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  • ChoivertChoivert Frets: 5
    1. What was your first guitar?
    Franconia 000 copy, with horrible action.

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

    My D-18

    3. What's the oldest guitar you own?

    Above Franconia - maybe that will change soon.

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

    An old acoustic guitar - Small bodied Martin, Gibson or Kalamazoo 

    5. What strings do you use?

    Newtone Strings (Handwound in the UK with great service!)

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

    My first recording when I was a teen - should have learnt some scales...

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

    Nervous BM

    8. ... and five minutes after?

    Beer

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

    My GF at the time pushing someone for 'looking at me too long'    ... she was not the one. 

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

    Learn some scales....      should probably actually learn some scales now.
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 2360
    @Choivert Learn some arpeggios instead ;) (As well would be better, but, hey, baby steps!)
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  • GoFishGoFish Frets: 147
    1. What was your first guitar?
    No name nylon string from Argos (branded Hohner, but...)
    First electric was a Vantage something. It was not good.

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

      G&L Frankencaster for sentimental value, or my Melody Maker with the fat neck.

    3. What's the oldest guitar you own?

    Some 70s Japanese acoustics- probably a Terada 12 String.

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

    A proper small handwired amp with bias trem. Like a Reverbrocket or 5f11 Vibrolux or even just a vibrochamp.

    5. What strings do you use?

    Not found my brand yet. Its only been 30 years.

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

    Making it better, probably. Better performance, more like I wanted it to be,

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

    Been a very long time and unlikely ever to again. Smoking probably.

    8. ... and five minutes after?

    Probably drinking, defintely smoking.

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

    A shit gig when I started to insult the bored audience on the dead mic. Of course, mic was not dead. Gig was, though. That was a learning moment.

    10. What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Keep at it, its worth getting better.
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  • 1. What was your first guitar?
    Some non-branded classical guitar that I found in the loft.

    2. The building's burning down, what guitar do you save
    My 1980s Yamaha Acoustic

    3. What's the oldest guitar you own?
    Technically I own a 1930s parlour guitar, but it lives at my Dad's house

    4. And the next piece of gear you'd like to acquire?
    Something neon and shreddy

    5. What strings do you use?
    All sorts, but typically Ernie Balls on my electrics

    6. If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I wish I could find the first band demo that I recorded.

    7. What are you doing five minutes before you go on stage.
    Checking that I'm in tune & waiting for the massive adrenaline rush.

    8. ... and five minutes after?
    Riding on the adrenaline rush and gibbering like I've done a couple of lines.

    9. What's the worst thing that's happened to you on stage?
    Bumped on the head by a falling stage light.

    10. What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Just get out there and play.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Chinese Gibson SG copy that was purchased for 70€. My dad got it for me when I was twelve.

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

    My Tex Mex Strat!

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

    My '95 Tex Mex Stratocaster.

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

    I really would like to buy a PRS Custom 24 one day.

    5: What strings do you use?

    Ernie Ball 10 to 46. Sometimes 9 to 42 if I haven't played for a while.

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

    Probably everything!

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

    I wash my hands. I hate playing with dirty or sticky hands and this also became kind of a ritual over the years.

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Gather all my gear before it gets stolen.

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

    Forgetting a guitar part I had been playing forever.

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

    Spend less time learning how to solo and more time practising comping.


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  • stuarthrstuarthr Frets: 1
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An unbranded child's guitar I was given when I was 6. I still have it. It's unplayable but that didn't stop me learning on it.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Collings OM - best guitar I've ever played and the most versatile. Also the most expensive! 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    I have a Harmony parlour guitar from the 1930s.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'd like a decent US Strat, ideally the pink 1988 Strat Plus I stupidly sold in the 90s. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Varies, depends on the guitar - Savarez Argentines and Thimastik Flatwounds on my jazz guitars, Martin on my Collings, whatever's to hand on my electrics.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I would transfer them from tape to digital.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    I usually go for a short walk after set up.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Heading to the toilet.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Still probably my first gig, finding out that without decent monitors, you can't hear anything up on stage.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't sell that Strat! 
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  • TobyBTobyB Frets: 3
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A black acoustic, can’t remember what make or model,

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Rock n Roll Relics lightning 335
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1975 Gretsch Country Club

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Gretsch White Falcon ( i like hollow / semi hollow bodies )

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball 10’s

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Pint of San Miguel 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Pint of San  Miguel 
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Playing in front of literally no one
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Stop buggering about with that acoustic and buy an electric guitar
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  • MellishMellish Frets: 444
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    1: what was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An inexpensive Kay, bought at Woolworths. £30 I believe, and it was 1960. I was 15.

    2: 
    the building's on fire - what one guitar would you save?
    My 2021 Gibson  Dove. 

    3: what's the oldest guitar you have? 
    See 2.

    4: And the next piece of gear you're likely to acquire? 
    Not sure. 

    5: what strings do you use? 
    Martin MA-140, D'Addario EJ16, Elixir Nano. All 12 gauge. 

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

    7: what are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Wishing I was anywhere else. 

    8:... And five minutes after?
    Relieved that I got away with it. 

    9: what's the worst thing that ever happened to you onstage? 
    Amazingly only a dropped pick midway through a song. 

    10: what advice would you give your young self about playing the guitar? 
    Dont be so impatient. 



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  • MatybigfroMatybigfro Frets: 0

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

    Mnn I had a 3/4's acoustic in the 80's when I was about 4-6 years old I had a few lessons but nothing ever stuck

    I had another Acoustic around 96/7 not sure where it came from i think it was either a charity shop buy or gift, 

    I bought a Squire Strat off an classified in a local paper it came with a practice amp that had rock in the name and a Zoom 505 must have been around 98.

    First real guitar though was a Epiphone Les Paul Jnr, loved that guitar got in around 97/98 I think can't remember where made the mistake of smashing it up on stage and broke the neck, didn't realise it was a bolt on that I could have replaced and gave it away :(

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

    Luckily my basses are in the practice studio so it would be my Fender Mex Tele in blue

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

    probably my Autoria fretless bass, not sure how old it was, it was another gif

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

    Midi switcher

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Any roundwounds on the bass

    Any 10's or 11's on the guitars

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

    Making back some money

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

    Being antisocial and avoiding people

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Being antisocial and avoiding people

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

    My Guitar got knocked out of tune just before starting the gutiar intro to a track, I could only tell it was out of tune when the band kicked in and it all sounded horrendous

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

    Practice more you'll never have as much free time, listen to everything you can learn from it all. Don't skip the hard bits you can't play thats where you'll learn most


    Don't give that god Damn broken guitar away

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  • RkphilpotRkphilpot Frets: 26
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cruiser by Crafter - A strat copy.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    1988 - American Strat

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1988 - American Strat

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Thinline Telecaster with Ride Range Pickups

    5: What strings do you use?
    Hybrid Slinkys

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    My flloyd rose being slightly out of tune and my experience being too little to notice.

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

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Hugging and smiling

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Split my own lip on a microphone, bled everywhere.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Dont worry about being the best, just play what you enjoy. Keep it fun.
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