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As seen in “Guitarist” magazine. We did this twice on MR,
but I thought it might be fun to do it again, seeing as we’re now over here,
and the questions have changed:
1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
1984 Squier SQ Telecaster. Bought on 22nd December 1988, the day after my friend asked for his Les Paul (which I’d been learning on for the last few months) back. It was £120 used.
2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
A new Telecaster.
5: What strings do you use?
For electric, Fender pure nickel. For acoustic, some Gibson things. Masterbuilt? Can’t be bothered looking in the box now.
6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
The vocal mix on “Next to Me”. Everything else on there is great.
7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
(Not gigged for a while) I smoked then, so smoking. Trying not to listen to the singer’s nerves.
8: ...And five minutes after?
Large drink, I think.
9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
The above-mentioned singer.
10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
These are normal chords!