Fender 60s Classic Player Stratocaster with Pau Ferro Fretboard in Sonic Blue
This has been my favourite guitar for four years now, for my live gigs and in the studio. It is amazingly versatile, has the widest range of tone colours in the pickups I've ever heard, with great switching facilities, and will cover almost all of the styles I play, from rock to funk to dreamy, near-acoustic noodling. I say 'almost', because there are a couple of things that I think my Gibson Les Paul gold-top will always do better, and that's the solo to 'Alright Now', when I play that with my old school band, slide guitar, which I mainly do in the studio for some tracks, these days, and, of course, blues lead guitar, because the resonance through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp is just to die for.
Best guitar and amp on the market
The day I bought them
Two talented artists, Sonja Kristina on my right, and Jane Nicola Douglas on my left
I hadn't seen these two for some time when we met up in Bloomsbury for a natter a couple of years ago, and it was lovely to see them both.
They are both supremely talented, Sonja Kristina was, of course, the lead singer of the prog-rock band Curved Air, and this was after she had sung in the London cast of the first rock musical Hair, in the very early 70s and is now busy touring and recording with the reformed Curved Air, with a couple of the original members, and some of my mates, with whom I toured, playing bass, and recorded when Sonja wanted to explore the acoustic Roots movement, and with who I co-produced two albums.
Jane Nicola Douglas is a very talented singer-songwriter, and has a new album out. I mixed six of the songs recently, and have recorded two other albums with her. She is currently based in China, but files can be exchanged to and from anywhere these days. This was my first project in my Somerset recording and mastering facility