Consider this Esquire’s clarion call to all those out there making fools of themselves pretending to play guitar on utterly silly console games: wake up and smell the Jack Daniel’s. Being able to drunkenly stab at five separate colour-coded (oh, dear Lord, we’re back in kindergarden!) buttons — either in or out of time — does not an axe-wielding genius make. Just ask our art director.
Invest in the real thing and, we promise, armed with merely a few weeks’ study and four basic chords you’ll be playing AC/DC or Motörhead properly, with not a fake plastic aberration in sight. What’s more, looking friends squarely in the eye the next morning will no longer be a problem.
May we suggest you put your hard-earned towards an achingly cool PRS Mira X. Back in the Eighties, luthier (that's guitar maker to you and me) Paul Reed Smith began to make guitars that incorporated desirable features from both Fender and Gibson models — so we’re talking best of both worlds here, and the likes of Carlos Santana and Dave Navarro agree.
But the true beauty of the Mira X, apart from its double-cutaway, body-contoured classic looks, is its simplicity. PRS have taken out the complicated gubbins but left the quality where it was, so you won’t need to read five issues of Guitar Tw*t to work out how to plug it in, but it will still sound amazing and play just as well.
Now all you need is a bevvy of rock “chix” to impress. Sadly, we can’t help you with that.
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