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  • Murray28Murray28 Frets: 1
    1. What was your first guitar?
    Kay Led Paul Copy - super high action and appalling tuning stability.

    2. The building's burning down, what guitar do you save

    My 1987 Japanese Contemporary Fender Stratocaster

    3. What's the oldest guitar you own?

    See answer Q2

    4. And the next piece of gear you'd like to acquire?

    Probably a midi controller

    5. What strings do you use?

    Electric: D'Addario 10s Accoustic: Elixir 12s

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

    Wish I could find it TBA.

    7. What are you doing five minutes before you go on stage.

    Taking a p*$$

    8. ... and five minutes after?

    Having a drink

    9. What's the worst thing that's happened to you on stage?

    Got completely lost mid solo 'Hotel California ' was awful & embarrassing.  Didn't stop though that's a big no no.  Somehow got through it 

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

    Have some lessons and buy the best you can afford (buying cheap is a false economy)
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A crappy 3/4 size Spanish. No idea who made it. Got it in the mid '90s when I was a young kid.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Melody WD28 acoustic because of the sentimental value. It belonged to my dad.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    The Melody. 1974, made in Italy.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I keep GASing for an LP type for noodling on. 
    Whether that'll be an LTD, Epiphone or HB, I'm not sure yet.

    5: What strings do you use?
    I really like the EB Paradigms. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Just more skill in the recording process in general, haha. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    I've not gigged in years and years. Panicking probably. Haha. 

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Ordering a pint. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Joined a band as a bassist at last minute, two weeks before a pre-booked gig. Learned the songs for the set. Halfway through, they changed the setlist mid-gig and they were songs I didn't know. Very embarrassing. No idea why they did that to me. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Get a metronome, and do the chromatic exercises that you hate. Stop trying to sweep and run before you can walk, just nail the basics. 
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Columbus Les Paul Copy I saw in a shop window in Denmark Street - looked just like the one on the first ZZ Top album cover.
    The shop assistant sent me home with a Peavey Rage transtube practice amp too... pretty good in 1988.
    Even so I didn't stick at it and gave up after six months or so.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My Ryan Jarman Sig. Mus-Uar - there were only 252 made

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    A 1966 Teisco 2 pickup Tulip guitar. Plays like sh.. but sounds filthy as f...

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A Stretch Limo of course!

    5: What strings do you use?
    Still experimenting! However I recently paid £12 for a set of NYXL Balanced Tension 10's and was sent a 5 pack
    ...so for the foreseeable, balanced 10's it is!

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I'd learn to play the guitar

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    That backstage scene from Spinal Tap

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    wrapping up the cables; lugging the amps to the van and then driving around the M25 in the pissing rain !

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Getting invited onstage by a blues band in the Netherlands to jam with my harmonica.
    Me: "What key'll we be in?"  Singer: "A" - I ready an appropriate harp.
    Gets the nod to let rip ...aaand car crash!
    In Holland "Ay" is Dutch for E !!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice daily;  avoid 22 year gaps.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
     
    A very basic poor quality steel strung acoustic for Christmas 51 years ago.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    The only one I have - A Gibson Hummingbird

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    2014 Gibson Hummingbird

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Yamaha SA2200VS

    5: What strings do you use?
    Elixir 

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Final adjustments to stage clothing.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Finishing my first song.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    At a festival - inexperienced sound engineer completely screwed everything up. Sounded great in the monitors but out front it was dreadful.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Learn it properly.
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  • BillDLBillDL Frets: 156
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    About 1969.  My parents bought my brother and me a "Gallotone" acoustic as a joint Christmas present when we were kids. This was a brand made in East Germany or Czechoslovakia, probably by the same kind of violin making and luthiery company that had developed into Hofner.  It was all we could get in Africa where I was raised.  UK importers also sourced and rebranded guitars from the same makers in those days, and John Lennon has been photographed as a youngster playing a Gallotone.  My first electric guitar was a 1979 Fender Stratocaster (sunburst with black plastics) bought in 1981, by which time I was working and earning.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My early 80s Yamaha FG340 II bought new around 1983.  It was the first good acoustic I bought and it has a lot of sentimental value attached to it.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    A 1960 Hofner Senator archtop acoustic with De Armond detatchable pickup. I repaired it from a wrecked state around 1985.  It doesn't play very well, but the brunette sunburst finish on flamed maple or sycamore laminate makes it a nice wall decoration.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Nothing.  I need to stop buying guitars .... although, a nice Yamaha acoustic of the same build quality and wood as my first good acoustic would be good, because that guitar now needs a refret.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Rotosound 10-46 on most of my electric guitars, with 9s on a couple.  For most of my acoustics I use Thomastic-Infeld Spectrum Bronze (SB111) 11-52.  They sound like 12s but have a "softer" feel while retaining a full sound.  On my Sigma concert-sized electro-acoustic I use any good brand of 12s.  On my classicals I use Martin normal tension ball ends because I don't play them as often as the steel strings and I am clumsy when tying them off at the bridge.  

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Less reverb on most of them.  At the time you are compensating for the lack of reverb in the room and the tendency is to add too much, but when played back through speakers in a live space it is overpowering.  It's been a long time since I recorded anything, but I am in the process of setting up a room in my house to start recording again.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    It has been a long time since I played live and, even then, it was only a few pub gigs and as part of the band in a few stage shows.  I have done more tinkering and repairing of guitars in the intervening years than playing, so I am very rusty.  I would normally have been smoking a cigarette and trying to remember lyrics for backing singing.

    8: ... And five minutes after?
    Smoking a cigarette.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    I was playing guitar as part of the band for a stage performance of Grease.  I had a fancy little Zoom 9002 strap-mounted multi-effects unit and a little pad controller stuck to the guitar to switch between presets.  I had used this through a DI box straight into the PA mixer before, but in small pub rather than a large hall, and with shorter cables.  I couldn't reduce the latency and was still working on it 15 minutes before the show.  I had to swap to a mic'd combo and a Boss BCB6 case with my 5 Boss effects pedals and power supply pedal at the last minute.  I just scraped through, but it wasn't a very good performance.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice more regularly, use an acoustic more often, listen carefully to lots of different types of music, and be less reliant on effects when playing electric.
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  • Open_GOpen_G Frets: 3


    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    It was an encore e83 bass. A precision copy that was head heavy, after 6 months all of the tuning pegs rattled, the tone and volume knobs fell off. I still loved it. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Gibson Les Paul- it’s the most expensive single thing outside of a car I’ve ever owned. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Probably my Taylor acoustic. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I’m set. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixir

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Just for there to be more of them

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

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Lugging kit into the car

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Guitar falling off strap and landing on its headstock. 

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

    You’ll never be a virtuoso, just enjoy the journey. 
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  • KasalicKasalic Frets: 11
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Must have been around 1972 and it was a nylon strung acoustic from my Uncle.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Westone Spectrum DX, purchased new from Mann’s Music in 1987

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D’Addario 10 to 46.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Nothing good enough to be changed :)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Noodling away in a corner

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Having a drink

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Power got turned off as we were running late and refused to stop (I was only 17 and it was a punk band :))

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn some music theory.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A white Hondo L.P. after a couple of nylon string wrecks. It was a bit rubbish but looked the dog's to a 16 yo me.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My Vantage es copy made in Taiwan. I used to have a Japanese Vantage Ghost L.P. Junior decades ago. Wish I still had it.


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    A Vintage (brand) Tele. Bought on a whim for £100 s/h when I got my om21. The Martin is long gone but the V Tele is still a great guitar.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Godin Summit SG (semi gloss) l.p. junior lookalikee. Or a Tokai L.P.. Or a Gibson tribute junior.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'addario on my acoustics. 10s on the electrics.


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


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Panicking about the singer's monitor not working while he has a pint and a chat.


    8: ...And five minutes 
    Cursing the weight of bass and pa gear and my age! (While the singer has a pint and a chat).

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Getting on the stage sometimes. I did have an amp catch fire decades ago but we had a spare and it was more funny than tragic.


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Get some lessons although I guess it would have been a waste of money,

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

    Fender Bullet, from a guy at my school who had painted it silver. Circa 1998.

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

    My 1991 Fender Strat+

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

    The 1991 Fender Strat+ 

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

    I don't know.

    5: What strings do you use?

    Turbo Slinky (9.5 - 46)

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

    The performance!

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

    Holed up in the toilet. (Nerves)

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Buzzing

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

    Heckled by a hostile audience in an alien environment.

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

    Learning how to play music that you don't like doesn't mean that you will write music that you don't like.
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