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paiktis22
03-12-2002, 19:31:17
For me it was a special on Jimmy Page on an old issue of The guitarist (or was it guitar player, or maybe guitar world???) I have kept the issue somewhere.

There were some cool pictures of him an his LesPaul an interview and a very detailed article about Led Zep recordings.

That's what basically got me into getting an electric guitar.

That issue was perhaps... enchanted 'cause I had it on my desk at school and a friend of mine picked it up and got instantly enamoured with some ad about a bass. And he went and bought that too when money permitted.

He actually wanted to cut off the page of the ad, but there was a part of the interview with Jimmy Page on the other side of the page and I told him that I can't let him cut it, except if he wrote by hand half a page of the interview so that I have the whole thing... I said that jokingly, but he actually sat down and wrote by hand one page... and I let him cut the ad.

Rich of "history" that issue... I'm sure I haven't lost it.

What about you? Was there something specific that triggerd in you the wish to get a guitar and start playing?

Lazarus and the Gimp
03-12-2002, 19:41:02
I thought it might help me get laid.

paiktis22
03-12-2002, 19:41:37
:lol:
Did it work?

Lazarus and the Gimp
03-12-2002, 19:46:04
Funnily enough, the prospect of being wooed with a ham-fisted rendition of Spacemen 3 songs by someone who still struggles to hold down an F chord has yet to caused any ovary-bearer to part with her knickers.

paiktis22
03-12-2002, 19:48:39
Yep, it has to be ballads. On a summer night on the roof of your building. And I don't do ballads either.

Caligastia
03-12-2002, 19:54:01
Ever since I heard Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" albums, I wanted to play bass like Cliff Burton, so I started off on bass. Eventually I moved onto 6 string guitar to get that heavy crunch sound I love so much.:coolgrin:

Lazarus and the Gimp
03-12-2002, 20:12:48
Waaaaaant one. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaant one.

http://www.soundcontrol.co.uk/mod_1/pages/mod_1.12/pages/mod_1.12.1/pages/mod_1.12.1.1/pages/index.php?sku=1.1.1.1.1-6-39-27.50.31.100

It will be my bitch.

protein
03-12-2002, 21:21:52
I had learned to play drums and spent some time playing around with other people's guitars when I was in crap school bands. I never had lessons and I was more interested in creating weird psychadelic noises playing through an analogue delay and chorus. I got a guitar and borrowed a four track and learned to layer sounds and write sequences. Eventually I had learned to use the guitar. I'd say that I am a reasonable rhythm guitarist but a good sound effects guitarist.

I can write songs on the guitar-ish. You can download a song that I did all on my loansome if you like. I had to use a drum machine though. Download alien (thu unholy) here - http://www.loudmedicine.net/download.htm
It has a good backwards guitar solo.

protein
03-12-2002, 21:26:46
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
Waaaaaant one. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaant one.

http://www.soundcontrol.co.uk/mod_1/pages/mod_1.12/pages/mod_1.12.1/pages/mod_1.12.1.1/pages/index.php?sku=1.1.1.1.1-6-39-27.50.31.100

It will be my bitch.
That's my sort of guitar. The rest of sonic undermind prefer pointy thunderbolt type things.

Asher
03-12-2002, 21:37:23
I got into guitar because at the time I wanted to write songs, and I didn't like the piano very much (what I was "formally" trained on).

I've got a decent Ibanez JS100 I use, and I'm getting an acoustic within a couple months.

JS100:
http://img.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/51/519400.jpg

Provost Harrison
03-12-2002, 23:01:43
Iain plays a mean air guitar, although he does look more like he is wanking when doing it :lol:

Tizzy
04-12-2002, 08:47:10
My first guitar was an acoustic which used to belong to my uncle. It was just lying around at my gran's and I thought it seemed interesting.....
I got an electric a year or so later, cos it sounded cooler :D

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 09:15:34
I started out with a cheap acoustic, then bought a cheap electric, I am now playing a bloody lovely cheap acoustic and a US Tele. My next guitar will be a Bourgeios Sloped D or Santa Cruz Vintage Artist.


Oh why I want one of those, they are perfect.

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 09:23:32
I heard Nirvana and wanted to play guitar. That semi-acoustic Epiphone semi-acoustic is a really nice guitar, my housemate has one.

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 09:31:27
I was 9 when I started playing. I have no idea why, but my parents didn't think i'd stick to it, 20 years on I think I've proved them wrong

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 09:34:41
This is the bourgeois sloped D

http://www.acousticopia.com/slope1.JPG


This is the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist

http://www.nysse.com/santacruz/bilder/va.jpg

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 09:44:49
Best acoustic I ever played was a Takamine that a friend of mine had at university. They sent him a set of strings every month for 2 years after he bought it as well.

protein
04-12-2002, 10:12:18
Originally posted by Funkodrom
I heard Nirvana and wanted to play guitar. That semi-acoustic Epiphone semi-acoustic is a really nice guitar, my housemate has one.
I was playing drums and was well in to music before Nirvana turned up. It was then that I realised there was more than just intelligent music. There was loud music that made you want to jump up and down too. I played a lot of Nirvana as well as Pink Floyd, Slowdive, Verve etc.

Vincent
04-12-2002, 10:12:52
I bought a Höfner when I was 13, because a friend convinced me we should form a band. One year later I bought a crappy 1977 Fender Stratocaster (for 900 DM), one of the worst Strats built, I sold it in 1995 (for 1600 DM - collectors are WEIRD)
Today I play mainly my Telecaster. I'm thinkin of selling my Strat Plus and buying another Tele.

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 10:18:36
Originally posted by protein
I was playing drums and was well in to music before Nirvana turned up. It was then that I realised there was more than just intelligent music. There was loud music that made you want to jump up and down too. I played a lot of Nirvana as well as Pink Floyd, Slowdive, Verve etc.

I wasn't. I didn't get exposed to anything that was good other than stuff like Simon and Garfunkel and other '60s and '50s stuff that my dad liked, nothing that made me want to play guitar.

Nirvana came along at exactly the right time for me to tap into my teen angst.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 10:27:43
I was listening to quality rock like early, Iron maiden, Motley Crue, Queensryche, Jimi H, Candlemass etc. at an early age

Eventually I decided to learn guitar and signed up with John underwood (from whom I bought my first guitar - fender squire strat). As soon as I gave up lessons I became good. I then started listening to heavier music, and decided I wanted a larger sound, so I saved up for 4 months at Safeway and bought my Jackson.
The rest, as they say is rock'n roll ;)

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 10:30:36
I'll never forget the gig you played in your Safeway uniform, green tank top and black clip on bow tie happily discarded. :lol:

Vincent
04-12-2002, 10:37:38
I learned some tricks playing along with the Stones vinyls. I still could join a Stones wannabe band as a Keith Richards ripoff. Funny I finally ended with the Tele

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 10:52:20
I don't play much electric any more, but I couldn't sell my Tele, I thought about it once and nearly cried after reminising all the gigs we played together.

I'd never choose a girl over a guitar

Vincent
04-12-2002, 11:46:48
Tele is for MAN

Debaser
04-12-2002, 13:38:38
Originally posted by Funkodrom
I heard Nirvana and wanted to play guitar. That semi-acoustic Epiphone semi-acoustic is a really nice guitar, my housemate has one.

Gareth? Doesn't he have an Aria Pro II? Looks the same though.

Debaser
04-12-2002, 13:44:15
I started playing for the same reason I started smoking; a misguided attempt at looking cool at school.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 13:49:02
Originally posted by Debaser
I started playing for the same reason I started smoking; a misguided attempt at looking cool at school.

Fundamentally misguided - you are left handed:lol:

protein
04-12-2002, 14:03:07
How can you smoke left handed? Don't you burn your lips?

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 14:04:54
Yeah, at the very least. Often you end up jabbing your eye out, or worse still someone elses! ;)

protein
04-12-2002, 14:16:52
Songs tend to get played upside down by left handed people. Then all the high notes tend to fall down and the end is at the beginning.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 14:21:36
Yes, they are a strange breed. The only things they are good for are singing backward subliminal messages on black-metal tracks and playing the solo to Aliens

protein
04-12-2002, 14:23:44
Perhaps we could ask Debaser to speak for us on our next recording.

Debaser
04-12-2002, 14:27:33
on yas dluow eH

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 14:35:38
He could, however, help me play the siamese-twin guitar that I am developing. Steve Vai thought he was cool when he played a twin-necked guitar. Fuck him, me and debaser are going to play a twin-bodied guitar.

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 14:51:49
It's definitely an epiphone.

Debaser
04-12-2002, 14:52:38
Check out this 4 necked beast:-

http://www.andymanson.co.uk/4_neck.htm

Debaser
04-12-2002, 14:58:44
Who was that guitarist who used a 4 neck electric?

protein
04-12-2002, 15:00:08
Jesus. I'm going to invent a drum kit which has like 5 different drums and like loads of cymbals and you like sorta have to use all of your limbs at once like.

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 15:12:09
Like Pink Floyd's percussionist's rack.

PosterBoy
04-12-2002, 15:12:51
Stop turning the conversation around to drums. This is the music forum you know

protein
04-12-2002, 15:16:37
Originally posted by PosterBoy
Like Pink Floyd's percussionist's rack.
Or like any regular drum kit.

Do we want to use my guitar as a spare for the gig?

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 15:24:10
Yes.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 15:29:23
Originally posted by protein
Or like any regular drum kit.

Do we want to use my guitar as a spare for the gig?

Thank you no. We are a ROCK band. But thanks for the kind offer!

Vincent
04-12-2002, 15:29:46
No

protein
04-12-2002, 15:35:30
How many spares do we have? I am assuming that we have at least Funko's spare. We should always prepare for the worst case scenario.

Imagine. Bass guitar stops working and the other bands have gone to another pub with their equipment. Bass drum catches fire. Both guitars break strings and we are on in 30 seconds. Nills has drunk 15 pints and wanders onstage to announce that he needs a dirty bitch to take backstage.

Vincent
04-12-2002, 15:36:58
sissies

Nills Lagerbaak
04-12-2002, 15:43:47
That's what Debaser is for!

protein
04-12-2002, 15:58:17
Debaser would be busy filming. It would be the best material so far!

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 15:59:32
Originally posted by protein
How many spares do we have? I am assuming that we have at least Funko's spare. We should always prepare for the worst case scenario.

No. Mine doesn't work anymore. I tried it out the other day in preparation. Pickup selector is totally shagged and last time I tried it it sounded terrible anyway. I was going to see if Pete would bring his.

paiktis22
04-12-2002, 16:00:23
I wouldn't say no if this fell into my hands, somehow...

http://www.soundcontrol.co.uk/mod_1/pages/mod_1.12/pages/mod_1.12.1/pages/mod_1.12.1.1/pages/index.php?sku=1.1.1.1.1-10-5-30.8.122.111.24.26.55.100

Funkodrom
04-12-2002, 16:19:20
Just posting this again 'cause of the page change:

Originally posted by protein
How many spares do we have? I am assuming that we have at least Funko's spare. We should always prepare for the worst case scenario.

No. Mine doesn't work anymore. I tried it out the other day in preparation. Pickup selector is totally shagged and last time I tried it it sounded terrible anyway. I was going to see if Pete would bring his.

Sir Penguin
05-12-2002, 01:41:56
I sound really good on an unplugged electric guitar.

SP

Funkodrom
05-12-2002, 09:28:02
That was Debaser's role in The Unholy. :lol:

PosterBoy
05-12-2002, 09:43:18
I did one of my best solo's with 5 strings. It made me break out of my favourite riff mode and be more adventurous.

Vincent
05-12-2002, 10:47:30
try 1 string soli

Funkodrom
05-12-2002, 10:52:20
There's a 1 note solo by me on Post It. (available from http://www.loudmedicine.net )

Vincent
05-12-2002, 11:02:35
Try 0 note soli

Funkodrom
05-12-2002, 11:02:54
I'm doing one right now.

Resource Consumer
05-12-2002, 11:15:35
I just got the guitar because I saw it in Woolworth's in Guildford and thought it wqould be cool. It was a really awful Kay guoitar and you needed mole grips to hold down a chord above the fifth fret.

Oh, I was 13.

PosterBoy
05-12-2002, 16:05:36
I don't think Rock 'n' Roll can change the world
I learnt the guitar just to pick up girls.

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