Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What You Play And What You Play With

This month I’ve posted a few news stories and web links that I’ve had hanging around for a long time and, keeping up with that theme, today I’m going to put up a quote I’ve had for a long time.

I’ve wanted to write something to go along with this, but I’ve never gotten around to writing anything. Someday I’ll get back to this.

Today’s post is a quote about guitars.

I did a post a while back about some of the things I think about when I pick out a guitar.

Quasi Una Red Guitar Fantasia

I do get attached to things, but I don’t get, so to speak, religious, about my attachments. I like my guitar very much, but if I could afford it I’d almost certainly replace it with one of the new Moog guitars or a semi-custom Carvin synth access guitar.

Today’s post is a quote about equipment from a punk guitar player.

Now, I read a lot of interviews. I love talking to people and I love listening to people talk. (With some very rare exceptions.) But these days—especially in mainstream magazines—you read a lot of really stupid things. Almost everything that appears in mainstream publications (or at mainstream websites) is idiocy crafted to support mindless fashion and mindless consumerism.

I’m not particularly a fan of the punk world—although I certainly liked the movie “Sid and Nancy”—and I never would have expected a punk musician would say anything I’d want to put up on my blog. But that’s one of the weird things about reading a lot of interviews: Every now and then—once or twice a year?—someone completely surprises you and makes the whole endeavor extra interesting.

So here’s Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols answering 06/10 Guitar World’s insipid question about his equipment.

What is your favorite piece of gear?

I haven’t got one because I don’t get attached to things like a lot of people do. A lot of guitar players collect loads of guitars and all that, but that is not my thing. If someone offered me the right price for my Les Paul, I would fuckin’ sell it. At the end of the day, it’s how you play that matters, not your gear.

Inquirer: Steve Jones
By Joe Matera
Guitar World, June 2010

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