I have recently added a new guitar to the live show, replacing the previous black Gretsch Electromatic. The new one is made by Line 6 and is called a Variax JTV-69. It is a modelling guitar which means that it has the capability to sound like many different types and makes of famous guitar. These include Fender Strat, Telecaster, Rickenbacker, 12 string, acoustic guitar, sitar, banjo and many more. It is great to play with a nice fast action which makes solos easier and chords sound better high up the neck. Now when I drop in a bit of AC/DC I can flip to the Les Paul hum bucker setting and get that Angus Young sound, then for a bit of country dial up a Gretsch twang sound or a nice bit of Telecaster. For some Irish tracks I can then switch to an acoustic dobro sound then add a bit of banjo for a solo. Its a lot of fun and makes things interesting for me up on the stage when I can adjust the sound from the guitar itself before it hits the amp simulator. For more info about this you can visit www.line6.com and look for the Variax JTV-69 guitar. I like the look of the new Variax with the sunburst colour a bit similar to the guitar that I was using in Lanzarote. The difference between the two guitars is the lack of annoying acoustic feedback, the modelling and a much faster cutaway neck which meant that when strung with 9s the guitar became a rock monster. It actually makes me play differently, with a better sound and instead of avoiding some high solo guitar areas I can launch into some more twiddly solos without feeling that my fingers are going to get worn away with the effort.