Photo of Ian playing his fender Strat

Playing on a hot sunny day

Ian's Hobbies

Yes, I do play the guitar. In my photo I am holding a Fender Strat - a "modernized" Stratocaster with a Floyd-Rose locking tremolo. This tremolo works well and keeps the guitar in tune, but replacing strings (and tuning) is slow and painful... I also have a Takamine classical guitar, and a Fender Jazz bass copy.

I don't play much these days, due to work and a sore back. The photo is of me a few years back: my hair color is, alas, somewhat different now.....

Thoughts on Guitars and Performing

...the guitar is really a percussion instrument..." (Martin Grant, 1991)
"....but this amplifier doesn't go up to eleven..."
"We may be bears, but we're dancing bears!"
"What do you mean there's no beer?"
"Aieee! The look -- the look!!!!!
...(Various quotes from "The Red Shift Blues Band", 1990-1992)
I never practice my guitar… from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat. (Wes Montgomery)
Saxophones are sleazy, bass has balls, but only an electric guitar can be truly obscene. (Frank Zappa)