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  • 1coil1coil Frets: 1

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Yamaha FG-180 (Made in Taiwan, 1972,) for $60 from the sister of a girl I was dating in 1988. My first electric was a Gibson ES335 Studio Dot Neck 1987 in ebony; bought in 1991.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Baker B-1H. Once I sell that, my Gibson Midtown Standard Bass.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1972 Yamaha FG180 (Made in Taiwan). Next is my 2001 Gene Baker-original B-1H.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A microphone Heil PR40.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Bass guitar: GHS Precision Flats, D'addario Half-Rounds

    Upright: D'addario Helicores

    Electric: D'addario EXL140s (Nickel Wound, light top, Heavy bottom: 10-52).

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    They can always be better. Can always use more practice before performing.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Bathroom, being over 50...

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Either packing up or getting a beer depending on circumstance.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    I've been known to drop a beat here and there. Maybe play 5th -- or (worse) 3rd or (even worse) perfect 7th -- instead of the root on the 'one'. Just have to shrug it off and keep thumping.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Play more. Focus mightily on establishing repertoire.


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  • SCMIVSCMIV Frets: 14
    edited December 2015

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

    Got a Saehan Acoustic when I was 14. Couldn't even begin to play it right-handed, so restrung it for being a lefty. Action was hilarious - strings resting about half a mile from the fretboard. My fingers never forgave me for it.

    The Building's burning down - what one guitar do you save?

    Cut-and-shut strat; 90's korean body and american standard righty neck w/ maple board. Rio Grande and Seymours. It plays magnificently.

    What's the oldest guitar that you own?

    That one. I only seem to ever seem to have two functional guitars at any given time.

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

    I really need a 4x12 with decent speakers; and better valves for the Egnater I use in the house, and another strat, and...

    What strings do you use?

    D'Addario. I really like Rotosounds but the tone used to disappear from them after a week.

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

    The bit before the recording where I wasn't pressing enough on the point of 'it's worth spending more money just to get the drums done in a better (and bigger) room'.

    What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?

    Having a fag.

    ...And five minutes after?

    Having a fag.

    What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you onstage?

    It's a tie; having my amp get through both a soundcheck and a line-test okay, only to blow valves within twenty seconds of an opening number, and without spares (no other two-guitar bands on the bill), having to play through the PA. From early-days, standing two feet away from a Jazz Chorus while the tremolo oscilated away. In a small basement venue in the middle of summer - something to do with the stage levels, the heat and the oscilation meant I had to take periodic rests against my cabinet to stop myself from keeling over and fainting. Weirdly, I've never so much as broken a string on stage.

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

    Listen to more soul.


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

    My first guitar was an Aria strat copy. I was maybe 13 or so at the time. I still have it, although it's now a partscaster.

    The Building's burning down - what one guitar do you save?

    It's a tricky one, but I think probably my Nashville Tele.

    What's the oldest guitar that you own?

    1996 Robert Cray strat.

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

    Ooh... well, a Wampler Paisley Drive is on the list.

    What strings do you use?

    DR Tite-fit 9.5 gauge, Ernie Ball Super Slinkies (regulars on one guitar), and Earthwoods for acoustic. Sometimes use Elixir.

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

    I often seem to change my mind about the choice of guitar the following day..

    What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?

    I'm generally doing sound duties at gigs rather than being onstage.

    ...And five minutes after?

    But still everyone needs that 5 minutes to wind down before packing down.

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

    Practise plugged into an amp whenever possible! For a long time I used to practise and play unplugged, and it was quite different when I plugged in. Even now, I still find myself playing quite lightly with a loud amp.

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  • Greetings all, 

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Rockwood Bass, which had a neck warped like a banana.  It was a present for my 13th birthday in 1995

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Pena Vargas - Cedar & Padauk flamenco guitar

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1968 Gibson SG Junior

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    New electric guitar or amp?  Not sure! 

    5: What strings do you use? 

    Electric - D'Addario 11-19, Acoustic - John Pearse, D'addario, Ernie Ball, Nylon - La Bella, Luthiers


    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Used better microphones in a better acoustic space. 

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Visit the gents...

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Putting away the leads... Have a beer.  

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Not turn the amp on....

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Find what I enjoyed listening to and playing, opposed to what others were playing/listening.  Learn some scales as well! 

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  • nick_snick_s Frets: 137
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Oooh, a Yamaha RGX121 in purple, from Morlings in Lowestoft.  About 15 years ago.

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

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

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    TC Flashback Delay.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies and Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    To actually make some!

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Probably trying not to run away!

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Breathing a large sigh of relief, and grabbing a drink.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Thankfully, nothing major,  just a luke warm response to a joke.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice boy, practice!
    - Shine On You Crazy Diamond -
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    12 string Eko Ranger - 1976 - ex BCR

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1963 Eko P200

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Gassing for a Gretsch - should be here next week!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    varies

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    to find that it did not sound like something else

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    its been a long, long time

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

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

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    learn the pentatonic
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 162
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it? Harmony kind of like a Les Paul, but bolt on neck, no binding, plain black very rudimentary body profiling. £65 from second hand shop in Leeds, 1983. 2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? I love them all, but they are replaceable, so probably the most valuable one, a Gibson ES330. 3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 1989 Yamaha FG420. 4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Pre-CBS Fender Strat or Jag. 5: What strings do you use? Elixir on both acoustic and electric. 6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? That I'd learned how to record first. 7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? If it's a band gig I'm warming up my amp, tuning (again), waiting for everybody else to come back from the bog, and generally wishing we could crack on. If it's solo or duo acoustic, drinking heavily and wishing I'd practiced more. 8: ...And five minutes after? If it's a band gig I just chill and chat for a bit. If it's acoustic I'll be waiting for the shaking to subside. 9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Long story short, a cymbal stand fell over and the threaded bit on the end of it just caught the top of my Lowden. Thankfully the ding was only cosmetic, but it couldn't be repaired invisibly, and the guitar was perfect up to that point. 10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Relax. Relax. Relax.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Squier Affinity Stratocaster in 1999
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    2013 Jaydee Old Boy SG
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1960's EKO Ranger XII

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Laney Supergroup or Klipp
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Labella/Martin
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd have recorded my first band properly
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Smoking a Cigar, or warming up my hands
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Packing my equipment off the stage
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    A lead died and I had to do the whole gig with the amp alone, the drummer also twisted his ankle, the singer got concussion from the pub ceiling, and the bassist got Carpel Tunnel, probably a good thing the venue is closed down now!
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Work on your timing, play with others as often as possible
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  • lionel_le_flaneurlionel_le_flaneur Frets: 11
    edited January 2016

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    My first guitar was a black Sattelite stratocaster copy, bought in St. Albans in 1988.

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Yamaha APX acoustic.  

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Another Ibanez Universe!

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Daddario or Ernie Ball.

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Increasingly vibrating with a pint of Guinness.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Decreasingly vibrating, also with a pint of Guinness.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Being too shaky to play!

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Well done man!  You sound like YOU!  Now learn about modes too, they are great!
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  • frank1985frank1985 Frets: 521
    edited January 2016
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Shitty little Fender Squire - 2003
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My John Mayer Strat. I'd leave John Mayer burning in the building though. 
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    John Mayer Strat. 
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A baritone guitar would be good, something like the Squire VI. 
    5: What strings do you use? 
    For my les paul, 10s, for the strat, 11s.  
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd change everything about all my recordings.... they're all shit 
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Having a beer
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Another beer
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Threw up on my pedal board due to excessive alcohol consumption 
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Start with the basics. It's okay to build your songs from simple chord structures. 
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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?
     vox teardrop bass 197n....
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 

    my old slab board strat
     

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

    that strat and its sister
     

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

    a 1960s 335
     

    5: What strings do you use? 

    NYXL:  11 down on fenders and the 10 down red ones with heavy bottom when Im feeling weak :-) 
     

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

    avoided playing on it all - I don't like recording - I always think it could be better
     

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

    usually arsing about with the monitors, or trying to make something sound better..
     

    8: ...And five minutes after? 

    making certain the guitar is really cased..
     

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

    fell off a large stage at a large gig in the stop of a live take, the resulting recording features the drummer laughing in the mic mix... 
     

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

    start piano and really understand theory, learn every note on the fingerboard and its relationship with triads and octaves as soon as possible, practise scales and arpeggios more than trying to figure out exotic sounding guitar fx.. more fingers - less tech.. 

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  • DaiCappDaiCapp Frets: 135

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Fender acoustic in 1980

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1966 Mustang

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

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

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Mix on the first demo we did had a blip in volume on some of my guitar work - I'd iron that out

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    a smoke and a brew

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    a smoke and a brew

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    cracked a headstock on one of my strats

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    The space is as important as the notes
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  • scalino65scalino65 Frets: 232
    Hello
    New member here with my 10 answers!
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Kay acoustic bought from Bill Greenhalls in Exeter, probably cost a fiver. Must have been 1980
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    1999 Custom Shop strat
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1958 les paul junior.
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Collings 290
    5: What strings do you use? 
    ernie Ball summatorothers.
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    hahaha...other people on it!
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    trying not to be sick
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    massive regret at not being better
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    everyone leaving to go to teh bar
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    There is no secret to this stuff. buy a digital tuner
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An unplayable acoustic given to me by my aunt and uncle in 1969. I was very frustrated I couldn't play barre chords. I don't think I could play barre chords on that guitar now. The action was insane. Then I got a weird looking Orbit 3 electric a year later.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My HSS Fender Strat with S1 switching. Someone once asked me which guitar I'd want if I could have any guitar in the world and this is the one for me. I've never played a better more versatile guitar. The bridge humbucker and the S1 switching means I can get any sound I want from it.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    A Fender Strat Plus. The one with the gold lace sensor pickups. As someone once said to me, those noiseless pickups are all very well but it doesn't really sound like a Strat. I must change the pickups one day. I didn't hang on to my older guitars before this one.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Not sure. Probably some more Jazz 3 Ultex picks. The ones that look like fungal toenails.
    Also, I've reached that stage in life (i.e. old) where I feel the need for a Telecaster in my life.

    5: What strings do you use?
    009 Super Slinky on my Strats,
    010 Regular Slinky on my Les Paul and PRS.
    012 Martin SP on my acoustic
    Elixir Nanoweb on my 5 string bass

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Go back and fix slight timing/phrasing  errors. But I always think that.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Checking my tuning, probably for the 10th time. Not sure why because my Strat is pretty good at staying in tune.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Sitting down, if I can, to rest my back

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Playing the Larry Carlton solo to Kid Charlemagne, which I'd learned note for note. We had loads of deps in the band and the backing went wrong and I didn't know the changes well enough to improvise my way out of it. My blues/rock licks couldn't save me. Never again, If the chords are a bit tricky, I always make sure I can improvise over them, in the event something goes wrong.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Be more open minded about other styles. When I started, I only wanted to be like Paul Kossoff, but at least it did wonders for my vibrato :)

    Pete
    It's not a competition.
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2479

    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Epiphone Les Paul Special II in 2010. Bought as part of the "player pack".

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

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Epiphone Les Paul Special II :)

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    A Telecaster, probably a Squier.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    The skill of the performer :)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Haven't played on stage yet.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Haven't played on stage yet.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Haven't played on stage yet.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Like a pension, it is never too early to start!
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  • : What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Burns Steer Cutaway back in 08 I think, very unique looker!

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    That would have to be my Les Paul Sig T, maybe the price is a big factor in that :P

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    My Fender Jaguar HH - it's like an old friend by this point and I'll never get rid of it

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    A Tele most likely, I'm missing a good single coil guitar in my little collection

    5: What strings do you use?
    Various

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

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Never played live

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Never played live


    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Never played live


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Learn to go easy on the tone and volume controls

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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? An acoustic guitar that my mum bought me for my 13th birthday. 2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? My Epiphone Les Paul Custom. 3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? See no.2 4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? A Jackson or Charvel superstrat. 5: What strings do you use? Elixir 9's or 10's, depending on what guitar. 6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? Learning to use recording gear would be cool. 7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Wouldn't know, never gigged yet. 8: ...And five minutes after? See no.7 9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? See no 7 10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Get a teacher!!!
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    An old Satellite les paul bought 2nd hand for my 13th birthday in 1985. £50 from Poole's Corner in Hull.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Blue ridge BR-163 OOO rosewood acoustic.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    A 70s kimbara acoustic dreadnaught

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Either a heritage 535 or old guild starfire.

    5: What strings do you use?
    Electric d'addario xl 9 or 10s.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I would pay someone else to do it.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Trying to enjoy it chatting with friends.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Drinking

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Messed up a solo and it hexed me. Couldn't play properly for the next few songs.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Have lessons, practise more, play in any band you can and not worry about it being cool including school bands orchestras musicals. Everything makes you better.
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  • flatoutflatout Frets: 13
    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    A Sakura DN16 acoustic from Ivor Mairants bought for £45 in May 1982. Still got it, although it's pretty ropey. I do dig it out and play it once in a while though.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    That would be a traumatic decision to have to make, but I'd probably save the 63 reissue ES-335 that my wife bought for my 40th - it's a beautiful instrument, but also has that extra sentimental value
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    That same old acoustic, although I recently sold my oldest, which was a 72 Rickenbacker 4001
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I'm finding it very difficult to ignore Japanese double bound 63 telecasters in lake placid blue. I have three telecasters, so I can't really say I'm in need, but those things are gorgeous. 
    5: What strings do you use? 
    Recently converted to Elixirs on all the electrics - they're twice the price, but last four times as long.
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I just want to do more recording - and do a better job of it than I have in the past
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Being offensive to my band mates while they're being offensive to me. It's a major part of the fun of being in a band! 
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Packing up cables and putting away kit. Let's get on with it.
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Playing bass in a high speed soul band, I broke my A string. No replacement strings, no spare guitar, 14 songs still to do. I have never had to work so hard, and I've never gigged without a spare since!
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Practice more, and don't think you're deficient cos you're not Steve Vai. If I hadn't been obsessed about technical proficiency as a youngster I'd have been a lot braver. 
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I bought and early Silvertone, made by Danelectro, from a Fire Station boot sale when I was about 10 for $7.
    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    My Uncle gave me his first guitar, a '52 Gibson ES-125
    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    the '52 Gibson
    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    An archtop acoustic
    5: What strings do you use? 
    John Pearse on my Electrics, D'Addario on my Acoustics and mandolins
    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    spend more time on the original takes
    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Glass of water and hit the toilets
    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Talking to the audience and a pint
    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you on stage? 
    forgetting what key to play a solo
    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    If the crowd is entertained, you've done your job.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Jackson JDR-94, MIJ in 1994, probably bought in 1995 ish I guess.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    probably my Ibanez SZ4020FM - too hard to find another one.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1988 Ibanez 540S in Atlantic Blue

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    It could be anything...

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixir 9-42 on ibanez

    Elixir 9-46 or 10-46 on LEs pauls

    got some ernie balls, and also some Harley Benton coated strings (surprisingly good to £3 a pack)


    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I have no recordings.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    no gigging for me, but I'd probably be throwing up.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    no gigging for me, but I'd probably be having a cuppa, how very rock n roll.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    no gigging for me, but I'd probably forget the song


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Get some bloody lessons.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    First acoustic was a crappy nylon string one that my Dad brought back from Spain about two decades before I got hold of it – you can imagine what a player that was! First Electric was a Jim Deacon Strat that my Mum and Dad bought me for Christmas when I was 14, which I still have, okay so I’ve modded the shit out of it but it’s basically still the same wood (mostly).

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    My first Hugh Manson custom from 1991 – still my main guitar and very little even comes close in terms of sound.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1976 Fender Strat – made the same year as me

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    Oh man – only one, but there is so much! Synergy SYN-002 preamp, Friedman HBE and Egnater Armageddon modules is it – hopefully this year!

    5: What strings do you use?
    D’Addarrio XL 10-46’s in E, 11-50’s in D.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    Record with more amps and blend the suckers.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Shiting myself, tuning, trying to remember the first riff – if I can just get through that one everything else is alright from then on in!

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Wiping down the guitars, and packing before some scumbag steals something, while thinking about the drink I’m hoping to get in the next five minutes.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    Oh man, falling off the stage in Edinburgh, been hit with a pint of piss, upset a crowd of about 5,000 bikers in Anglesey, the list goes on – but at least they don’t forget me.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practise more you lazy bastard, honestly, oh yeah and do it to a bloody metronome! But even more than that get out there any play live at every opportunity.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Cheap nylon string acoustic, present from my cousin.

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


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    Gibson SG, '67 or '73, depending on who you believe.


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


    5: What strings do you use? 
    various Pyramid, Thomastik Flats, depending on the guitar.

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


    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    chatting to band mates


    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    chatting to band mates


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


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

    Do NOT listen to what any teachers say, Figure things out for yourself.

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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I've no idea what year.  1989/1990 (13/14) and it was something like a Lorenzo Songbird - a Gibson Hummingbird rip-off.  Strangely, I've not thought of that for decades (I've just turned 40 within the last week) and the name came to me in a flash.  Odd.  First electric was soon after: a Marlin Slammer in Hank Marvin red and white.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Not too fussed.  I'm insured - but, it would have to be the unique hand-painted Strat Plus 50th anniversary.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Strat from 1995/1996.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I played a mate's HSS metallic sunburst Strat Deluxe with noiseless pickups last night.  It was delightful and would steal it from him in a flash.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Gibson, Rotosounds, D'Addario, whatever.  I'm yet to be persuaded that any are so much distinctly better.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd sing this album in a key I'm more comfortable in (lower)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Pacing around.  Quick piss.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Pacing around.  Avoiding people because I find it hard to accept praise (which is, needless to say, effusive...ahem).

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Me.  In a strop.  Screaming.  Ugh.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Nothing.  I'm a decent player.  I enjoy it and I could and would never want to be a shred master.
    So far...so good..so what!?

    Trading feedback info here
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    First guitar was a cheap, nylon strung acoustic - around 1971.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?
    Although my favourite guitar is a self built David Gilmouresque Black Strat, I could rebuild that - so I'd save my Lowden O25.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own?
    1974 Framus 3/355 (strat copy) that I renovatd last year.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire?
    I have a carved body and neck on order from a proper luthier on which I'll add the finish, electrics and hardware. I can't wait to see what the top grade flame maple top looks like when it's finished.

    5: What strings do you use?
    9s or 10s - often D'add, often something else. To be honest I'm not sure I can tell the difference on an electric.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I'd be able to sing in tune.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage?
    Worrying about whether my fingers can remember what they're supposed to be doing.

    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Having a drink, and realizing that although I know I cocked up the start of a solo - no-one in the audience noticed.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
    I haven't spent enough time on stage for anything bad to have happened (yet).

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Practice - not obsessively, but do practice. Oh, and don't give up piano lessons just because your teacher is an old fart, you'll regret it in later life. (I do.)

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  • 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? It was a cheap acoustic bought at Thompsons Piano Store in Glasgow in 1972 £15.50. I paid it up from my paper round.


    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? I have 16 guitars so this is difficult. 2007 Martin Marquis OM28 Madagascar.


    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? Yamaha SG 2000 Deep Purple Edition 1981.


    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? Collings OM2H


    5: What strings do you use?
    For electric, Fender pure nickel. For acoustic Elixir Nanoweb.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be?
    I don't record.

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? Don't gig.


    8: ...And five minutes after?
    Large drink, I think. If I play in my local it will be drinking a pint.

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? Nothing bad


    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? Just enjoy it.


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    1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    I've no idea what year.  1989/1990 (13/14) and it was something like a Lorenzo Songbird - a Gibson Hummingbird rip-off.  Strangely, I've not thought of that for decades (I've just turned 40 within the last week) and the name came to me in a flash.  Odd.  First electric was soon after: a Marlin Slammer in Hank Marvin red and white.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Not too fussed.  I'm insured - but, it would have to be the unique hand-painted Strat Plus 50th anniversary.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    The Strat from 1995/1996.

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    I played a mate's HSS metallic sunburst Strat Deluxe with noiseless pickups last night.  It was delightful and would steal it from him in a flash.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Gibson, Rotosounds, D'Addario, whatever.  I'm yet to be persuaded that any are so much distinctly better.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    I'd sing this album in a key I'm more comfortable in (lower)

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Pacing around.  Quick piss.

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Pacing around.  Avoiding people because I find it hard to accept praise (which is, needless to say, effusive...ahem).

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Me.  In a strop.  Screaming.  Ugh.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar?
    Nothing.  I'm a decent player.  I enjoy it and I could and would never want to be a shred master.

    Wonderful playing and singing!
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Late 1960s Tempo electric purchased when I was about 10 years old in 1983.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?  
    The Yamaha SG-175 / SG-2000 1974 Prototype.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    1972 Yamaha SG-60T (but just sold off my 1950s Kay archtop).

    4: And the next piece of gear you’d like to acquire? 
    Another Kawai KS series or a Pearl Export Deluxe double cut.

    5: What strings do you use? 
    D'Addario XL-110s.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Sack the bass player on the last album.

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

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

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Amp was mic'ed but got uncontrollable feedback through the front of house.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Sell it & become an accountant.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    Hoffman, 1974.

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    Martin HD28.

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    '95 Washburn.

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Elixir, D'Dario or Martin - it varies on the axe I string.

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Emotion - too much. Dial it down a little.

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

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

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Playing 'Summertime': forgot the lyrics to 2nd verse.

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Believe in yourself.
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  • 1: What was your first guitar and when did you get it?
    No name plywood spanish style steel strung finger killer

    2: The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save? 
    1954 Kay Swingmaster Upright bass

    3: What’s the oldest guitar that you own? 
    as above... but its a bass.  Guitar.. 80's musician sabre bass.

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

    5: What strings do you use? 
    Roto's, D'addario's, Fender

    6: If you could change one thing about a recording of yours, what would it be? 
    Nah...Its a slice of time it always moves forward, never back

    7: What are you doing five minutes before you go onstage? 
    Winding the drummer up?

    8: ...And five minutes after? 
    Pack up, get home

    9: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? 
    Hells Angels starting a fight with the crowd (Followed by ensuing court case)

    10: What advice would you give your younger self about playing the guitar? 
    Its just dots on a piece of paper telling you when to press


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