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I’m not one for hoard­ing dozens of gui­tars. In fact I’ve whit­tled mine down to the clas­sics: Strat, ES-335, Les Paul (with P90s), Tele, Gretsch 6120, and Gib­son jumbo and Martin dread­nought acous­tics. I also don’t like my house look­ing like a re­hearsal space so I keep just one elec­tric, and one acous­tic out. And I ro­tate them.

Friends and I of­ten talk – as I’m sure you do – about new gear and in­spi­ra­tion. Usu­ally it’s to jus­tify a new pur­chase, but I’m cer­tain there’s truth in it. I ro­tate my in­stru­ments for the same rea­son. I tend to keep one elec­tric on a stand for about a month, then swap it for some­thing dif­fer­ent – the Martin is my all­rounder acous­tic so that’s a con­stant. As we speak, my Tele is about to go back in its box and, in­spired by Gui­tarist’s re­cent rock and roll cov­er­age and see­ing Dar­rel Higham play­ing great licks on his 6120, I think the orange Gretsch is due for another air­ing. Maybe I can nail a few tasty Brian Set­zer licks. But the range of styles we cover in GT also in­spires me. I’ve par­tic­u­larly en­joyed Shaun Bax­ter’s Mixoly­dian blues ar­ti­cles over the last few months. In fact, they’re the first lessons of Shaun’s that I can ac­tu­ally play – ha-ha! And who wouldn’t gain in­spi­ra­tion from this month’s cover fea­ture – Mil­ton’s ex­cel­lent Slash Chords ar­ti­cle? He comes at it from so many dif­fer­ent an­gles that, not only will you learn some cool new shapes, you’ll also gain a bet­ter han­dle on why they sound the way they do, and how they func­tion in a mu­si­cal con­text. Oh, and be­fore you ask, it’s noth­ing to do with Guns N’ Roses, okay? As we go to press we’ve heard the sad news of Prince’s pass­ing. A gi­ant tal­ent, it would be wrong of us not to pay our mu­si­cal re­spects. So look out for a spe­cial fea­ture next month. See you then...

Neville Marten, Ed­i­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

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