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I want to paint it black

For those that have followed my inane ramblings to date and managed to travel through time by my side, we are now comfortably ensconced in the mid 1980’s. You will recall from my last piece that a slab of Oregon pine is skulking ominously in the background, harbouring untold horrors Read more…

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The eve of destruction

In late 1982 as was my wont, I was browsing the music section of a local bookshop and stumbled across a delightful tome entitled The Guitar Handbook written by a Mr. Ralph Denyer.  In a moment of depraved spontaneity I purchased the publication and spent ensuing weeks studying scales, modes and Read more…

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In the beginning

If you will indulge me for a moment whilst I amble a few metres down memory lane I would like to offer some context on how I became the owner of a Shaftesbury Model 3264 guitar. Around 1976/77 I was playing cornet in our school band.  This was something that resonated Read more…

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Another guitar blog! Why?

I have been tinkering around with guitars for just about as long as I can remember. With deliberate and careful mismanagement of my financial affairs over the years, I have accumulated a delightful little collection including examples from most of the major manufacturers and some less well known. From time Read more…

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