Introductions: Who are we??

Just thought It would be a good idea to give a brief biog on who we are, what we do, and how long we have been doing it.

Ive been playing guitar since i was 12, im now 42, i played in a school band and got hooked on playing and writing music.
I stopped playing for a while and picked the guitar up again in 1995 and really havent put it down, ive been in various cover bands since 95 and im currently in 2 bands, one is called 'Land' which is a 4 piece originals band, we play our own brand of rock.
My 2nd band is a working covers band called 'The stone monkeys' we have been together for a year and have about 25 gigs a year, we try to keep it down to 2 per month.
I play Lead guitar in the covers band and a bit of lead with Land.
I live on the borders of London in Essex with a wife and 2 kids.
I currently have 22 guitars laying around the house, which are mostly Gibson Fender Rickenbacker and Tokai.
Amps, i have a few, Hiwatt, THD, Peavy, Marshall, I mainly use the Hiwatt head with a home made 2x12 cab loaded with Celestion vintage 30's, i use the Peavy Bandit as a backup amp, i mainly use my Gibson SG or my Gibson Les Paul for live work, i used to use an array of pedals for effects, but i found the rig broke down a lot, either battery problems or actual pedals breaking down, so i now use a Vox Multi effects unit with a valve preamp, and its fantastic.
Ive been posting on this board a while now, probably the longest serving poster, and im now a Moderator.
Anyway, thats me.

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It's probably illegal to to have sex and drink in some states of America at my age. But the rest of your imagined image fits just perfectly.

So far, nobody has been how I imagined them, it's kinda strange...

Michael wrote:
It's probably illegal to to have sex and drink in some states of America at my age.

With my intake, it's more like impossible than illegal but (now my picture is public domain) I suspect that I've overloaded everyone's information threshold with that nugget :lol:


Worst. Visual. Image. From. A. Forum. Post. Ever.

:lol: , Worse than that bass guitar from season two of the "ugly finish/worst guitar" thread? Now, that's harsh.

Well, my turn, I guess.

My name is Benny and I live in Portland, Maine (US) which doesn't have a great music scene yet still seems to be very hard to crack into & be accepted by. Lots of metal and prog/indie stuff. I am more into the (gasp!) jam band scene myself, with my influences including but not limited to (and in no particular order):

the Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia/Bob Weir/Phil Lesh, Phish/Trey Anastasio, the String Cheese Incident, Pink Floyd, Ween, Bob Marley, Talking Heads, Keller Williams, Steely Dan, Disco Biscuits, Taj Mahal, Beastie Boys, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler, Jimi Henrdix, Wilco, Rusted Root, Allman Brothers, Peter Frampton, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Django Reinhardt, Chick Correa, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Jim Morrison & The Doors, John Foggerty, David Grisman, Santana, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Velvet Underground, Merl Saunders, Pantera, Metallica, Rev. Gary Davis, Merl Haggard, Guns n' Roses, Michael Jackson, Robert Hunter, Richard Corson, Railroad Earth, Paul Johnson, Grand Funk Railroad, My Morning Jacket, The Who, The Band, Marco Bennevento & Joe Russo.....ok that's enough for now. Sorry about that. I got a lil' carried away.

Anyways, I am 27, have been playing for almost 7 years, and playing lead for about a year and a half. That is what I am trying to get better at lately - learning theory, gaining more dexterity in my fingers, and just trying to grasp the concept of music as a whole so not only can I better understand it, but that I may better communicate through it.

I taught myself how to play via (what else?) the internet. I bought my first guitar for $75 (an electric Ibanez...not sure of the model, but I still have it), and spent the next 2 years logging onto chord & tab sites teaching myself how to play. When I first could play a barre chord I thought I had conquered the world. I miss that feeling, because it happens at such a more frequent pace when you're beginning than it does as you grow into the instrument, but I keep striving for it because it's a beautiful thing.

Shortly thereafter my now-fiance bought me an Ovation acoustic w/ a built in pup; an ok guitar for my first acoustic. I still plan on upgrading that eventually. Since then I have purchased a Fender Tele (mexican), a Fender Strat (american), a Dean Evo (made in Czech. Rep., the thing weighs a metric ton and sounds great) that I currently use as my back-up guitar, and my current axe is a Gibson SG, which I friggin' LOVE. Such a great tone, and feels soooo good in my hands.

As some of you know, I am having a custom made arch-top hollowbody made in the likes of a Paul Languedoc model (Paul was Phish's soundman and made Trey's 3 guitars that he's used with Phish since '89ish). Delivery is set for about a month....I am truly excited about getting this.

I'll post pics of my guitars and gear this week if I remember to get the camera out. You can find a list of my gear about half-way down this page:

To wrap up this novel, I am currently in a cover band that plays a lot of the music by the folks mentioned above. I have been in a couple of original projects but for whatever reason they didn't last. I still write, record, & sometimes perform my originals. You can check out some of my original stuff here (I am singing & playing lead in all 4 songs, thought that is not me you first hear making announcements in the beginning):

or at the link below this post for the cover band.

I guess since I joined the Guitar Site Forum the same day as lee_UK and I've exceeded 100 posts I've met the basic criteria to jump in on the introductions.

I got my start on guitar around age 12 when my sister decided to give up the guitar (it hurt her fingers) and my parents allowed me to take over her lessons. Now decades later, I still love the instrument both for the sounds it can produce and the aesthetics of it's construction.

I don't really know how many guitars and basses I currently own but I can tell you it exceeds 200 by a healthy margin. Of course, half that number would not be recognized as "real" musical instruments by accomplished guitarists since they were originally produced as beginner or intermediate grade student guitars. Although these budget guitars do have their faults, I find that they are a rich source of new tones and musical inspiration.

I've played bass in my current band since the year 2000. We are not much of a gigging band; in fact our last gig was almost 6 months ago. We spend most of our time writing, rehearsing and recording original music.

I'm only an ocassional poster on Guitar Site due to the fact that I'm a forum moderator on my own site VintAxe was born out of my frustration with the lack of information available on "Catalog Guitars" of the 60's and 70's. From the humble beginnings of a few online guitar photos, VintAxe has grown into one of the most valuable guitar resources available for people seeking information on less popular guitar brands. A quick visit to the Catalog Section of VintAxe will give you an idea of the range of instruments we cover.

I don't really consider myself a guitar expert since I'm a hobbyist, not a professional dealer. However, I have spent a considerable amount of time perusing vintage guitar catalogs and reading guitar books published by the experts. If you post a "what kind of guitar is this?" question, on the Guitar Site Forum I will certainly do my best to give you a constructive response. I may not know the answer, but I might be able to steer you in a direction that helps you find an answer. I've also been known to foolishly respond to questions about current guitar values.

Ok, that's more than enough about me. I really enjoy the community at Guitar Site, it's a great place to talk guitar.

Your faithful member,


Benny, had a listen to your site and I like the first track very much (early pink floyd way) but the intros take a while, as you probably know. Good to see SB on this thread, too. For all those "I have a guitar, what is it?" threads posted here, a simple Google turns up very highly in the list. Invaluable.

This is our bands first posting on youtube, it's our covers band The Stone Monkeys, im on the right with my trusty old SG unfortunatly the clip cuts out as my solo starts, but hey ho, Joe Perry wont be losing sleep, the clip was taken on a mobile phone so the audio quality and mix isn't too clever.

lee_UK wrote:
This is our bands first posting on youtube

I hope it won't be the last post....excellent!

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