rainy Carlisle, Cumbria

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Currently, I'd like to form a band playing really sideways, awkward music that will pretty much clear a room, but the three people left would be really into...

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    I don't have anything too flash.  I guess my 12-string Fender acoustic I got as a 21st Birthday present.  It's evil to play but sounds amazing (even though I'm totally cack-handed).

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Cardiacs - Dirty Boy
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  • T42T42 Frets: 13

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Gumball3000 team number

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to knock out a few songs on the gey-tar

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Fender T300

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Part of chasing cars.



    Im brand new to the guitar, just want to be able to play a few tunes but after 2 weeks my fingers hurt and I sound like cr4p but ill keep trying.

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  • Chatster76Chatster76 Frets: 1
    edited January 5

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    A nick name my wife gave

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    UK Mansfield

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to get some sort of tune from my guitar

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    My vintage brand acoustic guitar

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? 

    Cocaine blues by Johnny Cash

    Hi my name is Paul aged 41 and I have been given a acoustic guitar for Christmas and hope to be able to learn how to play some of my favourite songs thanks Paul

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14733
    Welcome @Georgie -  We've got a few frozen Northumberlandists on here, huddle together and stay warm!
    Welcome @mistercharlie - I like that you're in Germany, and refer to our intro as an"interrogation" :D 
    Wecome  @Matt_McG -  exactly the reason that I love my THR10 too
    Welcome @thecatman -  we've a few catlovers here, and Gibson lovers, and maybe an Epiphone lover somewhere too
    Welcome @shiro - does that mean you're Japanese, speak Japanese or just know the one word?
    Welcome @jeebles - you mean some people actually get *paid* for making music??
    Welcome @gitarman4 - I like the implication that you've already achieved all of your music ambitions ...
    Welcome @TigerMountain - and welcome to the M&M challenge - definitely a case of the more, the more interesting
    Welcome @T42 -  only 2 weeks, and already you sounds like cr4p?  Some of us are still trying to attain that status!
    Welcome @Chatster76 - plenty of people here to ask for advice on learning to play, welcome to guitar playing

    :)
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  • blank28blank28 Frets: 2

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My favourite side character from the final fantasy series 

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Wales

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