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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Peavy Predator I think, 3 a side headstock and strat style bridge and pickups. Quite a nice little guitar actually. My dad surprised me with it 10 years ago.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My bastard tele and my acoustic. Though I'd run back to get my SG if I could.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    No oldies any more, probably my 04 mexican tele.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Got a Mexican strat on the way, though I'm planning a purge and treating myself to a RI Coronado.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'addario 11s on everything. Acoustic is strung with Elixer 12s. Been on it for about 3 years now...

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    More time spent on the vocals of my last recording, had the flu and knocked them out in two takes. I'm not hugely proud of my voice on there.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Pooing. I get nervous shits. Other than that drinking lots of water and taking the piss out of the bassist/warming up my voice.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Usually found outside trying to cool down. I've never finished a gig not being hot and sweaty

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Nothing bad playing wise luckily enough. There's nothing worse than playing your little heart out to an audience comprised of the other band, sound guy and your mate Joe.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn more theory, practice loads, don't be afraid to sing and play- it's not that bad, learn what those squiggly things on lined paper mean and learn how to play the drums properly.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 5786
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheap Satellite thing (vaguely strat-shaped but with two pickups, slide switches that I kept knocking to the off position and an agricultural tremolo) from a second hand shop in Shotton about 1982. £25. Stopped off at my auntie's house in Mold on the way home and she gave me her old copy of Bert Weedon's Play in a Day. Good start.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    None of them are fantastic, so as long as I got one or two.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1994 Fender Jazz Bass.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I've had a hankering for a Les Paul for a while, but I'm on an Epiphone budget for a while.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Currently D'Addarios - liked them on acoustics so I tried them on electric as well. Maybe time to try something different now. 

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

    We released a cassette once that turned out insipid and middle of the road, whereas live we were a bit rawer and livelier. We should have aimed for a live sound and not be overproduced.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go on stage? 
    Getting nervous.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Feeling relieved and buzzing... but it's been a while!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you on stage? 
    I was in a school play, in a small crowd scene playing a peasant working in a field. We'd made props (scythes) in woodwork and we were supposed to be scything away as the curtain opened at the start of the scene. So, there we were, toiling away behind closed curtains for what seemed like ages... I leant on my scrap wood and hardboard scythe and turned to my friend and said "jeez, are these curtains going to open or what?" By the time I realised what I'd done the curtains had opened and the lights were up, and several hundred parents were laughing at this one workshy peasant. Last time I agreed to be in a school play.

    Luckily, nothing as bad ever happened in a band context!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Keep at it, there's so much to learn and so much enjoyment to be had. Oh yeah, when you're 44 you'll make a record and it'll get played on Radio 1!
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 1109
    edited August 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    Fender Gemini II acoustic, bought in 1994.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My Collings D1A. I could just about do all my current gigs with just that guitar if i had to,

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1933 National Style O

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    At the moment I'm trying to shed, not acquire. Probably a LR Baggs Venue DI.

    5: What strings do you use?
    For my Collings and Martin, the new(ish) Martin Tony Rice signature strings. They're made of Monel (a kind of nickel) and are an interesting gauge that I really like...still .013-.056 but slightly lighter in the middle than normal. All the other acoustics and resow have bog standard Martin 80/20 Mediums on. Electrics...dunno. Haven't used one in anger for so long I've forgotten.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I'd change the excessive white boy blues growling on some of the tracks on my first CD. I find it embarrassing now.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Finalising (or sometimes starting) the set list

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Depending on where the gig is, either having a drink or dashing for the last train home.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Touch wood nothing outrageous. I guess as an acoustic player your whole night is at the mercy of the sound guys so I'd say just terrible sound is the worst thing that's happened.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    "In 14 years time you're going to want to play bluegrass. Start working on it now.

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  • GrumpyrockerGrumpyrocker Frets: 1518
    edited August 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? 
    Just turned 17 so late 1989/early 1990. It was an Epiphone 435i. I wanted to play guitar because two friends I'd met at sixth form played guitar and I wanted to be in the clique. I bought the guitar from a neighbours Kays catalogue. But the one I chose was cheaper and nastier than what I ended up with. They sent a bass by mistake.When they finally sent me a six string it was the Epiphone 435i Superstrat - not great, but much better than the one I'd ordered. Someone had cocked up again, but I didn't say anything this time. 

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

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    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Well sort of the Epiphone 435i. It got completely worn out - being played for 20 years. Eventually it fell apart. But I still have the neck on a Crapcaster I made. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'm very tempted by the BlackStar ID series and was thinking of getting an ID:60 Head. But I'm using the money instead to get an Xbox One. In the meantime I think I'll get one of those new BlackStar LT Dual dirt pedals if they are any good. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Always used Ernie Ball, just because during my one and only guitar lesson age 17 one of my best mates said I should. I tried Elixers in the last few years and didn't quite get on with them. Recently tried D'Addario and think they are fab so am sticking with them. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    That I'd backed up the tracks. I recorded some demos ten years ago that are rough as hell. But I like them. They are for me. But I only have terrible MP3 versions now, no originals. I really wish I had the originals so I could clean them up a bit. I've never re-recorded those songs I wrote because even though I'd do a million times better job of it now, they wouldn't have the spark I loved. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Usually sweating a lot and worrying my guitar won't stay in tune. 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Grinning like an idiot. 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    I was helping a Christian group out at uni at some big event and they had me playing electric, acoustic and bass. At this event it had been going pretty well, despite the stress of the role they'd given me as three different guitarists. But halfway through I started one song and had no sound from my amp. Took me a verse and a chorus to work out which cable wasn't in the right place. I must have looked a complete tool. Every time I see Derek Smalls strugging to get out of the pod I think of that moment. Later one of the guys told me he could see I had the wrong guitar still plugged in and was trying to signal, but I didn't notice. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Forget about the Shadows and your daft ideas about rhythm and lead. In Maiden Dave and Adrian both play lead. There's not some exam where you're told you've got good enough at chords and rhythm and are now allowed to play lead. Play rhythm and lead now. Oh and don't be so shy, they really do fancy you because you play guitar, you turn down some dead certs you twit.

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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3692
    edited August 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Crappy classical that I put electric strings on and broke it in 2! Shortly after, a Satellite cheese grater electric w/ plastic Sound City amp. Both circa '82.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Head says the JS1000, heart says the heavily self modded '91 Squier Strat.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The above Korean Squier Strat, it replaced a thru-neck of unknown origin with dual humbuckers that got stolen in a burglary. I'd fitted a Fred within weeks and continue to mod it to this day. Funnily enough, the last mod was to return it to SSS status.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A better DAW. My old version of Sonar is fast approaching obsolescence! That, or a decent bass amp.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs 9-42, not much choice as I'm allergic to nickel and they're cheaper than Maxima Gold's. Stainless and Chrome just don't sound the same.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Picked a longer section to solo in on a track I produced as a thank you for a friend. But there was already about 15 people on it, and once I'd fitted everyone else in I ran out of time and just played on the 10 second slot that wasn't filled. Saying that, I do still like what I did on that track, so other than re-record everything I've ever done but better, nothing.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Not gigged regularly for 20 years, and very sporadically since, but usually having a beer or 3.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Having another beer or 3.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Completely forgetting how to play something I've played hundreds of times before and trying to wing it, badly.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    If you feel a bad day coming on in your late 30's, put the guitar down and watch TV instead, tendonitis isn't worth it!
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  • bigjonbigjon Frets: 666
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Eko Ranger 6. First electric was an 'Axe' already mentioned (mine was lighter in weight, though). Only got rid of it last year under the "one in, one out" rule, to make way for a guitar synth

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Patrick Eggle New York Standard.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Three-way tie between Patrick Eggle Berlin Pro, Patrick Eggle New York Standard, and Fender Mex Strat, all from 1993.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Possibly a Roland electronic drum kit

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball, 9-42 on most, 10-52 on the strat and the acoustic(!). Flatwounds on the archtop.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Mixed an album on inch-wide tape in 1999 but mastered to a new-fangled DAT machine: it added loads of unwanted compression.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Looking for the bassist and drummer to say "finish your cigarettes, we're on in five minutes"

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Making polite conversation with the drunkest member of the audience who has come up to slur "That was ****ing great, man"

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Was playing at a Christian convention, couldn't get my guitar in tune, the big screen video monitors / live TV feed kept doing extreme close-ups of me wincing and desperately adjusting tuning pegs

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Get a metronome, practise at slowest speed on the dial, next day notch it up to the next speed . . .
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  • MattGMattG Frets: 168
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Well my dad lent me his Yamaha telecaster thing for about 10 months while saved up all my pocket money and bought myself my first guitar with 10 months of savings and birthday and christmas money so my first guitar i guess would be a Gibson GG Special :D

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1996 MIM Fender Tele

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Dr.Z Maz38

    5: What strings do you use?
    Elixir coated  .010

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    still setting up...
    and beer drinking lots of beer

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    MORE BEER!

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Whole set completely fell apart, didnt finish half our songs just cpmpletely sucked! xD

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Learn some damn theory!!!!!
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  • 4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A better DAW. My old version of Sonar is fast approaching obsolescence! That, or a decent bass amp.

    Get Reaper. It's cheap as chips and has functions many of the very expensive DAWs lack. You'll still have money for a bass amp too.

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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3692
    edited August 2013

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A better DAW. My old version of Sonar is fast approaching obsolescence! That, or a decent bass amp.

    Get Reaper. It's cheap as chips and has functions many of the very expensive DAWs lack. You'll still have money for a bass amp too.
    @Grumpyrocker No stave editor is a deal-breaker with Reaper for me, and the external editors you can use and import is way too much hassle. New version of Sonar methinks.
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  • Ah you are a proper musician then, not just a guitarist pleb like me. :)

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  • benecolbenecol Frets: 285
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Marlin Sidewinder strat copy. I bought it from a friend in 1989 when I was 14.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    I don't set that great store on old guitars (although I've played some lovely ones) - I prefer shiny new things (or at least, my budget does). So: my Jazzmaster - a 2002 AVRI in surf green.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Princeton Reverb reissue - may be picking one up next week.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario EXL116 11-52s on everything.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Not have lost all the C90s with those recordings on.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Not massively applicable, but puking with nerves, mainly.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Puking with relief.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Getting an electric shock trying to fix a Twin copy that was enough to belt me through the curtain at the back of the stage and into the stored pantomime furniture.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn more scales than just the pentatonic or it'll get stuck in your fingers (it has).
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3511
    edited August 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    Mid 1970s.  Cheap acoustic on which I learned a few chords and some exercised from a Bert Weedon instruction book that came with said guitar

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    None of them!  Guitars are only bits of (fancy) wood and wires.  Get my wife and myself out and let the gear take care of itself.

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

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Two pins for my straplocks

    5: What strings do you use?
    Elexirs on everything

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

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

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    N/A

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Years ago the mains socket was controlled by a coin operated slot switch, which switched off blowing all the fuses in our system.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Learn how to tune it properly and then learn power chords


    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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  • @lixarto, monquixote, jguitar. eric the weary, gusman2x and ICBM
    Thanks guys, appreciate it :)
    If you must have sex with a frog, wear a condom. If you want the frog to have fun, rib it.
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  • RaveRave Frets: 267


    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    1964 Hagstrom Futurama. Christmas gift from my parents Christmas 1990- aged 8.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Tough one as the guitars I have have been with me for such a long time. They're usually cased and I'm able to carry four hard cases at once (two in each hand) plus the Blade is kept in a gig back so I'd be able to to strap that on and run. Five guitars saved- RG550, Jem7BSB, Jem7VSBL, UV777PBK and Levinson Blade RH4 Classic.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1964 Hagstrom Futurama followed by an '85 Gibson Firebird VII.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I don't have an answer for this question!

    5: What strings do you use?
    Ernie Ball- various gauges.

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Worrying that I'm the only one in tune

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Stopping people from touching my gear.

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


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
     Learn to play drums.


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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Kay strat copy gifted to me by a friend when he wanted me to learn so we could start a band.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    I don't have anything mega expensive or irreplaceable but if I had time I'd grab my PRS SE singlecut.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Probably the Kay but as that's in my parents loft now I don't think it counts so then it would be my RG from early/mid 90s.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    The rest of the parts needed to complete my tele build.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Various brands depending on what's cheap.The PRS SE and Epi Wildkat get 10-52s and the strat and Ibby get 9s.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Never recorded anything more serious than a demo and I've no real clangers that I can remember.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Only done it the once so far and I was chatting to some workmates that turned up.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Mingling - it was mainly friends and family.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Nothing too bad - I was pretty embarrassed when I called a stop to a song before the intro was over because someone was seriously out of tune (it wasn't me!)

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Take it more seriously early on, play with others and get a teacher sooner because by the time you're in your 30s you'll wish you had the time you had in your teens to put the hours in.
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 2068
    edited September 2013
    DrBob said:
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice, you'll never have this much free time again
    frankus said:
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I'd record it.

    Wisdom awarded.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheap Satellite thing (vaguely strat-shaped but with two pickups, slide switches that I kept knocking to the off position and an agricultural tremolo) from a second hand shop in Shotton about 1982. £25. 
    Not the "Bargain Stores"? Used to get all my stuff there in the 70s. @thermionic

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  • JadedJaded Frets: 119
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Cimar Strat. Went to my first gig and the next day I was up in that loft hunting for it. I was... 16 or 17?

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Well if it's only the one it'll be my Sonic Blue Jaguar... but seeing as I have two hands the other would be my Cobain Jaguar.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    An Aria 1802t from the 70's. Not sure of the year but it's probably from the latter half of the 70's. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    The new EHX Hot Tubes re-issue or another Mustang.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'addario's. Currently .10.5's but I'll use .11's and .12's too.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Make sure I was more hands on with the mixing... might actually hear myself then.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Making sure I haven't forgotten anything and getting the rest of the band are ready.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Clearing up my stuff and getting a pint of water from the bar.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Urm... I guess turning on a Polychorus for a big ol noise jam and not hearing anything... I'd forgotten to turn it's power on. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get a job, save up a bit and buy yourself a vintage Jaguar now while they're still affordable! ...make sure it has block inlays while you're at it... and JOIN A DAMN BAND!
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  • GuitarMonkeyGuitarMonkey Frets: 1875
    edited September 2013
    Here we go then:

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Hofner Senator bass in 1973, bought so I could join the band in school. Paid £15 for it.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Les Paul Pre-historic reissue. It's simply the best Les Paul I've ever played. Other guitars get more use but this one is irreplaceable.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A 1962/3 Martin F-50

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Carr Mercury combo. I would then sell all my other amps. Honest.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario 10-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Find it. It's on 1/4" tape so playing it back might be a problem too.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    I don't gig these days

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    See above.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Go into a big solo with the volume off.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Learn to do it properly before you get too many bad habits.
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7623
    edited January 2014
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    2005-6 (at a guess) metallic silver Dean Baby ML, in late 2007 - I was twelve. Still got it, it's not a bad guitar. Doesn't get played much any more though.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I'd use two hands and grab my Gibson V (my first properly nice guitar) and my Jackson Soloist (the Green Bastard)... then go back in for my Jazzmaster and Tokai PRS copy.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    My Tokai PR100 PRS copy, it's from about 2000. I'd like some older stuff at some point through.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Strat - an MJT build. Then a Washburn Parallaxe 29-fret seven-string. Also a fair few pedals.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs without fail, usually 9-46. All other strings are shite by comparison.

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Trying to keep calm. Probably having a slash.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    After I go onstage? Playing the end of the first song.
    After I come off... dunno, depends. Often involves chatting to members of the audience.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Thankfully, nothing too disastrous (yet)... hopefully nothing much for a while.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Work on your bends and vibrato tirelessly, they're the most important thing once you've got the notes. Play more acoustic early on, it'll save you (me) a shitload of practice in the long run. And for fuck's sake learn some sod-buggering theory.
    - "I'm going to write a very stiff letter. A VERY stiff letter. On cardboard."
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? Squire Precision Bass....bought in 1988 or 89 2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? Fender 52 RI 3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? White Fender Strat MIM from 1992ish 4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Probably some kind of overdrive/distortion pedal 5: What strings do you use? Boomers for electric (12s); Martin for acoustic (13s) and I make my own sets up for my resonator 6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? Get someone who can play guitar better than me to redo all my guitar parts!!! 7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Setting everything up 8: ...And five minutes after? Putting everything away 9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? When the singer announced we were going to do a song I'd removed from the set list because I'd had a complete mental block about how to play it. She even announced I'd probably mess it up, which I promptly did, much to the amusement of the crowd 10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? If you practice for at least half an hour a day you'll be really good when you get to my age
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
     1970 Jedson Tele shaped thing, couldn't play, looked better than a tennis racquet when posing in front of the mirror
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    1989 Yamaha MSG standard customised with Lindy Fralins
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Early 1980s Yamaha SG500 heavily customised for slide - Bare Knuckle P90s
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'd really like to make proper use of what I've got [recently acquired a wonderful Yamaha TRB4 bass from NoisePolluter of this very forum]
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Picato 10s on the MSG 13s on theSG
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    No recordings survive - my gift to good taste...
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Hyperventilating

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Feeling happy and [hopefully] fighting off the hoards of adoring fans
     
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Drummer in totally different time zone...
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    If you care about what you do and try your best to sound like you are enjoying yourself [within reason] they will love you...well, what is not to love?

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  • paulkpaulk Frets: 315
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    The very first was an acoustic my Dad built. First electric was some no-name piece of crap that got trashed on stage when I got my second electric - a Grant LP copy. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    The tele built for me on my 50th by Sander at Guitarshop.com
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Mid 70's tele.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I have boner GAS for a Coronado.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'addario 11s on electrics. 12s on my acoustc.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    More attention to the drum sounds.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    In the far past - something naughty. Nowadays - final look at the setlist and a cuppa.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    COLD beer.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Bombscare so the venue needed evacuated - quickly.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't be afraid of playing with people better than you - it's a fantastic way to grow and learn.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    Horrible cheap Japanese thing called an Audition. Marine ply body and only one of the two pickups worked. Poorly balanced and buzzed all the time unless you were touching a metal part! It was sunburst but I sprayed it red. I bought it for £15 from a teacher at school in 1983/4 on the strict understanding that playing the guitar would make me more attractive to women. About a year later I bought a first edition MIJ Squier Tele from a guy who had played in Lene Lovich's band. I wish I still had that!! 

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

    J Mascis Jazzmaster. The best guitar Squier has made.

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

    1986 Epiphone Casino.

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

    Yamaha THR10 (if the wife lets me!)

    5: What strings do you use?

    Ernie Ball Cobalt

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

    I played bass on most of my recordings and would thus spend far more time sorting out the bass and drums sound and a lot less time listening to the guitarist doing 20+ takes!

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

    Haven't been on stage since 1998 but it was usually having a nervous emptying of the bladder.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    Beer!

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

    Someone turned on Eubank v Benn in the back room and half of the audience disappeared.

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

    Spend more time practicing the guitar and less time deciding what bit of kit you need.
    Link to my trading feedback
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  • PyromanPyroman Frets: 58
    Lixarto said:

    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?
      An Ibanez RG3EXFM2  I bought it in December of 2011.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
      My Schecter Solo Special

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
      The selfsame Ibby, or the 2011 MIA Strat.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
      A proper Valve amp- preferrably a Peavey Classic 30.

    5: What strings do you use?
      Whatever came on the guitar- they haven't needed a change yet!

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
      Not gigged yet, but, since I have terribe stage fright, likely shitting my pants!

    8: ...And five minutes after?
      Drinking a cold beer, and giggling like a schoolgirl, because I actually did it.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
      Played a REALLY sour note on my sax in 6th grade band during a school concert.  It was wayyy off time, and stuck out like a sore thumb.  Utterly mortifying.

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

      Spend more time practicing, and take a lesson or two! 


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  • BasherBasher Frets: 757
    edited October 2013

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Some terrible acoustic that my parents got me for Christmas. I found the box in the wardrobe and it was so small that I thought they'd got me an electric! Managed to hide my disappointment on the day as it was the best thing they could afford.


    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Hmm. My Mary Kaye blonde partscaster. Not the most valuable guitar I own but, being a one-off, the one that could not be replaced. The fact that it was finished/assembled by a friend makes it more special.


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A late 70s/early 80s Yamaha L25a acoustic.


    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Do monitor speakers count? If not, then another Casino - one that doesn't sound like it's got a wooly blanket over it. 


    5: What strings do you use? 
    d'Artagnan 10s - "all for one and one will snap". It's usually the top E. I've got about 5 new sets without top Es.

     
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    "Improve it" is probably too vague but could apply to any of them!


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Last went "onstage" (probably was more like "on filthy corner of very small pub floor") almost 30 years ago. Still had hair so was probably playing with it or chewing it, which was a nervous habit I had.


    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Quickly lugging our gear into the van so that the "proper" band could play.


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    The usual "starting solo a semitone flat" thing.


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Take up keyboards.

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  • dogloaddogload Frets: 1368
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I wanted to play bass, so was given a Satellite Strat-a-Mustang hybrid for Christmas, 1979. It was truly horrible and I never really learned to play till I bought a Hondo Les Paul two years later.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My 1982 Tokai Strat that I bought new in 1984. I've customised it over the years and though I go through periods of not playing it, but of all my guitars. it's the one that is mine.
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A 1966 Fender Electric XII
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'm not sure. Maybe a Squier Bass VI.
    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'addario XL 10s on most of 'em, GHS Boomer 12s on my Jags.
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Less flanger on some older stuff
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    It used to be setting up my gear coz I'd spent all the setup time sorting out the PA for the Fucking Singer (TM).
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Explaining that we'd been promised a fee, and no mention had been made of 'Sex On Fire' prior to playing...
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Pedalboard meltdown. Aaaaaaagh! Rapid re-deployment of cabling!
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Next time someone offers to swap your Hondo Les Paul for their old Epiphone Casino, in natural, in a case and including an optional Bigsby, ACCEPT THE OFFER!!!
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  • CatthanCatthan Frets: 199
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    '95-'96 squire strat

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    The SG special my mum got me when I was 17

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    strat mentioned in #1

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Some sort of plexi-sounding thing

    5: What strings do you use? 
    10s, roto yellows

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    I used to enjoy a cig with some drink; beer or coffee. Now it's strictly warming up somewhere quite.  

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Drinks are good but now I just prefer to fuck off to somewhere quite. Then drinks I guess.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Was so drunk that almost fell asleep during the encore song..

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    "You may or may not have skill, but it's certain that you have time; instead of trying to hit this posh & shallow chick who doesn't like you and your long hair, go home and practice some more. You 're wasting yourself and you'll regret it later + you're not having a great time here either. You're not as good as you think! Keep on working on licks and transcriptions, don't forget that that's what pushed you forward in the beginning. And always warm up"

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  • GuitarseGuitarse Frets: 161
    edited October 2013
    Won't let me post, too many characters!
    Never ever bloody anything, ever!
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  • LixartoLixarto Frets: 1613
    Guitarse said:
    Won't let me post, too many characters!
    You've written it in Word, haven't you?

    Site doesn't like it.
    "I can see you for what you are; an idiot barely in control of your own life. And smoking weed doesn't make you cool; it just makes you more of an idiot."
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