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The Team Hutchins

We asked the team 16 questions each, here are the answers.

Gary Hutchins

One influence in the guitar making world.  Trev Wilkinson

First guitar bought? Gianini

How did you start in the guitar business? Death of my father

First musical instrument? Recorder

What non-musical thing can you not do without?  Bacon

Best gig seen? Earth Wind & Fire

First gig seen? The Jam

Favourite live album? Live and Dangerous .. Thin Lizzy

If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Grateful

Star Wars or Star Trek?  Star Trek

Play or Musical?  Play

Do you play or have any other artistic outlets?  I play the saxophone and I write.

First influence for music, artist, teacher etc.?  Music teacher at school (Bill Ellis).

You’re bored, what do you do?  Never bored

Can you cook? Brilliantly

Top five guitarists?  Eric Clapton , Prince , BB King , Gary Moore , Santana

Graham Stockley

One influence in the guitar making world.  Gerd Schaller

First guitar bought? Washburn Raven, transparent black, two pickups, double cutaway.

How did you start in the guitar business? I started at Rose Morris selling Ovation, Vox, Korg & Eko

First musical instrument? Oboe at school

What non-musical thing can you not do without? Batman

Best gig seen? Glenn Hughes with Doug Aldrich & Pontus Engborg in a small club in Munich

First gig seen? Hawkwind at the Lyceum in London

Favourite live album? Thin Lizzy Live & Dangerous even if it isn’t really all live.

If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Guitar-nerd (Should be one word even if it isn't)

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek

Play or Musical? Play

Do you play or have any other artistic outlets? I play in a band called PowNow. I draw.

First influence for music, artist, teacher etc.? School teacher Mr Nichols, an ex-session pianist (I think).

You’re bored, what do you do? Play guitar

Can you cook? Yes, kind of.

Top five guitarists? I can't do just five so here's the first five I can think of ... Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Mikael Akerfeldt and one more Philip Sayce and, and, and ...

Laura Libricz

One/biggest influence in the guitar making world. Ned Steinberger

First guitar bought? I've never bought a guitar but my first one was a Steinberger Black P-Series (bolt-on neck)

How did you start in the guitar business? I applied for a job at Steinberger Sound in Newburgh, NY in 1984 and got it

First musical instrument? My first musical instrument was a flute

What non-musical thing can you not do without? The written word

Best gig seen? There’s been too many good ones to pick a favourite. The best live band I’ve seen in the last few years would be The Temperance Movement. I’ve seen them 4 times now

First gig seen? Supertramp, 1978

Favourite live album? Either Frampton Comes Alive or Lynyrd Skynyrd

If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Difficult

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek

Play or Musical? Play

Do you play or have any other artistic outlets? I don’t play music anymore, I write. Words

First influence for music, artist, teacher etc.? When I was a little girl, about 4, there was a band up the street in a garage. They would start to play, we could hear them from everywhere, and I would go home and put on my white go-go boots and go up there and dance.

You’re bored, what do you do? Make up stories and conversations

Can you cook? I love to cook and I really love to bake

Top five guitarists?  What? Only 5?  OK: 1. Jimmy Page 2. Jeff Beck 3. Terry Kath 4. Stevie Ray Vaughn 5. Graham Stockley 6.Peter Frampton 7. David Gilmour 8. Eddie van Halen, behaving

Gerd Schaller

One/biggest influence in the guitar making world.  My Master - Herrman Ackermann

First guitar bought? Stromer classical - age 15

How did you start in the guitar business?  Education to a luthier 

First musical instrument? Melodica - age  6        

What non-musical thing can you not do without?  ?

Best gig seen? King Crimson

First gig seen? Motörhead

Favourite live album? Mothers Finest

If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Pure

Star Wars or Star Trek? Stars

Play or Musical? Play 

Do you play or have any other artistic outlets?  Painting, writing and percussion

First influence for music, artist, teacher etc.? Tyrannosaurus Rex

You’re bored, what do you do?  I become bored 

Can you cook? Yes

Top five guitarist?  Robert Fripp, Graham Stockley

Yvonne Mazkal

One/biggest influence in the guitar making world. Ned Steinberger

First guitar bought? I've never bought one but I had a Ukulele

How did you start in the guitar business? I was born into it, haha, my mum worked at Höfner while she was pregnant

First musical instrument? The Flute

What non-musical thing can you not do without? Cheese

Best gig seen? Don’t really go to gigs, I prefer throwing colour at people at the Holi Festival

First gig seen? See Above

Favourite live album? Cro – MTV Unplugged

If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Driven

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Lord

Play or Musical? Both

Do you play or have any other artistic outlets? Make Up !!

First influence for music, artist, teacher etc.? My Mum

You’re bored, what do you do? One word, Netflix

Can you cook? Not really, but I can eat.

Top five guitarists?  Slash, Ian D’sa (Billy Talent), Taylor York (Paramore), Ben Moody, Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy)