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  • DaigaijinDaigaijin Frets: 61
    Hi, I'm mark. Born in Tanzania and travelled lots as a kid, engineering brat. Grew up in Hong Kong, moved to UK early 80s. Decided to be a rock star, figured it wasn't going to happen and have been playing for fun ever since. Moved to Kent a few years ago and am working on 'finishing' my amp and guitar collection and record the album I never did as a kid.

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? A very loose and no doubt grammatically and culturally irresponsible translation of Big Foreigner into Japanese
    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Garden of England
    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? Was, to be a rock star. Now to get much better at playing and get organised and record some stuff
    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? Can’t choose, MESA Roadking stereo rig and my J Custom
    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? That’s easy, borrowed a Walkman back in the day and it had ACDC Back in Black on one side and Van Halen, Van Halen on the other, Eruption quite literally changed the course of my life


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  • kentuckyklirakentuckyklira Frets: 676
    TTony said:

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

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

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

     

    [edit]
    ChristophEar has created a Spotify playlist of all the #1 tracks
    Everyone's #1 tracks.

    And I just "stickied" this for as long as we've got lots of new rejoiners arriving!

    The only guitar I have that was made in the year I was born is by a German company called Klira and the model was called Kentucky.

    I´m German in Germany.

    I play in various amateur bands.

    Difficult as it varies but I´d say my Vigier Excalibur.

    Hot For Teacher by Van Halen
    Wer nicht für Freiheit sterben kann, der ist der Kette wert.
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  • smfacersmfacer Frets: 5

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?
       It's my initials and surname

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?
       Preston Lancashire

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?
       To play live till I literally drop!

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?
       My R7 Les paul

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one?
       Mr Blue Sky - ELO
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 2324
    @kentuckyklira Servus aus Minga! \m/
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  • MildAshersMildAshers Frets: 7
    Q1:  Where did you username come from? Something I came up with signing up for a forum 16 years ago, looked around for inspiration in the room I was in and saw the wors Mild.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Norwich, Norfolk

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?
      Get to a point where I can feel comfortable jamming aimlessly to backing tracks and understand the guitar. 

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one?
     So hard to choose. Probably my Gibson Les Paul 2018

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Jesus of Suburbia
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  • Timeline88Timeline88 Frets: 43

    Hi everyone,

    Q1:  My username is what predictive text corrects my surname to years ago and I was born in 88, no surprises there. 

    Q2:  I'm in Gateshead, just south of the Tyne for those of you who don't know the North East so well. 

    Q3:  My musical ambition is to understand the music I'm really enjoying listening to and to incorporate some of that into my own playing. 

    Q4:  My best bit of gear is a silverface Princeton Reverb which I settled on after years of trying to find the right amp. 

    Q5:  Although the Rolling Stones aren't my favourite band, my mind always go to 'Gimme Shelther' when I'm asked what my favourite track is.

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  • jcgairesjcgaires Frets: 1
    Hey everyone! Newbie here! 

    Q1:  My username is just the initials for my name. You can call me Jo :)

    Q2:  I'm actually from Portugal.  I'm a massive guitar geek and kept bumping into threads here so i decided to join and start proactively talking and not just spying. I don't have that many people in my life that i can talk about this stuff so im excited to be here :D 

    Q3:  My goal will always be to make a a living out of music 

    Q4:  Probably my new Martin OM28v

    Q5:  Cliché but probably Gravity by John Mayer

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  • kentuckyklirakentuckyklira Frets: 676
    DLM said:
    @kentuckyklira Servus aus Minga! \m/
    Grüße aus Kölle!
    Wer nicht für Freiheit sterben kann, der ist der Kette wert.
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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It's my name! and the 306 part comes from a brand of car I am particularly fond of!

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Gloucestershire!

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    I'd love to be able to play with people, like a band, but one for terrible players that no one has to listen to!

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

    I have very little! But my wife bought me a sixpence for christmas last year (a la Brian May) does that count?

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

    Queen - Killer Queen!

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  • Q1:  From a t-shirt I found online.  =)

    Q2:  Turkey

    Q3:  Being able to play and create music like my guitar heroes.

    Q4:  My Jackson Dinky

    Q5:  Altitudes by Jason Becker

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  • Pete.RPete.R Frets: 50
    edited May 2020

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    It is my real name, you can find me under 'paruwi' at some other forums

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    Germany

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    Guitar

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

    My FGN Virtuoso

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

    Gary Moore >Still got the Blues




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  • PukeRyWalkerPukeRyWalker Frets: 1
    edited May 2020

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? - Star Wars, my name, the love of the great outdoors and thinking I'm funny/being an idiot

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? - South Yorkshire, UK

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? - Keep playing and keep being excited by it!

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? - 1977 Marshall JMP 2203 100 watt Master Volume

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? - White Tar by The Bronx

    This is the second time I've had to register on here as my original login does not seem to want to work! So I thought I'd start fresh!

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  • UncleBiffUncleBiff Frets: 52

     Q1:  Where did your username come from? 

    - My Nephews called me 'UncleBiff' with reference to Biff from Back to the future, as I'm much larger than everyone else in my family, and its spread like wildfire!

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    - Saltford, in between Bristol and Bath.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    - To enjoy guitars and music again. 

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

    - NSG2 Nylon.

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

    - Hotel California.

     

    I'm more of a returning member, 'blast from the past' than a new member, as I am Nathan Sheppard, formerly of Nathan Sheppard Guitars. There's been a lot said over the years, some of it true, most of it incorrect and ill informed, but ultimately, I am a guitar fan and miss being part of a community of like-minded guitar geeks, which is why I’m testing the water here. Thank you to all the people who still own and play NSG’s, it means a lot to know that people still enjoying them. 

    I now have 4 kids (2 girls and 2 boys) and run a construction company. I quit everything guitars and music; making guitars, playing guitars, reading about guitars, singing (I used to be a gigging musician that gigged 4 nights a week), going to gigs, everything! My wife says I lost my ‘Mojo’ when I packed it all in and my kids (2,4,10,12) don’t even know that I used to do any of this stuff, which is a bit sad. Hopefully I can change that moving forward.  

    I started getting really into country music and started going to some gigs again last year. Then  I turned 40 at the end of the year and with a bit of reflection my New Year’s resolution was to start playing again and I ended up forming a ‘Dad Band’ with a few Dad mates, that I’ve met through my daughter’s friends, and its lit a fire again. Now I’m singing and playing as often as I can and thinking/dreaming about guitars 24/7, including giving the kids lessons!

    When I started Nathan Sheppard Guitar’s I was only 21 and the most dedicated, ambitious, passionate and driven person I have ever met. I truly loved making guitars and to this day think that’s what I was meant to do. Unfortunately, it’s not just about great wood and great guitars, the money side of a guitar business was/is impossible. The bank gave out loans to get going with no business plan or help, bad decisions were made, good decisions were made but the return was never enough to make up for the learning curve and in the end, weddings came along and babies were on the way and we couldn’t afford to live, and sometimes even eat. So, I walked away, cold turkey and had to start again and dig myself out of where we had ended up.

     I regret just disappearing, but it was a very dark time. I also walked away from some really great friendships, which I have missed and have started rebuilding some of them again recently, which has been great. I still have some guitars half built for people who paid deposits and I have never spoken to since and wouldn’t know who they are or what their spec is now, I lost all my info when things got shut down and packed up. Plus, I just shut myself off from everything to try to find a way through it and tried to forget as much as possible, so I could focus on the recovery. Hopefully I will get to finish and deliver those guitars one day and potentially this is the first step.

    I have recently built a workshop in my garden and am planning to start tinkering again and finishing all of the guitars that went into storage all those years ago (there’s almost 40 instruments that I managed to hide away when everything went wrong), and a decent stash off old woods. I am not planning on selling them for money, I want to do it for me, because I love to do it and I want my kids to see me doing it, because it’s amazing! If I can’t keep them all then maybe I’ll trade them or give them away, pick one shop to stock them or something.

    There were very dark days in the past, but I don’t live there now. Things are good, my family is strong, and business has been consistent for a long time. I miss the guitar making and am looking forward to getting back into it as a hobby , but mostly I’m just looking to balance some of my old passion for guitars and music into my life again. Hopefully to help me get my ‘Mojo’ back! 

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  • Q1:  Where did you username come from?

    My other passion is nano-reef aquarium keeping where my username is nanolutionary.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?

    London, England

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?

    To write songs/compose music and make a difference in the environmental sector doing [political performance artwork.

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

    Bose Mini-Soundlink

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

    The Voice Within - Christina Aguilera

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21851
    Welcome @UncleBiff ;
    :)

    Check out the making & modding section here.  I included that in the structure when we started this forum to be a dedicated space for the smaller and hobbyist builders and everyone interested in all the aspects of tinkering! 

    It's a very supportive and helpful section.  You'll have a lot to contribute there, and probably find a lot of like-minded people who understand all to well the challenges the step (giant leap) between guitar-building-for-fun/interest/satisfaction and guitar building as a business.



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  • ColWilkieColWilkie Frets: 54

    Recently joined, and great to see such an active community!

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? My lack of imagination!

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Edinburgh, Scotland

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? Continue my fight against pentatonic hell!  Would love to play in a band again.  But mainly just continue having fun and being creative!

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? - PRS Custom 24.  My 40th birthday treat!

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? - Hmmm, that's a tough one, and likely changes by the week!  Let's go for something chilled: Indifference - Pearl Jam

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  • Tall_martinTall_martin Frets: 20
    Hi, I've just joined. Its refressing to see such a vibrant board!

    Q1:  Where did you username come from?
    A mate who is 5"0 gave it to me after I had her sister tucked under one arm and another mate under the the other while running down the street. She was chasing me with her fairy wings on. 

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you?
    Nottingham Uk

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition?
    Entertain folk and make them want to dance!

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear 
    My 1978 Musicmaster bass. The first instrument I ever bought back in 1995. 

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track
    Under the Bridge by the RedHotChilliPeppers. I wore my cassette out learning to play it :)
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  • BouvierBouvier Frets: 3
    Q1:  My user name is the best dog breed (bar non) and Homers wifes maiden name...

    Q2:  I'm in the UK up in the North East - Teesside

    Q3:  My ambition is to be able to play off the cuff and generally just enjoy myself

    Q4:  Now that is a toughie - Guitar, Amp or Pedal.   If the house was on fire I would most likely pick up my 58 Les Paul Custom (ex the Cult)

    Q5:  Easy peasy my number one track is .......  Stone Roses - Made of Stone..........  Fabulous


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  • Joe123Joe123 Frets: 7
    Hi, I am new here..My name is Joe, from Indonesia. I am here because I want to ask several things about guitars, mostly which is available in the UK and also in my country. In addition, I am planning to take master degree in the UK, probably next year. (I haven't decided it yet,though, because of this covid thing)...

    I have no particular ambition in music besides learning as many favourite music as I can.
    My gear currently are Yamaha C 330, Ibanez rG 550 genesis and Phil Pro guitar (not sure which type, but I think it is a copy of Ibanez RG 570).
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  • CalgacusCalgacus Frets: 1
    Hi All,

    Firty-<cough> year old returning guitar player here. Just needed some advice on building a guitar kit that I recently bought. I used to play when I was in my teens and early twenties until real life got in the way. Recently bought a new guitar too (I blame a late-onset midlife crisis) and am in the process of relearning all that I've forgotten over the last quarter century. *weeps*

    To answer the questions:

    Q1:  Where did you username come from? From the early days of online gaming - back in the mid 90s. The days of Quake and Unreal. I wanted a name that no-one else would be likely to use and that would therefore stand out in team-talk, etc.

    Q2:  Where in the world/country are you? Central Scotland - just outside Stirling.

    Q3:  What's your main musical ambition? Um... just to become good enough to impress myself somewhat.

    Q4:  Your "best" bit of gear - just the one? Nothing fancy - an Epiphone Emperor Swingster. It looks fantastic and sounds as good as it looks; but unfortunately my playing remains as bad as ever. :/

    Q5:  Your #1 ever track - again, just the one? Just one? :o Um.. no way, couldn't really choose. "Hotel California" perhaps, or "The Harrow and the Harvest" by Gillian Welch - for David Rawlings' guitar playing. Oh, or "Devil in Me" by Gin Wigmore. Or "Sweet Child of Mine", or "Livin' on the Edge". Or...





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