This is the headstock of my very old, but trusty Fender Stratocaster that I used to “…make them cry or sing” when I played Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” live in a pub in Leeds (when I say Leeds I mean out in the sticks in the back of beyond!).

The guitar was “given” to me by the band’s keyboard player and singer Les who owned the local video library…so now I’m dating it! Of course, it was the audience who were tending to cry when we played this fine song…we had a “get ’em off” tray that used to circulate while we played. We always said, if we raised £400 we’d stop playing…the band played on, we weren’t that bad!

We’re heading into the time of year when it is difficult to get out when it’s light…although I was out at sunrise this morning…but it was flat grey so nothing worth shooting, except a very nice large Grey Stork…but I had the wrong lens on my camera (a very common complaint!). So you get a shot of part of the headstock of my bass guitar, which I liked becasue it reminded me of the lines and curves theme I had a few weeks ago…and these lines and curves were sat about 6 feet behind me all the time!

It was my intention to head out to the coast today but the weather was overcast and it was an hour and a half drive, each way…so I decided to stay at home and catch up on some chores.

This is a shot of my Fender Squire Bass guitar composited onto a new background. It’s always amazing to me how different you can make a picture look in photoshop.

The reference to the Barracuda Bass Sound is based on the 12 inch mix of a Stranglers song that featured said bass sound.

I have a small collection of guitars, this is the 2nd oldest but most battered one. My Fender Stratocaster made numerous appearances in a small variety of bands in the 90’s but hasn’t been used, as far as I can remember for about 15 years. I brought it down from the spare room about a year ago to clean it up and re-string it…it’s still waiting for that to happen!


073/366 – E

This is the E string and nut on my Fender Bass. The only guitar of mine I have left to photograph is my Mandolin – I nearly did it yesterday, but it needs a good clean and completely re-stringing which will take a while. Fortunately, none of my other guitars have been included in my 366 project – they make a good emergency fall back 😉

The E string on my Fender bass


047/366 Pump Up The Volume

This is my bass amp – a 15w Fender Rumble – the times of needing a 100w monster are, sadly, long gone – but this does me nicely for keeping my eye in.

Pump Up The Volume - my bass amp

I’ve played the guitar, on and off, since I was 14 and now have a 4 guitars and a mandolin. This is my Fender Gemini acoustic – a great guitar that I’ve had for about 15 years now.