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

  • headlined the Orkney Rock Festival in 2014
  • 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.


Jun
11
comment Why do strings break when I am not playing?
loosening and retensioning the strings is actually likely to break them, and damage the nut through friction wear - and for many guitars (especially those with floating bridges) tuning can require days to settle down.
Jun
11
comment Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock
This feels like it will be very opinion based so it may get closed. If you want examples of music using VST's in Cubase in the electro/metal genre, check out the link on my profile page. Metaltech have all sorts of sounds that may appeal.
Jun
10
comment Avoid feedback on acoustic guitar when plugged on stage
I have added the feedback tag - you should read the other questions tagged feedback.
Jun
10
answered Avoid feedback on acoustic guitar when plugged on stage
Jun
10
revised Avoid feedback on acoustic guitar when plugged on stage
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Jun
10
revised What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?
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Jun
10
revised I want to control the peak volume of guitar feedback and echo/delay feedback
edited tags
Jun
10
comment Why do strings break when I am not playing?
another option you could add to the list: a burr at the nut, causing extra damage to an already weak area of the string
Jun
9
answered What are the benefits or drawbacks of playing different types of guitars?
Jun
9
comment What are the benefits or drawbacks of playing different types of guitars?
I would suggest that beginners don't mess with alternate tunings until they are proficient.
Jun
9
comment Building an electric guitar from scratch
Oh, and while metal is generally better at coping with humidity change, it is far worse at coping with temperature changes
Jun
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
8
comment Building an electric guitar from scratch
There have been various metal guitars but none have been as successful as wooden ones. There is a lot of the arcane about wood choice for each component, and while you should be able to make them out of anything, it doesn't appear to work that way. Not sure why - it may just be tradition, or difficulty...
Jun
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on woodwinds tag wiki excerpt
Jun
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on french-horn tag wiki excerpt
Jun
4
reviewed Close What are the significant schools of 20th century music theory?
Jun
4
reviewed Close Where to find orchestra-only tracks for concertos?
Jun
4
awarded  tuning
Jun
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Tuning a tuning fork?
Jun
3
awarded  Nice Answer