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Do you ever feel pain in your finger joints or hands after years of playing?
José Bellanger, via Facebook
“I do have a tendency, if I’ve been playing a lot on tour for a really long improvised solo section, sometimes to get numbness in my fingers and sometimes I can get cramps. I try to ensure that doesn’t happen: I drink a lot of water – that’s important – and sometimes I’ll take an anti-inflammatory.”
What is your favourite guitar to play live?
Aaron, Hemel Hempstead
“I guess it goes without saying that it’s a Les Paul! I have four main guitars on the road, and backups, so eight guitars on tour. They’re all variations of the standard Les Paul, and they all have similar [slim 60s-profile] necks. I have guitars for different tunings, so for the songs that are in standard, I’ve got one of the AFD Slash models and another one for the half-step down songs. Then I have a Standard, which is basically a reissue of my ’88 Standard, another Slash model, and I use that for Slither. I’m not super-choosy. If I break a string, I can go from a Standard to an AFD. It’s not a big deal.”
So, there’s not one that you treasure more than another?
“Not on the road. These are basically all new guitars. The reason behind the AFD was to take the model I use in the studio and make it available to play live, so I don’t feel as sentimentally attached to it, or worried about something happening to it.”