Shut up and play your guitar

You know you’re in trouble when you spend more time looking at your gear than beating three chords and the truth from it. Too much reverence is leaving good instruments under-employed. It’s time to kick over the pedestal. As Frank Zappa once said: ‘Shut up and play yer guitar.’ And only polish the thing if you really have to. Words: Ed Mitchell.

There was a time when guitar heroes would plunder pawnshops in sleepy American hamlets and have it away on their toes with armfuls of future classics. It was a perk of the job, a reward for living out of a suitcase for months on end.

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