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  • Greetings one and all.  A little bit about me:

    I've just had my 63rd birthday so I've been playing for 50 years now.  To be more accurate, I started playing 50 years ago but plateau'd when I was about 18 and have had the last couple of decades pretty much off.  I'm planning to retire this year and have "get back to playing guitar" on my list, along with "learn to play the piano" (in order of priority, though I'd like to do both).

    My first guitar was an Audition from Woolworths (together with the same brand amp), which I followed with an Antoria SG to which I fitted DiMarzio dual-sound humbuckers and a phase switch.  I currently have a Westone Prestige 250, a 1976 US Strat (hardtail, maple neck), an Epiphone Elite SG (before they became "Elitist") and a PRS 245 SE.  Amp-wise I have a Spark 40 and still mourn the Marshall 2x12 combo I sold in around 1980.

    Following a hand operation a couple of years ago fingerpicking is no longer an option so I'm going to have to learn right-hand technique pretty much from scratch, which could be fun.  So far I haven't mastered holding a pick hard enough so I don't drop it whilst gently enough to let it flex a bit.

    To answer the standard questions:

    Q1:  Where did your username come from? The one I wanted to use was taken so I just made this one up

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? North Yorkshire

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? Play better than I did when I was 18

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? I do like my PRS but owning a Gibson Les Paul is on my bucket list

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Impossible question.  The live version of Free's "The Hunter" has a guitar solo that still sends shivers down my back so maybe go with that.

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  • YorkieYorkie Frets: 1525
    Welcome! I'm also in NY. Is that a PRS SE 245 Standard on your avatar thingy? Got that same guitar and it's amazing :-)
    Adopted northerner with Asperger syndrome. I sometimes struggle with empathy and sarcasm – please bear with me.   
    My trading feedback: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/210335/yorkie

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  • eddysixeddysix Frets: 0

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My name is eddy.. and I play a six string guitar :) so eddysix..

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    I'm in Beirut, Lebanon.  I was born in Greece, grew up in Belgium, studied in the US, and now I make wine for a living in this Mediterranean country.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Simply, improve my guitar playing skills.. Technically I'm relatively advanced but a bit weak on the music theory

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    My Parker Fly Classic (pre-refined)

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Almost Honest - megadeth

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  • austenlennonaustenlennon Frets: 2
    edited February 3
    Yo peeps.... I had been in the guitar world since I was 14. I came back from Canada, we immigrated, at 17, and my brother gave me his guitar. It was a 1961 Gibson ES-335... (today it is priceless but to me it was just a pretty guitar.) So I joined the bands and started getting interested. A guy at school heard about my guitar and came around several times to play it... it turned out this chubby boy of 15 was Gary Moore.... and we became friends before he vanished into fame. Anyway.... this is the depressing bit.

    I started playing a different guitar and when I went to get my Gibson, it was gone. My brother (I love him dearly) had sold it for £15 in the market. He also got an amplifier.... LOL.

    I have always been into the workings of guitars and now that I am semi retired I have a YouTube Channel that carries my name and Georgie Girl's name and I fix and repair stringed instruments for free. My clients donate to my favourite animal sanctuary. So, life is good. This year I am 74... 



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  • bertiebertie Frets: 13572
    Im Ed WInchester
    just because you don't, doesn't mean you can't
     just because you do, doesn't mean you should.
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  • 1. My username is the result of a drunken mispronunciation of a long gone beer brand that sounds a little bit like my first name and has stuck with me for nearly 3 decades now...
    2. I'm in the West Midlands in the UK, and no, I no longer have the accent!
    3. My main ambition to is to continue to enjoy learning my instrument and playing with others.  Honestly this is my therapy and the more I learn and jam and gig, the more I realise I don't know and therefore want to learn!
    4. Best bit of gear currently is my HSS Pro II Strat, the most versatile and playable guitar I've owned
    5. Best song...very mood dependent, but on balance, proabbly Since I've Been Loving You, Led Zeppelin.
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  • Hey, I'm a long time on-off guitar hobbyist. 

    1. Username is a bit of a random combo 

    2. I'm from South-East UK innit bruv

    3. Musical ambition is just to get on top of a DAW (probably Cakewalk 'cos it's free and has a nice reverb included), learn drum sequencing and maybe get some semblance of a song or two together. 

    4. Best bit of gear I want to say is a recently acquired Les Paul Studio, but honestly it's got to just be my computer setup. Spending years trying to get decent sounds at "bedroom volume" with low watt valve amps just never worked out practically for me. Got an iRig 2 bundled with Amplitube about six years ago and I've played way more in the time since than in the past 20 years combined. 

    5. Picking one song is impossible, but relating to sort of guitar music I like I'll pick Let it Happen by Jimmy Eat World.

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  • Hi,

    Long time lurker, just posted in the classifieds so finally introducing myself.

    I've been playing guitar for about 24 years and should probably be better than I am. Very much a rhythm guitarist, fret noodling has never been my thing despite Metallica being part of the reason for me learning guitar. More than happy to sit making 'silly' textural noises with my guitar and pedals these days.

    Now for the standard questions...

    Q1: Where did you username come from?
    It's my name, simple.
    Q2: Where in the world/country are you?
    I now live in Reading, Berkshire. But originally from Hastings.
    Q3: What's your main musical ambition?
    To one day actually learn a scale.
    Q4: Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?
    Currently my Epiphone Casino. It just feels right.
    Q5: Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?
    Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky by Manic Street Preachers. Worth re-tuning to open G for.
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  • Hey everyone, introducing myself after joining today. Been making music for 30 or so years. Here are my answers…

    Q1:  Back to the future was on the telly when I joined 

    Q2:  London 

    Q3:  Just continue having fun writing, recording and producing music with my friends

    Q4:  Tough one. Maybe the 1958 Strat  

    Q5: this is so hard. First one that comes to mind… October Grey by the Screaming Jets 

    Cheers!

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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 146
    Outatime said:
    Hey everyone, introducing myself after joining today. Been making music for 30 or so years. Here are my answers…

    Q1:  Back to the future was on the telly when I joined 

    Q2:  London 

    Q3:  Just continue having fun writing, recording and producing music with my friends

    Q4:  Tough one. Maybe the 1958 Strat  

    Q5: this is so hard. First one that comes to mind… October Grey by the Screaming Jets 

    Cheers!

    Quality username!
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  • Hello everyone, Rikk here!


    Q1:  Where did you username come from? 

    It comes from the pedal brand I own. Tone.electroniX.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Portugal

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Enjoy music and help to create something inspiring at the most of my abilities. 

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Shameless plug: the Animalizzer Fuzz. And my G&L S-500 tribute guitar.

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    Hell..... just one? that's a bit difficult. But here goes: The The - "This is the Day". Matt Johnson is God.


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  • Hi I'm Brad harking from rainy Manchester, UK. 

    I've been playing guitar and teaching music for the last 15 years with a slow move from the electric guitar styles to focussing on playing primarily acoustic blues guitar.

    My favourite guitar is my Fender American Standard paired with my Mesa Boogie MK4, although I'm interested in selling the Boogie. 

    Favourite song at the minute is Seven Pines by Daniel Bachman

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  • Hi

    Another long term visitor here finally signing up ..

    Q1 - The setting for the best film ever made ?

    Q2 -  Bucks

    Q3 - Stop fannying around on forums and spend more time practicing.

    Q4 - Charvel Style 2 tele

    Q5 - Hmm..   It probably changes every day but right now a bit of Two-Tone like  'Let's do rock steady' by the Bodysnatchers  
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  • Hi

    Bit of an old timer here from the UK. Playing for 50+ years and now exploring the world of ultra cheap guitars. Some of my good guitars have been gathering dust in the attic and so I was amazed to discover just how good entry level guitars have become. Hoping to do a review shortly on a Fazley, SX and Harley Benton.
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  • Hi, another long-time lurker and finally decided to join in the fun  B)

    Q1:  I recycled the username from another forum. Going round & round, I guess.

    Q2:  London

    Q3:  erm...?

    Q4:  TU-2 is easily the longest serving piece of kit I've ever had.

    Q5:  REM, Find the River

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  • Hi all,

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    First ish thing that sprang to mind, spank that plank, i think is a reasonably common term for playing the ol' geetah? Or is it?

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    England, West Sussex to be more precise.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to play Master of Puppets at full speed all the way through (Rhythm) haha. Really though, i'm not sure. Just to get a little better (Bedroom noodler) and play along to tunes that grab my ear

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Recently acquired a CS Strat (trans fiesta red, roasted maple neck) in a sale at Guitar Guitar, good god its stunning and I love it

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?


    No chance of whittling it down to one tune!

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  • DLMDLM Frets: 2513
    To be able to play Master of Puppets at full speed all the way through (Rhythm) haha. Really though, i'm not sure.
    Why "haha"? If you'd like to, that seems a perfectly reasonable and achievable target (assuming no underlying physical problem) in terms of technique and stamina development. \m/
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  • TwitchTwitch Frets: 0
    Twitch was given to me by a friend as I have tourettes syndrome. I'm a beginner and I can only play 2 songs but will be learning more as I progress.
    I have 2 sons and 2 dogs. I'm 49 and recently widowed. I'm in the UK somewhere.
    My goal is to Play the guitars I build like a pro.
    My best gear is my franestein build strat body, tele neck and  1980s Epiphone Humbuckers and Les Paul switch.
    Best track is Creep by Radiohead as it's the second song I've learnt to play. 
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  • Mark_HMark_H Frets: 0
    edited March 8
    Hi,

    Mark from Doncaster.  I’ve been playing guitar for 40 years - though you’d struggle to tell.  My ambition is to improve but enjoy the process.  I enjoy building kit amps and cobbling together the occasional partscaster.  Enjoy most of the classic rock stuff but also like different genres.

     
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  • doorsfan93doorsfan93 Frets: 0
    Hey all,

    Can't believe I've only just come across this site in my 30s! Great to be part of the community.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    I love the Doors, simple as! One of the most underrated bands of the 21st century for sure.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    I'm from the East Midlands, UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Eventually want to create my own home studio and record some solo albums. Maybe start a YouTube channel.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?

    Martin D-35 bought new in 2010

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?

    So difficult to choose,  but probably A Day in The Life by the Beatles

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