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  • Hi all. Long time occasional visitor, finally joining in.

    Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    From a minor character in Miller's Crossing.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Powys, mid Wales.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play better, and to play more often with others (when this damned plague is over).

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

    My Tele.

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

    Today, it's Hey by the Pixies


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  • Hi Everyone, I'm James and just found my way to the forums here.


    Q1:  My username came from Stephen King's novel "IT" and is one of the names used to refer to Pennywise. Been using the name for years now!

    Q2:  I'm in Falkirk, Scotland.

    Q3:  Bit of an odd one this as I'm a cellist that would like to continue improving my skills, but I've always wanted to learn to play guitar too. Been skirting the guitar world for years but finally decided that I need to approach it with the same level of commitment that I do the cello. I'd really like to become comfortably proficient with the guitar. Right now, I know which way up to hold it ;)

    Q4:  Currently have only the one guitar, (though another is on the way!): a 1994 Korean Epiphone Riviera with full size humbuckers, in cherry red, which I adore.

    Q5:  Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones


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  • GRBaldwinGRBaldwin Frets: 12
    Q1:  Where did you username come from?
    Not that Imaginative, but I really liked SRV growing up so I like GRB and the rest of it is just the rest of my surname, haha.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?
     I'm based In Reading currently, but prior to that I was in Donegal and then before that I was in London.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?
    To get more fluent with my acoustic guitar playing, both fingerstyle and picking. In fact to become an incredible flat picker has always been my main goal but my technique is shocking. Carl Miner is an inspiration for that stuff. Incredible player.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?
    Probably my Custom Avalon A8-325c with Alpine Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood. It may not be my most expensive Avalon now, but it was my first custom made one with the whole visit to the factory and selecting tonewoods experience. It's a little older than the rest and has matured a bit and sounds beautiful.

     Q5:  Your #1 ever track?
    Tricky one, but I still love 'All Along The Watchtower' by Hendrix. Made me pick up the guitar in the first place, so that's good enough. There are so many though it's too hard to choose one.
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  • DamianMDamianM Frets: 5
    Q1:Where did you username come from? my parents........

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Lovely Dorset.

    Q3:What's your main musical ambition? Just to keep getting more musical.

    Q4:Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? ever- Santa Cruz 12-fret Dreadnought. Currently-Boucher 000-12

    Q5:Your #1 ever track? crikey.............. Tony Rice's version of Church Street Blues maybe?

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  • dsgbdsgb Frets: 4

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    “Doug Short Guitar Blog”, a Brian May oriented blog on Facebook, recently migrated to a website:

    https://www.facebook.com/DougShortGuitarBlog/

    https://dsgb.net/

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Scotland, United Kingdom

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Be able to play guitar competently by the time I retire.

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

    Guyton RS Transporter guitar.

    https://www.guytonrstransporter.com/the-rs-transporter

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

    Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd.

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  • TDubsTDubs Frets: 13
    Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    A derivation on my name and family joke

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    The big smoke (London)

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To keep on playing and producing music in the public domain even as I get older

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

    1962 Gibson ES330

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

    Today it would be Holocene by Bon Iver, tomorrow it would be something else completely contrasting 

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  • 1. It’s just my name - in northern (Cheshire style)
    2. Worcestershire
    3. Not as lofty as it once was. Just enjoy playing and enjoying the aesthetics of all things guitar
    4. Gibson 135 - ugly duckling but love it or brook tavy - had it for yonks and sounds better and better
    5. Can’t think by ziffslaw (never published)
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  • Lefty2021Lefty2021 Frets: 2
    edited January 19

    My surname is Wright hence Lefty

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  • KasalicKasalic Frets: 2
    edited January 19
    Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    Really stupid one this, but back in the early 80’s I needed a ‘handle’ and the only thing I could thing of was a new box of Rowntree chocolates called Kassalic. I dropped an ‘s’, can’t remember why.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Suffolk

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To keep playing, and possibly get back into a band and do some gigs

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

    In 1986 I purchased a Westone Spectrum DX from Mann’s Music in Colchester. Still have it and use it today.

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

    Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Last song of all our school disco’s, the knack was getting ‘friendly’ enough in the slow part to stay in hold once it sped up.

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  • Mex-Brit guy, currently living in Mexico. Guitar builder and Berklee grad. I own a guitar boutique where we offer new and lightly used master luthier instruments at prices that are actually affordable to many players. I do believe everyone deserves a nice professional instrument regardless the amount each is able to put out. As a player, I Occasionally offer instruments of my own collection when I am not giving them enough time of use. I love classic Brit rock, blues and jazz, as well as most world music. Feel free to write for any reason you may want. 
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  • pogulpogul Frets: 4
    edited February 13
    Hi!

    I'm very happy to have joined The Fretboard! I've been playing for many years, but haven't improved - is it Bill & Ted that finally realise that they ought to learn their instruments? That's me right now - back to basics, learning the fretboard etc. busy 45 year-old's life - so just five mins here and there, but finding 5 mins of effort is better than 1 hour of noodling about, for learning at least.

    I played a lot of gigs in my teenage years, but not on the guitar - I (badly) played electric mandolin, but always really wanted to play guitar. I compensated for lack of skills and guitar by playing through various effects - mainly distortion, delay, phaser, chorus and a Peavey Bandit 112 amp.

    Here are my answers to the 'big 5':

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It's just an old nickname from when I was a young person

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    East Sussex, UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    My ambition is fairly low - I want to have some understanding of what I'm actually playing on the guitar instead of just rehashing the same old chords and playing by ear. I also would love to play with some other humans when the Panny-D is over.

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

    My Fender Mexican Telecaster

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

    A Forest - The Cure. I love dreamy hypnotic songs like this.


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  • PetemaherPetemaher Frets: 1
    edited February 1

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? 

    Its my name

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Newcastle 

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Keep improving. Become a better player. 

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

    AVRI Strat

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

    Badge

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  • Long time lurker, finally setting up a profile...

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? 

    I've been listening to a lot of Tom Waits recently.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Renfrewshire, near Glasgow

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To have a good time every time I play guitar. 

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

    My Japanese Fender Mustang '69 reissue in sonic blue. It's grungetastic, and the most fun guitar I've ever played.

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

    Today it's Say it Ain't So by Weezer. It'll change by tomorrow.

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  • DuncManDuncMan Frets: 12

    Hi Folks! Just joined and looking forward to reading and contributing when I can.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My friends in Scandinavia always called me that when I lived there for many years and it just stuck.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Isle of Wight

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Listening/enjoying but have also done some band photography at gigs around Sweden.

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

    My most used is a HeadRoom Ultra Micro DAC/Amp stack.

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

    Thunderstruck - AC/DC

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  • Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum.
    My name's Sarah, I currently live in Vancouver.
    I've been lurking around for quite a long time and finally decided to join!

    Q1:  Where did your username come from?
    Just my name, nothing special
    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?
    Canada
    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?
    As it was said in a great song, to "enjoy the silence". But actually, I find music everywhere around me, it's just wonderful
    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?
    Just my old Japanese Ibanez Roadstar II 1984
    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?
    John Mayer - slow dancing in a burning room
    My recent article about tremolo pedals
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  • Hi folks - I'm Matt, I'm 42 and I'm from the Midlands.

    Stumbled across this place while looking for information about guitars when I should have been working.

    I've been playing guitar for a couple of years, a couple of years of uke on top of that - no prior musical efforts beyond a couple of guitar lessons as a kid, and a couple of months of trying to play harmonica as a teenager.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Matt - fairly obvious; harrier - I used to run a basketball team called the Harriers. Combine the two, and the rest is history.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Coventry, the proper one in the UK, not one of the fresher ones in the colonies.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to go into a guitar shop, and look awesome while I'm trying out guitars! But really, just to be able to play more or less anything to some degree, and be able to jam along to whatever is going on.

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

    Not too much gear yet, but I have a Hohner LP type which I bought cheap and have rewired and brought back from the edge of being junk. Plays lovely now.

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

    For the purposes of the question, ZZ Top's La Grange. But really, so many in a huge range of genres, for all types of situation!

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  • Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Leicestershire


    I'm a transplant from Leicestershire, whereabouts are you? I grew up right at the bottom, in Lutterworth 
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  • G4peiG4pei Frets: 3
    Q1:  Where did you username come from? G4pei was my late Father's ham radio call sign
    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Norfolk
    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? To be the best I can be!
    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? Custom shop special order Les Paul 'SG' formerly owned by Mick Taylor
    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Difficult to choose one but I would go for 'Layla'
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  • GuitorGuitor Frets: 1
    Q1:  Where did you username come from? the guitar
    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? France
    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? having fun
    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? Vigier excalibur
    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Mean street
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  • jmsrsstrjmsrsstr Frets: 0
    A little late to this. Been on the board for a few weeks now, bought and sold a bit, read a tonne. Better late than never though, right?!

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? It's my name without the vowels
    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? London UK nowadays (via Canada)
    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? I did the band thing for 10 years. Moved to the UK. Now just play at home.
    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? Just one? Argh... I suppose I have to pick my mid-60s ES-330.
    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Rain by The Beatles
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  • Dubnut71Dubnut71 Frets: 14

    Hello all, Graeme from the Highlands of Scotland, joining as I have been lurking around, reading the forum for ages and it seemed only right to do so....


    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    I have one single username for everything..........

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Nearest place is Inverness but I have a croft up in the wilds behind Cawdor.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To get back to gigging, after a gap of about 20yrs

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

    Has to be the Orange Micro Dark

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

    Joe Walsh, Lifes been good!

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  • Josh_CoskuJosh_Cosku Frets: 13
    edited February 9

    Hi all - I'm Cosku, I'm 40 and I'm originally from Turkey but living in London for last 1.5 years. 

    I was visiting this forum while searching for some gear occasionally but never thought to be a member before strangely. I don’t know why…But today is the day.I used to do gigs back in Istanbul before coming here and playing in a trio with some 70s rock and blues, loud and fun stuff. I really enjoyed the blues sessions in London especially at ANB before Covid. I wish this situation ends soon and we can all enjoy playing/listening some live music again.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My name is Cosku and some friends call me just Cos which is pronounced exactly same as Josh.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    North West London.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Being able to play and have fun in a Jazz Jam Session.

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

    A custom built tele by Ekrem Ozkarpat. Neck is standard maple+rosewood fingerboard, but the body is mulberry. I love especially how the neck pick-up sounds.

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

    Julian Lage – Ryland.


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  • SimonhSimonh Frets: 79
    1. It’s my name
      2. Nottingham
      3. I’d like to be able to play a few things I like and jam a bit
      4. Ibanez rgr420 ex (frost red)
      5. Too many to list...
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  • Hi all

    joined a couple of weeks ago and have been going through all the forum to pick your brains.


    Thinking of learning to play so I am a complete novice compared to you lot, got loads of questions so be prepared =)


    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It is the one I use on most forums, comes from a Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum putter

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    I live in Washington / UK, that's next to Newcastle  =)

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To be able to play at least one song in a months time

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

    My Mac Pro, no musical gear as yet

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

    Hotel California

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  • UHASUHAS Frets: 1
    Hello
    Not long found this site and I think it'll be my new favourite.
    1 UHAS = Uriah Heep Appreciation Society. I used to run a Uriah Heep fan club! Strange but true....

    2 I live on the Isle of Skye, no guitar shops, the nearest is 3 hours away, though that hasn't cured my addiction! 

    3 Achieved more than most though good fortune and luck. Worked in the music business, for a record company (totally corrupt) was a roadie and a PA to an incredible guitarist, and got to play (3 chords) while he solo'd on stage in Tokyo. Dream jobs and you get to see the world at someone else's expense.

    4 the most consistent bit of gear is my amp Fender Princeton Reverb, Guitars come and go and leave only regrets.

    5 Hmmm difficult , it varies at the moment loving the new Steven Wilson album , but anything melodic I guess? Powerpop stuff like Jellyfish, Bleu, L.E.O. The Posies but when you go back to the roots it's probably a Beatles song.
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  • Hi, thought I’d join a forum to see what the craic is. I have owned a guitar for about 11 years, apart from a few weeks of trying it out when I first got it I haven’t touched it for at least 10 years. 

    I picked it up again four weeks ago and have been practicing every day since. I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing but it doesn’t matter, I’m enjoying the process. I’ve just discovered the JustinGuitar site, he seems to know what he’s doing, so I’m trying that out. 

    I used to be a mediocre drummer in various bands for 40 odd years, so I can count to four, aside from that I know the square root of feck all about playing guitar. 
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  • Hi all,

    In an effort to tick every box of the classic mid-life crisis I decided during the first lockdown that I would try to learn to play guitar.

    I picked up a used Squier Affinity Strat that came with a little fender frontman amp and everything else I needed to get started. Now entirely due to the amp and nothing to do with my ability I sounded horrible. A good search on ebay, hours of youtube reviews and £40 later a barely used Blackstar ID Core was mine. This had reverb and delay which could mask some of the ugliness I was producing. 

    I learnt some open chords until I got frustrated with my reach / stretch. I didn't even make it to F it happened at C!

    Next I discovered backing tracks and the minor pentatonic scales. I was now living my guitar hero dream and just having a ton of fun.

    Then the GAS really set in and almost a year later 8 guitars, 4 amps and anything else anyone was selling within 100 miles on gumtree meant our guest room (cant have them anymore so it needed to go) became my music room. Not divorced yet but I know what I'll buy if it happens!

    I'm now making my way back to learning the basics properly and picking up some theory along the way but most days I'm still just overplaying to one of my favourite backing tracks and loving every minute.

    Once its safe to do so I would love to meet up people of a similar level (or extremely patient and understanding more experienced players) to try and jam with. The thought of playing in front of someone else kinda terrifies me but I wanna give it a go.

    Thanks to anyone who is still reading!


    Q1:  Where did you username come from? My annoying little sausage fingers

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? South Wales

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? To always remember I started this for fun and not be able to quit my job and hit the road.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? D'Angelico Bedford Deluxe

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


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  • mo6020mo6020 Frets: 2
    Long time listener, first time caller... I'm Ed - originally from Dorset but have taken a circular route around the country for the past 15 years or so and am now based in London.  Been playing since I was 11 (I'm 38 now). Haven't played in a band seriously since I joined the Army in 2005, but starting to feel the need to scratch that itch again now.. 

    Q1:  Where did your username come from?

    It's my "zap number" from the military, and now my username pretty much everywhere on the internet

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Hackney, East London

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Eh, not much these days. I've played some good gigs in the past, supported some big bands, etc, but those days are long gone. I'd settle for some open mic nights with a decent singer or playing in a covers band these days... 

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

    Right now my '95 USA Standard Strat. I've just ordered some Monty's Guitars "Full Monty" pickups for it and I'm excited for them to arrive. 

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

    Always Voodoo Chile. It blew my mind when I first heard it aged 12, and it still blows my mind now...

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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    combination of various nicknames

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Darkest Norfolk, Uk

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play some gigs

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

    1967 Marshall JTM50 Black flag and pinstripe 4x12

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

    Life on mars

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  • .Pazzi..Pazzi. Frets: 1

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My ancestors, an Italian family with a slightly dodgy history.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    The Midlands, England.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To play in a band again. I've not played much at all for years and I'm getting back into it.

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

    1989 Fender Strat Plus, bought new by me as a student. I still have it and will never sell it although I'm happy to play around with mods that are reversible.

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

    Pass - if I tried to answer this I would spontaneously combust.

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