I’ve played the guitar for some 30 years now, during which time many instruments, amps and effects have passed through my hands. Guitars are a big passion of mine and this blog seems like the ideal method for me to let loose my thoughts and opinions on all that is six-string!
About a decade ago I played guitar in Nottingham shoegazers Heroes of Switzerland, completing an album and lots of live work with them. In addition I’ve played in a variety of bands since the late 80’s through to now ranging from icy post punk via old school Metal to World Music and beyond.
My most recent band was the North London alternative outfit Playroom
Although I’ve either borrowed, played or owned most solid bodied electrics at some point or another. Ampwise its been largely Marshall with various set ups over the years, Combo’s, Rack’s, Stack’s etc. Although Ive recently moved to Blackstar. However with the nature of modern gigging, I’ve played through all sorts.
My love of Japanese Guitars stems from their modernist aesthetic. Once they started to formulate their original designs. They began to strive for greatness. If it were not for the combination of a resurgence by the big two, the arrival of Paul Reed Smith, plus the inherently racist undertones of US guitar culture. I suspect the Guitar Industry would have gone the way of Camera’s & Motorcycles long ago. With total Japanese dominance.
This site will encompass articles on guitars, guitarists & also some instruments I manage to source along the way.