|Twanging the ol' Fender Bass VI|
I have played in several bands over the years, none of which amounted to anything much but since moving to Wales in recent years I have found much more opportunity for meeting and playing with other musicians. I have play guitar, bass and Bass VI with The Spookers and for a few dates in 2014 I was asked to join renowned Welsh psychedelic/space-rock band Sendelica as occasional stand-in bassist (i.e. for those gigs when their regular bassist wasn't available). I also appeared on Sendelica's Live At Crabstock album, playing rhythm guitar on "(The Return Of The) Maggot Brain".
I have dabbled in recording on and off throughout the past 25 years or so. Recording as Spurious Transients and drafting in various friends and fellow musicians to assist, I have recently self-released my first proper album, influenced by krautrock, the avant garde, and the Welsh countryside in which I live, and entitled Portraits Of A Landscape (available to buy as a CD or download here).
I am also the author of the book 500 Guitars as published by Chartwell Books in 2010. I have ideas for a second more highly-illustrated volume - if there are any backers out there interested in such a publishing venture, please contact me soonest.
You can email me with ideas for the blog, photos of your own interesting guitars (no off-the-shelf common or garden Strats, Les Pauls, etc, please), plus strange eBay finds, or general questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can find Guitarz on Facebook - feel free to post pics of your own guitars or recommend items for us to include on the blog.
Music fans may also enjoy reading my record reviews on my vinyl blog at Spirals In Wax.
Please note that I am available for copy editing, proofreading, editorial, writing work, etc.
G L Wilson
Current favourite guitars and basses:
- Shonky Custom 6+4 doubleneck - guitar and bass built to my own spec by Antony Moggridge
- 2 × ProBass Retrovibe EVO bass
- Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI
- ESP ETD Vintage 214 fretless bass
- DiMarzio "cellophane" Strat
- Feline "Holy Panther" Stratocaster
- Eko Ghost 6 (contemporary reissue of Vox Phantom 6)
- Yamaha SG-3, vintage solidbody electric from 1966, sunburst
- Aria Pro II TA-30 semi-acoustic electric (Matsumoku-made)
- Cheap Chinese no-name Tele