This is my Road Case which is, largely, a description of my gear, past and present, with a few stories. I’m copying this across from the old forum, pruning it a bit as I go.
I’m going to start with the guitars I don’t have any more:
Yamaha F310 Acoustic
This is the only photo of this I could find:
This was my first guitar.
I say “my first” as I actually shared a nylon-string acoustic with my elder brother when we were kids and, briefly, had a handful of classical lessons at primary school. I don’t remember why I stopped, but the guitar got broken when my brother was pretending to be a rock star whilst listening to music, and smashed the headstock on the door frame.
I say “my”, but it was actually my wife who bought it from Costco as, on an impulse she fancied learning to play. She gave up pretty much before she started. As the guitar was there I thought I should give it a go. I could actually remember some of the chords I had learned all those years ago at school. At that point I wasn’t really taking it seriously and just messing with it occasionally. Piano was my first choice of instrument and, at that point, I was spending more time on that.
PRS SE Singlecut
This is the best photo I have of this:
This was my first electric guitar. My brother-in-law, David, was living with us at the time and he used to play electric guitar when he was younger. He had been talking about starting again and buying himself one for ages. When we became friends with someone at our children’s school who was a professional rock guitar player, I think that fuelled his interest and he started saving up. When he went to buy it, I went with him to the guitar store. Whilst I was there, amongst the rows of electric guitars hanging on the walls, one stood out to me. I’m not sure why because it wasn’t particularly flashy or brightly coloured, but it just appealed. David saw my interest and said “You should get that, it’s a decent guitar”. So, on a whim, I did. He is a Tele guy, so he bought a Fender Tele Lite Ash (more on that later) and also bought the Cube amp in the photo, and said I could use it.
It was after buying this that I started getting serious about learning the guitar, and I think it was around that sort of time I discovered Justin on Youtube.
I was travelling a lot within the UK with work at the time, and one of the things that appealed to me about the electric guitar was I could easily take it with me and practice in the hotel room without really disturbing anyone.
It was a great guitar and I used it loads, but a few years ago I decided to upgrade so I sold it.
This is the only photo I can find of this:
In 2010 I was on a work contract where I had to work in Kuala Lumpur for several months. I was staying in a nice apartment in Mid Valley. Whilst I was there I decided I needed something to do, so I went to a local music shop and bought this. It’s a cheap copy of an Ovation with a bowl-style body and the odd sound holes. It wasn’t the best guitar in the world but it did the job whilst I was out there, and I decided I would bring it home with me when I came back to the UK.
I had it for a few years, and then decided to sell it at the same time as the Yamaha F310 when I decided to upgrade to a better acoustic guitar.
Redwood Bass guitar
The only photo I have of this is with the neck off whilst I was fixing it:
A few years ago I fancied giving bass a go, but didn’t want to spend a fortune on gear in case I decided it wasn’t for me. So I went on Gumtree and found a cheap bass guitar for sale, costing £40. To be honest, it was a cheap model (I think they were only around £120 new) and it was in a real state when I bought it; all the metal parts were rusty, the strings were in a shocking state, the electrics were noisy, and it had been strung completely incorrectly. Also a couple of the frets had loads of wear, and the whole thing was a grimey mess. I bought it as, not only could I use it to learn, but also I saw it as a project to see if I could restore it.
I cleaned everything up, fixed what I could and, for a while, this was my main bass guitar.
Here’s a video of me playing it (badly). Here I was taking part in a challenge on Scotts Bass Lessons:
When the Redwood finally died (the jack socket failed, and replacing it turned out to be tricky) I got a new one, so I nipped down to Andertons and bought the Yammy. I don’t have a photo of it, but I do have some video of me playing it for another SBL challenge:
And, yes, it does look very similar to the Redwood. I didn’t specifically set out to buy another black bass guitar, but it was the only colour they had in stock at the time.
I sold it to a friend last year when I got my latest bass (more on that in my next Road Case post).
The story behind this is, between March and August 2020, during the height of the Pandemic, I was in Singapore for work. I arrived in Singapore hours before they shut the borders and, a couple of weeks into my stay, they went into lockdown (or, as they called it, “Circuit Breaker”).
Our movements were restricted and all offices and most shops were shut. I was, mostly stuck in a small one-bedroom apartment for several weeks alone, doing video calls to my work colleagues and family and eating mainly use food delivery services. Unfortunately I also contracted Dengue Fever during this time to add to my misery. Luckily I got great treatment and recovered relatively quickly.
Around June, things started to open up a bit. After a few weeks I found a mall with some guitar shops, and eventually decided to buy a cheap guitar and amp, which became a valued companion for me whilst I was there.
I shot a video of me playing a fingerstyle version of Both Sides Now on it from my apartment:
I didn’t want to bring it back to the UK with me when I eventually came home, so I gave it away to a local friend’s 15 yr old daughter, Angelina. Here’s a couple of photos her mum took from when I met up with them to hand it over:
Apparently she is still using it to learn to play, and loving it:
For a while, we had a Yamaha Pacifica 112V in the house (sorry no photo). This was my daughter’s. We got it for her for her Birthday because she said it was what she wanted, but she never really took to it in the end, and I think I played it more than she did. She has since grown up, got married and moved home and she has it at her new house, and is still talking about learning.
I also had a Harley Benton GS Mini (again, no photo) for a while. I bought that as I was going camping and wanted something to take with me that was relatively small and that I wouldn’t worry about getting damaged or stolen. A while back lent it to my daughter as she thought it might be better for her to start learning on than the Pacifica, as she is quite small, and she has hung onto it, and keeps threatening to use it to learn on.