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...
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