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  • GuitarseGuitarse Frets: 161
    edited October 2013
    Ah. OK. Cheers Lix!

    Here goes then:

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Juan Eustruch (or something) nylon

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    I'd burn in the building cos I can't make my mind up on that one!

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    I have no idea, cos all mine are second hand, but probably the aforementioned nylon strung. Must be 35 now!

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Tokai Es 132 in baccy sunburst preferably.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario 9-46

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    NOT to have left my Dunlop Cry Baby on and not realised till well after the last take.


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Outside having a last fag or two


    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Outside having another fag


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Having to play 'Hey Jude' and the guitarist from the previous band came up to play with us. He'd obviously decided it was a volume and 'look at me' contest cos he turned his amp right up and stepped up to the front to demolish it with a solo all over the Laa laaas at the end. Twat! Glad I left that band.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Run before you can walk, by all means (I won't try and hold you back) BUT make sure you practice and understand the 'boring' stuff too. It's vital!

    Never ever bloody anything, ever!
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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 2006
    edited October 2013
    What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

    A Kawai Aquarius AQ555 in a light aqua blue colour. Christmas 1987.



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

    Probably my Charvel 375



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

    Shergold Meteor. 1976



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

    I'm really not sure, I've got too much stuff already if I'm honest.



    5: What strings do you use? 

    D'adario XL's



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

    Ummm. Not sure



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

    Warm up exercises. Tuning up.



    8: ...And five minutes after? Packing up gear.



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

    Passing out on live TV.



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

    Stop trying to play fast and get some proper lessons

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 21420
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Washburn A20v 
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Assuming Mrs Oct and the Dog are safe- none. They are guitars and can be replaced.I'd miss the Forshage Orion a lot though.
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1986 Kinman Blueprint Telecaster.
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Another 335.
    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario 9-46 & 10-46.
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Nothing- there are always going to be problems and errors but they make it human & you progress over time.
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Finding people and saying 'We're fucking on now- put her down'.
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Thanking people.
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Nothing major.
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    It is all going to be fine.

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  • dogloaddogload Frets: 1357
    I had this problem yesterday till I removed all the line spaces between the paragraphs. It was cut and paste from the thread into the comment box.
    Lixarto said:
    Guitarse said:
    Won't let me post, too many characters!
    You've written it in Word, haven't you?

    Site doesn't like it.

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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 1649
    edited October 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Yamaha F310 acoustic, still got it but the top's starting bellying a little so I've put it in retirement until I get it fixed. :(
     
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    The yamaha, it's easily the longest I've owned a single guitar, and I wouldn't want to lose it.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Yamaha (this is getting repetitive)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Either a PRS DGT, or a new amp.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'Addario 10-52's/11-56's depending on the guitar

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Play better/ in time

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Making sure everything's plugged in and set properly, and bricking it a bit.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Drinking whiskey

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Singer decided to change the structure of songs mid-way through, made it a little awkward seeing as we're not psychic

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Don't give up because it hurts, and get playing with other people as soon as you can - it pushes you to be a better player so much faster than anything else I've tried.
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  • skayskay Frets: 102

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

    My parents bought me a 3/4 size nylon string acoustic when I was about 11, but I didn't start learning to play it until I was almost 16 when my other mates also got acoustic guitars.

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


    I'd save my Rickenbacker 330. It was the first 'proper' guitar I bought and even now, 18 years later, I still get childishly excited when I look at it :-D


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


    My 1949/50 Gibson J45 acoustic guitar. It had a respray to cherry sunburst and changed tuners when I bought it, but I didn't mind as I wouldn't of been able to afford it otherwise!!


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


    I just need 1 more guitar...


    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?


    I'd lower all the other guitars in the mix, except mine  :))


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


    Tuning up for the 10th time and trying not to play anything.


    8: ...And five minutes after? 


    I'd be easily all packed away by then, so usually relaxing while sipping a beer watching the others slowly pack away.


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


    Nothing serious or embarrassing, but we did hire a smoke machine for a gig that was a bit big for the venue, so the whole band were obscured in a massive cloud for most of the entire set :-)


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


    "Stop trying to be John Lennon and learn some lead guitar as well, it's gonna take ages to catch up!"

    With so many comparison web sites out there, how do I choose the best one?

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


    A no name LP copy about 6 years ago

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


    My Schecter Ultracure


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


    My Schecter Ultracure


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


    Nothing as I dont play much now so couldnt justify the cost


    5: What strings do you use?


    D'Addario 10-46 on my Ultracure and jooky strat.  26-95 SS Flats on my Squire Bass VI


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


    Never recorded guitar.


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


    Never been on stage


    8: ...And five minutes after? 


    See Q7


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


    see Q7


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


    Dont bother your rubbish and you'll all but stop playing about 5 years after you start (though not because your rubbish)



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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 1967
    edited October 2013
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? 
    A Tatra Classic nylon string in around 1969
     2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    It would have to be my homebuilt acoustic 6-string - I'd never get a piece of Walnut like that again for the back
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A Yairi Flamenco, signed by Mr K himself.  Bought in around 1971.  Now in the loft.
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A decent bloody router...also maybe some wood for the next build
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Electric & Acoustic - Elixir Nano 10-46 Electric/Acoustic respectively; Bass D'Addario Chromes
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd turn down our lead guitarist's mic.  He can play (well) or he can sing harmony (pretty well) but he can't do both at the same time :-)
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Checking everything's switched on 
    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Trying to get to the bar before last orders 
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Sitting doing a solo acoustic set, realised the mike boom was slowly dropping.  Slowly slid down on the chair until mic was resting on my guitar top, I was prostrate, still singing and picking.  Audience thought it was part of the act.
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    That thirty years gap before getting back on stage is thirty years too long and doing solo gigs when you're young is nowhere near as much fun as being in an old-gits'-band when you're almost past it.  
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  • ChrisMusicChrisMusic Frets: 1118
    With loads of new members I thought that it would be great to revive this thread.
    Personally speaking I find it fascinating reading.  Mine is on here some way back.

    Go on - tell us all...  you know you want to...     ;)

    (I recon this is a pretty good reason not to delete old threads too..)

    Just as a reminder -
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    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? 

    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? 

    5: What strings do you use? 

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

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

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    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?


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  • xSkarloeyxSkarloey Frets: 2938



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

    -A classical guitar my grandparents brought back with them from a holiday in Spain. 1985 or thereabouts. 

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

    -I'm already working out what interesting new gear I'm going to get with the insurance lolly. 

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

    - That spanish classical. 

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

    - A Les Paul of some description. 

    5: What strings do you use? 

    - For electrics I use Rotosound 9-42. For acoustics depending on the guitar I use 10's or 11's but I'm always changing brands. 

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

    - My guitar tone on virtually everything. 

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

    - Hoping I don't buger anything up. 


    8: ...And five minutes after?

    - Going over in my head all the things I've bugered up. 

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

    - I have a bad memory for lyrics, so there's quite a few cringeworthy moments. 

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

    - Learn to play right handed and never take advice from anyone who's never played a guitar. 

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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 15670

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

    An EKO 6 string acoustic, handed down from my sister when I was about 15. I've still got it. 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Ohh... that's tough. Err..... I'd probably stand there and burn to death whilst trying to decide between my ancient Jim Reed PRS-alike that I've done so much work on and is a lovely instrument or my PRS Soapbar SE1 that sounds gorgeous but I could replace it fairly easily. 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Probably the EKO acoustic. I have no idea when it was made - 60s or 70s probably. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A good looper pedal.

    5: What strings do you use?
    D'Addario XL120+ (9.5's)

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Never really done any serious stuff - a few demos for the band but if pushed, I'd say to be able to do it all in one take rather than spend ages cutting and pasting the errors out later !

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

    Actually, I get on stage as soon as I can.  I tend to adjust to the stage fright better if I'm already up there !  I spend the five (no, actually it's probably twenty !) minutes before we start repeatedly tuning up.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    After getting up on stage or after coming off ?  If it's the latter, packing away asap !

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Starting the intro to Plug-In Baby on the wrong string in a packed pub.  It was sublime.  Like Les Dawson had come back from the grave and had learned guitar.  Every single note was wrong, but I couldn't stop !  The rest of the band missed their cue as they simply couldn't work out what the fuck I was playing !

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice you twat.  You'll never be a good guitarist just by wanting to be.
    Trump: A narcissistic luminous orange ball bag and Rome burning in man form.
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  • RoxRox Frets: 2129

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

    A Satellite LP copy that someone had painted neon orange with leopard spots

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

    1989 Burny LP.  It's that one guitar that just feels so comfortable, and sounds so 'right'.  I'll never get another like it.

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

    1970's CMI Strat Copy.

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

    5: What strings do you use?

    Whatever is in the parts drawer... and whatever is on offer...

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Nothing.  And I don't mean that in an arrogant way; you learn from your mistakes, so having an audible record of them slams that right into focus.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Getting excited about how well it's all going to go.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Getting the nerves I should have got before the gig.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    The drummer was on speed, the guitarist was on weed and the bassist was thoroughly professional and kept it all together.  Meanwhile, I couldn't hear myself and ending up having no idea whether anything was in tune.  Knowing my voice, it probably wasn't.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Don't go to that guitar tutor.  He'll make you play Good King Wenclas and you'll get disillusioned and learn very badly on your own...
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2649
    Body is 13405 characters too long.
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • ChrisMusicChrisMusic Frets: 1118
    edited January 2014
    usedtobe said:  Body is 13405 characters too long.
    You need a post Xmas diet then m'boy...       ;)

    maybe a little help form @digitalscream or @monquixote will help?   I have had similar issues too...  edit: usually with copy & paste.

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2649
    Thanks! :)
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • ChrisMusicChrisMusic Frets: 1118
    No worries, the diet advice is free...   ;)

    For what it's worth, in another thread I think I got round this issue by selecting the whole of the "comment box" contents, copying it, (then deleting?) then pasting it back in in one go, then it worked OK IIRC.  Do save a draft first tho, just in case.

    But it is an issue which needs looking into IMHO, with either a fix - or guidance on how to avoid it.

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2649

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?A 2nd hand acoustic when I was at junior school, cos I fancied being a pop star, and thought it would be easy. It wasn't, and I gave up until I was 18.

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

    I'd like to save 3, ideally, all for their great sentimental value, but it would have to be the one my daughter bought me.

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

    I don't, strictly speaking, own it, but I have in my possession, my wife's old classical from when she was a school. It was 2nd hand, then. 50's, maybe..? One I own: '83 Westone Thunder 1a, or unknown model/age Cort.

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

    An old Ibanez Artist, Westone Prestige 250, or a Gibson SG. 

    5: What strings do you use?

    10's or 11's on electric - cheapest I can find. Roto or Martin 11's on acoustic - but have been known to use 12's.

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

    There was this instrumental minor key bluesy thing, I recored once. Took me ages, cos I'm not really a lead player. I would have backed it up.

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

    When I gigged I would be itching to get on with it.

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Buzzing.

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

    First ever gig. Fucked up just about every song in a (thankfully) short set, through nerves. Put me off playing live for a very long time, and off covers forever.

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

    Stretch yourself. You need way more than those 5 chords!

     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • Hi!

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Hohner acoustic from the Argos catalogue, xmas '95. I've rarely encountered a more uncomfortable guitar to play.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My Gretsch DuoJet, not because its worth the most but because its lovely in every conceivable way.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A copy of a Dan Armstrong plexi from probably the late 70s. It may be an Ibanez but its been modded and chopped about so much over the years it's hard to tell. It's got an awesome fast neck, a monster of a Super-Distortion and weighs a tonne. I love it.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Im always searching for the perfect dirt pedal (but I should really get a board to put them on)

    5: What strings do you use? 
    10s, usually rotosound

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'm a miserable sod who's never happy with anything I write or record so ... er... everything

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    gettign a pint and a water to have onstage or writing the setlist

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    If its gone well then cursing myself for not enjoying it more at the time, if its gone badly then cursing myself for all the mistakes

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Lost a straplock mid-song and had to finsih the set sat down, wouldnt have been so bad but I was also the singer.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice more you lazy turd! Also - dont listen to the cork-sniffers, trust your own ears.
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  • OK, I've got a couple of minutes to kill, so here's mine you nosey lot ;)

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

    I had a ukulele when I was very young, but then I was mostly a woodwind player and didn't own a guitar until I was at university - it was a beaten up unknown make Les Paul copy I got for £20 in 1987.  It was my only guitar for about ten years.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Probably a 1980s Hondo HL5.  It's an excellent guitar, although not being valuable, and would be the most difficult to replace.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    That Hondo HL5 - probably mid-80s. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Probably an amp (I fancy an Orange of some sort) or possibly a pedal board (make or buy).

    5: What strings do you use?
    Ernie Ball Slinky 10 on electrics, d'Addario phosphor bronze things on acoustics at the mo I think.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I cringe at anything I've sung on - hate the sound of my own voice (and I'm not a good singer)
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Being soundman for the band before us. Or worrying about how drunk the rest of the band are.
    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Being soundman for the band after us! - or packing up, depending on where we are on the bill.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Got a shock off a dodgy power socket in a pub once - luckily not a bad one, but scared me enough that I always carry a socket checker in my kit bag now.  Apart from that we always have a good time - we don't take ourselves too seriously.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Start earlier and have some lessons.  All my formal music lessons were on clarinet, so although I know the theory my guitar playing is self-taught from just playing around and probably full of terrible technique.  I blag it reasonably well, but I doubt I'll ever get much "better" technically and I sometimes wish I'd learnt "properly".
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  • Hi!

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Hohner acoustic from the Argos catalogue, xmas '95. I've rarely encountered a more uncomfortable guitar to play.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My Gretsch DuoJet, not because its worth the most but because its lovely in every conceivable way.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    A copy of a Dan Armstrong plexi from probably the late 70s. It may be an Ibanez but its been modded and chopped about so much over the years it's hard to tell. It's got an awesome fast neck, a monster of a Super-Distortion and weighs a tonne. I love it.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Im always searching for the perfect dirt pedal (but I should really get a board to put them on)

    5: What strings do you use? 
    10s, usually rotosound

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'm a miserable sod who's never happy with anything I write or record so ... er... everything

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    gettign a pint and a water to have onstage or writing the setlist

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    If its gone well then cursing myself for not enjoying it more at the time, if its gone badly then cursing myself for all the mistakes

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Lost a straplock mid-song and had to finsih the set sat down, wouldnt have been so bad but I was also the singer.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice more you lazy turd! Also - dont listen to the cork-sniffers, trust your own ears.
    Ayup. Any chance of a photo of the dan armstrong copy? Sounds brilliant
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Rockster Ibanez copy (complete with Ibby shaped head and tick) in late 1995.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    Gawd knows, there are too many.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36/TriAmp II and a PRS 513, maybe a Taylor GS Mini fitted with an LR Baggs Anthem SL.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (PRS), EB Super Slinky (Strat).

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Complete re-record.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Checking guitars are in tune.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Sweating.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Gig in a skittle alley mid December a few years ago, very cold outside, very warm inside, lots of condensation inside. I wanders back to my amp to fiddle with my knobs (I say...), on my way back to my mic, I skid on the skittle alley and end up flat on my back, guitar still in hand, and back up guitar on its way down too. I managed to catch both but ended up with paint off both guitars.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice a sh!t load more than you do...


    My band - Crimson on Silver  For sale - Blackstar HT-5S

    Gear - Guitars, amps, effects and shizz. Edited for Phil_aka_Pip, who is allergic to big long lists.

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  • LukeageLukeage Frets: 33
    edited January 2014
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    My first electric was a Cruiser by Crafter Strat copy in a nice ‘burst. I got that I think Christmas 2003 so I would’ve been like 10/11? My first acoustic I got when I was probably 4 or 5. It was full-size, given to us by a family friend. I remember the inside of the guitar - the label said “Hot Spot”. Can’t trace that back any way so far. I don’t have either of these guitars anymore. 

    2: The building’s burning down - what one guitar do you save?
    Such a mean question - probably my Cort MR710F acoustic (I would miss it! They only get better with age!) 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar you own?
    An Epiphone Les Paul Studio that I got in 2004 I believe. 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I would love to own a 59 Les Paul VOS (in the guitar dept), a Marshall TSL head + 1x12” cab would be great, and I wouldn’t mind having a bigger board with a few more things to muck around with (wah pedal, volume, some boosts, change my OD/Dist pedals…) 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D’Addario - on both acoustic and electric. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    There’s one snare hit I never managed to stop from peaking on a recording of a cover of a Jack Johnson song and it still upsets me 5 years later.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Probably thinking “well I stuffed up that sound check didn’t I?!" 

    8: …And five minutes after? 
    Thinking I want food and coffee among other things.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Dropped the guitar. Yep. 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice like they told you, you idiot, and dammit - do some more research!
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  • dampoldmandampoldman Frets: 44
    edited January 2014

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

    Squier affinity telecaster

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

    Only own one due to relentless trading/swapping, so that one. A PRS SE Bernie Marsden. Beauty, she is.

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

    See previous answer.


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

    Realistically, either an Orange TH30 (again) or a TC Nova System. Ideally, a Mesa Mark V and a proper Gold Top LP.

     

    5: What strings do you use?

    11s


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

    Guitar sound on our last EP. Got a bit giddy at having loads of amps to try out at the studio and used a sound which I'm not particularly keen on. Was good fun, mind. Routed the pre-amp section of my Dark Terror through the (KT88) output section of a Hiwatt...


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

    Stretching my fingers and trying to enjoy the nerves!


    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Buzzing


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

    Jelly arm! - We do (or did) a lot of gallopy/thrash picking and, having not warmed up properly, my picking arm turned to jelly at one particular gig which meant many a wobbly riff...


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

    SLOW THE F*&K DOWN WHEN YOU'RE PRACTISING!!

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  • Fun thread :-)

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

    Hondo 11 acoustic. 1981.

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

    My white telecaster.

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

    Hondo 11 acoustic. Now with artwork on the top and set up as a lap steel.


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

    Les Paul Gold Top 1965 (would settle for reissue ;-) )

     

    5: What strings do you use?

    Rotosound roto yellows on electrics, Newtone Master class 12's on acoustic.


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

    Nothing. Recording captures the band at the moment. Songs evlove and change. Rather than go back and change something on the recording, I'd rather the band re-recorded the whole song.


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

    Waiting to go onstage.


    8: ...And five minutes after?

    Ordering a pint of Guiness.


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

    I was in a prog cover band and playing the first chord of Brightness Falls (Sylvian, Fripp) I realised the guitar was horribly out of tune. Had to stop, apologise, tune up and restart. 


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

    Don't compare yourself to other guitarists.

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  • OssyrocksOssyrocks Frets: 966

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

    Yamaha FG345 acoustic, 1983 (still got it)

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

    My Ltd Ed Custom Shop Relic '60 Strat

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

    1967 Gibson ES335

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

    Boogie MKIII

    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?

    Take your time and be happy with your takes and ignore the singer insisting that it's time do his vocals, "You done a good take, leave it at that"

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

    Having a rollup outside.

    8: ...And five minutes after?

    See above

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

    I was electrocuted by my vintage Vox AC15

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

    Play more, life passes in the blink of an eye.

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2649
    edited January 2014
    @ No. 9 - Crikey!
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 11567
    Turns out I've never answered these, so here goes..! 

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? 
    Squier Standard Stratocaster, Christmas 2000. Still have it, and after 4 necks, 4 pickguards, 3 bridges, 5 sets of pickups etc etc it's still in regular use :) 

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Tough one. I have 4 that are irreplacable, but I guess I'd pick my custom Cabronita or Gibson CS-336 

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Either that first 2000 Strat or my 2000 SG, whichever was made first! 

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Hoping to get something special for my 30th this year. Candidates to try are R7, ES-390, DGT, Firebird, Hummingbird, D28, 000. With any luck I'll find a nice big guitar shop and go home with whichever speaks to me. 

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixirs all round. 9s and 10s on electric, 12s on acoustic. 

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Boxy tone on most of my recordings from my old originals band. Just mixing an extra room mic would've fixed it. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Tuning, quick drink, checking my setlist capo/key notes are all correct! 

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Getting guitars safely away from drunk punters... 

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Not that bad, but very odd. Gig in a pub in Erith, Kent (where Eastenders violence meets the real world..!). I'm mid-song with the band, squeezed in a small corner, when a chap squeezes past between me and the speaker stack to get to a hook to hang his coat, about 18 inches from my right arm. He then spends the next hour as if I have done something wrong, then proceeds to repeat the same procedure to get his coat, before going outside and starting a fight. I don't think he was all there...! 

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Trust your instincts. Strats are actually ok. Don't sell that SG. Or that Jazzmaster.
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  • LixartoLixarto Frets: 1613
    ossyrocks said:
    I was electrocuted by my vintage Vox AC15
    You weren't.
    "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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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 258

    Might as well join in, even though most know me, to kill some time :)

     

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

    Encore 3/4 size "nylon" strung guitar from Argos :)


    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    The 40th Anniversary Strat ... my first "proper" guitar

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    The Encore ... still got it :)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Should be getting a DBZ Bolero EX

    5: What strings do you use?
    Elixir 11s on all electrics.  Various makes of 13s on the Lowden.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    The solos ... on all of them ... never, EVER happy regardless of how well they turn out :)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Having a wank .... no, wait, that's not right :)  Usually tuning up, again ...

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Having a wank .... no, wait, that's still not right :)  Usually still packing up ...

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    I fell off the fucking thing ...

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    If you learn modes now, while you're brain is pliable, it'll be a lot less fucking painful.  Oh ... and start on Telecasters EARLIER, they are much better than you think.

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  • bertiebertie Frets: 1596
    Bezzer said:


    10: What advice would you give your younger self 

    dont stand so close to boxer pups for too long


    :D :D :D
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