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1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?A very cheap nylon-strung thing which, for some reason I don't recall, I sanded back to bare wood and put steel strings on. 2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? Tacoma Thunderhawk baritone. It's not my best guitar, not the most expensive, not even my most-loved (though it's close), but the company no longer exists and the instrument is just about irreplacable. All the others, special though they are in their different ways, could be replaced by just ordering another one and scratching up some money.3: What's the oldest guitar that you own? The Thunderhawk again. 2007 so it's post-Fender, but still a good one.4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Probably another acoustic guitar, same as usual. But which one? I'm running out of room, not to mention money, so it will have to be something special. Wait and see what comes along.5: What strings do you use? Depends entirely on the instrument. Typically 12s or 13s, mostly brass, mostly uncoated, but one of the Matons works best with phosphor bronze. Horses for courses. Brands don't matter much, not in strings. 6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? Actually making one.7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Pretending that I'm not as nervy as I actually am. Gets me every time. 8: ...And five minutes after? Nothing special. Grab a drink, pack the gear up. But I haven't played live in decades.9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? For some reason never explained, the other guys always made me be the bouncer. Suppose a drunk yobbo wanders on to the stage and wants to sing along? Guess who got the job of getting rid of him. Every time. Dunno why, it's not as if I'm big and scary-looking. Never got hurt doing that but I had some nasty moments.10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Work out what you need to do to get good, reliable tone. Forget trying to be fancy, focus on good tone. Everything else can come later.
1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?Some sort of Teisco Del Ray “Rock and Roll Model” single pickup guitar from an uncle of mine.2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
2106 Limited Edition Claro Walnut SJ-200 EC as there are only 50 of them in the world
3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?1954 Harmony model H51 archtop with a Gibson P13 , volume and tone
4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?A Marshall 4X15 cab or a Fender 2x15 Cab5: What strings do you use?Martin Monels on Mahogany guitars. D'Addario Chrome 10s on Les Paul, Spectrum Bronze Thomastik Infeld on the J200 and Bullets on the Strat6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?Have no one around when I am recording vocals, or have an Isolation booth7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?worrying that no one else showed for soundcheck8: ...And five minutes after?Feeling bewildered9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?Couldn’t hear myself through the monitors10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?Playing and practicing are two different things. It’s those who practice and learn that improve
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