Hey gang, after a brief conversation with beat, I brought up the idea
of having an uger of the week, where a guitarist who browses these
forums can write about themselves show off all of their equipment and
tell us about them. So if anyone wants to write one then pm I and get
put on the waiting list.
Anyway all about me!
My names rob, I?m 18 I come from Bristol and I am a confessed guitar collector.
I started playing last year in July. It was my 17th birthday and I had
been pestering my parents to buy me a guitar and amp for about 12
months considering I always wanted to learn.
I chose a vintage telecaster with a honher panther 20 watt amp. My uncle also bought me a boss me-30 multi effects pedal.
I erm, wasn?t the best at all. It took me about a month and a half to
learn power chords and after that I thought "wow this guitar playing is
a bit of an easy lark aint it?" of course, I thought this was all I
needed to learn
At that time I decided that I wanted to sound a bit heavier and considering it I had a telecaster, I thought ....hmmmm
So the twang banger was quickly exchanged for a Seymour Duncan hot
rails mini humbucker, now this is one powerful piece of kit. When put
through a traynor ycv80 at the shop I was gobsmacked, it sounded so
much heavier and alot longer from a sustain this was the beginning of
my much famed \M/ Tele \M/ ((copyrighted)) when I got back home from my
then current girlfriends house ((*****)) I tried out through my
hohner... I was very disappointed, at that time I was so new to guitar
playing, and I didn?t know that the amp was the important thing.
Luckily with crimbo around the corner my dad spotted a 65 watt custom
sound keyboard amp in a local pawn shop for ?55, so he bought it for me
crimbo present! Thanks dad! I loved this amp, it was so much louder,
and my power chords were thumping through the single 15inch speaker.
What I did like about this amp was that there were 4 inputs so my mate
used it for his bass as well and handled it quite well at low levels.
The ultimate gigging tool in my opinion, a multi use amp!
One day my power chord days came to an end, when a 14 year old girl
came over played my guitar and whooped my ass, I was like: O what the
**** are those? Yup that?s right, she was playing chords. She taught me
a few and left I thoroughly humiliated ((cries)).
So this steeled me, and I started learning chords. I still haven?t
learnt their names to this day, and I prolly never will, but I know
what sounds good in my mind. About last February I considered getting a
new guitar, so I went to Cardiff to see "sum41 \M/" one of my fave
bands and in my opinion quite original these days. And I spotted a
cheap "goffic" strat for ?99, it played...ok through a good amp, I only
really bought it for its looks. I took it home after the gig.
My god what a pile of ****e it was.
It sounded very good clean, that nearly saved it. But it wasn?t good enough; it was poorly constructed and badly set up.
So I chucked that in for a new squeeze. A godin radiator, brand new for
about ?350. My god great guitar, excellent clean not so good disto but
I loved it, the neck was the most comfortable ever played and it was an
excellent rhythm guitar. A dream.
Fast forwarding a few months, during that time I put in 2 fernandes
sustainers one after the other into my tele and they burnt out. But I
did manage to put a coil tap into it which gave it back its twang. I
picked up some single stomps, a boss compressor, a boss v wah, an old
arbiter treble booster. Also I picked up a Stagg M bass which I love.
It?s a lovely looking bass, not the best player but the sound is very
heavy thanks to the dual musicman humbuckers and the great jazz gold
hardware and placid blue body stands out.
Then I realised, my amp was going to blow if it was put through
continued abuse. It had been faithful but it was rattling and I didn?t
want to blow it. So it was out looking for a new amp. I came across an
old 80?s laney single channel 50 watt valve amp with a broken volume
pot which crackled really badly when turned and practically exploded
the amp, so I took it for ?150 ((a right bobby dazzler)) and lobbed it
up to my mates shop to get it sorted for a fiver, its one bloody loud
mother ****er. It roars like a marshall albeit with less gain and
features. But for ?150 for an all valve 2x12 combo i am not complaining
At this time I was experimenting with solos and bought a keyboard to
learn some piano pieces ((which I have still neglected to do.)) chords
had started to become easier and I became an accomplished rhythm
guitarist, the day I played dire straits ?money for nothing? was
probably what my dad described as ?the best thing you?ll probably ever
To cut a long story short, I bought a squire katana and put a Seymour
Duncan trembucker in the bridge, good sound, at this point me and