Hey it’s Andy here, I believe there’s 3 keys that are essential in being successful learning to play the guitar – Inspiration, Training and Tools. Nail Guitar brings these together to boost learning speed, make learning easier and help you have more fun playing your axe!
Your acoustic, what sort is that?
My steel string acoustic is a Tanglewood TW45 DLX FPP. Its about 11 years old now and is a really good axe for its price range. Plus, its gold hardware is pretty 🙂
What do you use for your electric guitar sounds?
I use a POD XT Live floor board direct into my mixer. The sounds aren’t as good as an amp miced with pedals but it’s tidy, convenient, works great with the Variax, fits nicely under my desk and is very user friendly to operate.
They are a few years old now so you can pick them up for a great price. The new range is called HD and really aren’t much better in my opinion.
Ive had a LOT of people asking…
What sort of guitar is your red electric? Where are the pick ups?
The guitar I did most of my electric instructional videos with up to about 2014 is a Line 6 Variax.
You can watch the series of videos I did explaining how it works and demoing all the guitars it can emulate HERE.
I like to call it ‘the magic guitar’. Hidden under the bridge are six special pickups, one for each string. The signal passes through a little computer hidden at the back of the guitar that allows you to digitally tune each string to a different note at the flick of a switch.
The guitar has an extra knob that makes it sound like different sorts of guitars. Electrics, hollow bodies, acoustic, banjo, sitar. Its obviously not 100% accurate but very surprisingly close.
Even better is the fact you can run it into your computer and control everything with a software editor and save those settings back to the guitar.
A great feeling guitar for its price range and awesome tool for recording.
How old were you when you started playing?
I was in grade 8, so 14 years old. I was by no means a fast learner, F chord took me close to a month to play clearly every time. Despite this, guitar soon become my #1 passion and I began improving in leaps and bounds.
What was your first guitar?
My very first guitar was a Yamaha C40 nylon string acoustic given to my sister and I by my uncle.
What was your first electric guitar?
It was a Black Daion Electric, with red lightnight cracks all over it. Almost as horrible to play as it was to look, I bought it for $224 with money I made from mowing lawns. I was very proud 🙂