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Lead guitarist and petrolhead with Scottish Industrial rock trio Metaltech (and our alter-ego folk band Acoustech)

  • nominated for Best Metal Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2011 (came 2nd)
  • nominated for Best Group and Best Loud Track at the Scottish New Music Awards 2011

Been gigging for 25 years, taught guitar on and off. Played a lot of the Scottish music festivals (Rock Ness, Wickerman, Belladrum etc), supported bands like Alec Empire, KMFDM, Angelspit, Psydoll. Headlined all over Scotland.

Website - http://www.metaltech.me

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/metaltech

Check out our videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/Metaltechtheband

Play classical, rock, blues, metal, spanish, slide...

On stage usually use Ibanez (7 string RG7321 and Joe Satriani signature models), or a 1989 Charvel Predator with a Dimebucker pickup through a Line 6 HD500 and a DigiTech Whammy, sometimes with a CryBaby. For the songs requiring fire I use a BC Rich Warlock with pyro attachments!

Generally DI'ed straight into the venue backline, or where we need to amplify - generally Marshall heads through Laney 4x10s.


Aug
6
comment Why are melodies typically played or sung by high voices or instruments in an ensemble?
This is very subjective - personally I hate higher pitched singing voices - but I waited until my vote counted as an ordinary vote. I have a feeling that the statistics don't actually match up, anyway - "correlation does not imply causation!"
Aug
6
comment How to get a super short guitar strap?
I've always just used a sharp drill bit (as I've never had a suitable hole punch) - hot nail sounds a good idea though.
Aug
5
answered How to get a super short guitar strap?
Aug
5
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
Sometimes using identical answers can be fine, but it usually indicates the questions should be dupes. In this instance, the two questions seem to be remarkably similar, so you can flag as a duplicate. That way the mods can merge them or close as dupe as needed.
Aug
5
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
Kevin - please do not copy and paste answers into multiple questions!
Aug
4
comment Extra speaker for combo amp?
The answers to music.stackexchange.com/q/11073/104 may help you. I think the question itself is more suited to electronics Stack Exchange, but you'd need to give them much more information. It is relatively straightforward for an experienced electronics engineer, but if you haven't done it before, there is a high risk of destroying your amp.
Jul
29
revised When does a guitar neck bend happen and how to prevent it?
added 3 characters in body
Jul
28
comment How to get the harmonics of ZZTop?
Gibbons almost always uses pinch harmonics. We have a question on pinch harmonics here with some simple explanation which looks like 100% dupe. I think I'll close as dupe and merge - the answers all look appropriate: music.stackexchange.com/q/1394/104
Jul
28
reviewed Reviewed What cello did Rostropovich play?
Jul
24
reviewed Reviewed Mastering simple songs vs trying harder ones when learning to play the piano as a total beginner
Jul
24
comment How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?
That is also very true Carl, the effort is a factor i hadn't even mentioned.
Jul
24
comment Fix loose bridge saddle screw
I'd second the loctite solution. If you have the guitar set up as you like it, a dot of glue will keep that saddle screw exactly where it is...forever.
Jul
24
answered How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?
Jul
24
comment How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?
While I have a lot of signal processors and effects for my guitars, I'd have to respectfully disagree Carl. Getting the sound right before you start playing with it is essential. If you start off with poor sound there is only so much you can do with effects. Which is why so many good guitarists have many guitars - they sound different.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
the pitch is significantly affected on both. Part of the technique of a could harmonica player is getting the draw right for perfect pitch bends
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
I think I'd have to disagree. They both have the same issues.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
not sure why you commented on the harmonica answer the way you did - the same points apply almost equally here.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
The musical saw is also challenging...
Jul
16
answered How does one compose fills and solos for the drumkit?
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on quarter-tones tag wiki