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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.


Oct
20
reviewed Close How to learn many musical instruments?
Oct
20
reviewed Close How to write a keyboard part for an existing song?
Oct
20
reviewed Leave Open Ear pain when using on-ear headphones
Oct
20
answered Color coded spectrum analyzer
Oct
18
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
as @Var says, most have a hex core - you can see this if you peel one. The core shouldn't be that important though - the only reason it is hex is to provide some friction against slippage of the wound wire.
Oct
18
comment Useful tuning for 7 or 8 string guitars
Yeah - I tend to use it entirely as a normal guitar, just with some extra low reach, and the tuning I currently use (ADADGBE) lets me pack some low powerchords in there as needed. I do think I may take the bottom two back up to BE though and just tweak my current drop-D style to fit. In the long run I think it will help me avoid losing my muscle memory on a normal E-tuned 6 string
Oct
17
comment Guitar Action for practicing and learning
I do remember my first guitar, which had such a bad bend in the body that the strings were nearly an inch off the fretboard by the 17th fret. Got my finger strength up a lot - so much so that I found it really easy to barre chords when I got my first electric :-)
Oct
13
comment Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts
Yes, the lead from guitar to amp- common source of problems as they flex and are plugged in and our.
Oct
13
awarded  technique
Oct
12
answered Leaving guitar body without the neck
Oct
12
comment What are the Most Common Piano Chords for Pop Music?
To be accurate, all pop songs use chords:)
Oct
12
comment How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?
And @Alex's answer is spot on. Just changing one string is much less of an issue.
Oct
11
revised Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts
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Oct
11
comment How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?
From my experience 11s are fine for your top five strings (and fine for a drop d) but you will want to go up a gauge or two for your bottom string.
Oct
11
revised How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?
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Oct
11
answered How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?
Oct
11
answered Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts
Oct
10
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
10
answered How to avoid accents when singing?