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PICKING MY WAY TOWARDS NEXT WEEKEND...

Finally packed away my selected guitars for the 'Plectronica' live set...all are now ready for guitar tech Andy Newlove to pick up on Tuesday. But tonight have tried running a couple of the backing tracks using my Gretsch 6120 archtop, and I have to say that it sounds great and plays like butter compared to some of my other selections for the set.

Should I put this instrument in place for the performance and abandon some of my original choices? Or should I tough it out and use some of the more unconventional guitars that, perhaps, have built in constraints and limitations to both sound and playability but look great? I do tend to favour visual style as much as anything else, but that sometimes means I'm making a rod for my own back by using guitars that aren't always conventional in terms of their sound and playability...

I guess the choices come down to ones that challenge me somewhat, and others that oil the wheels of technique more easily. Hmm...what should I do? I think, despite the disadvantages, I should stick with my original choices and, if it makes things rougher, tougher and less polished than I would like, then so be it...

The Clothworkers Hall...the venue for 'Plectronica.'


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