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Strings unplugged

This is the coolest month of the year, but not because of the weather. April happens to be the International Guitar Month and is celebrated worldwide with much fanfare by music lovers.

music Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:07 IST

This is the coolest month of the year, but not because of the weather. April happens to be the International Guitar Month and is celebrated worldwide with much fanfare by music lovers. Delhi too has a number of talented guitarists, who can create lilting tunes by just tweaking a few strings. We got the city’s young guitarists to tell us about their long association with the guitar, the music that they play and also talk about the models of the guitars that they own. We also give you a low down on the places from where you can pick up guitars in the city.

On the occasion of International Guitar Month, Delhi guitarists share with us their experiences

Where to buy guitars in Delhi
Raj Musicals: While acoustic guitars start at a range of Rs 2,200 onwards, the electric versions, which are equipped with amplifiers, are priced at Rs 5,000 and above here. Where: 2188/6 Main Patel Nagar Road, West Patel Nagar, opposite Metro Pillar No. 224
Tel: 011- 25700413

Bhargava’s: Here, the acoustic guitars for beginners start at Rs 1,500 onwards for Indian makes and the imported ones at Rs 4,000 onwards. Electric guitars start at Rs 6,500 onwards.

Where: 2-B, Netaji Subhash Marg, main Road Daryaganj; Tel: 011- 43513848

Music Bazaar: They sell as well as give guitars on rent. While acoustic guitars can be bought for Rs 2,000 onwards, the electric guitars start at Rs 4,000. The charges for renting a guitar depends on the make and the kind of guitar you want. Renting charges start at Rs 200. Where: Sarawat Market, MG Road, Sukrali, near Hanuman Mandir, Gurgaon; Tel: 9212347774

On Stage: It is one of the five musical shops that stand together in a row in Lajpat Nagar and is preferred by some of the Delhi-based bands. While the acoustic guitars start at a price of Rs 3,400, the electric guitars can be bought for Rs 9,100 and above. Where: B-97, Lajpat Nagar-I, near Krishna Market; Tel: 011- 29812997

Saurabh Jain, 24, Nasha
Jain has been playing the guitar for the past eight years now. But he was passionate about it since his childhood. He still remembers the moment when he held it for the first time. “It was an awesome experience,” he says. Jain currently owns an Epiphone by Gibson, which he bought it from Furtados in Delhi for Rs 25,000.

Nikhil Malik, 22, Half Step Down
After playing the keyboard for six years, Nikhil moved on to play the guitar. “My first guitar was a gift from my mom and it was a Gibson. She gave it to me when I was 16 years old and told me that playing the guitar is a lot cooler than the keyboard,” he says. He saved money while working with a call centre in Canada to buy his first guitar, a Paul Reed Smith acoustic, for $420. “I also own a fancy Jackson guitar,” he says.

Rajat Verma, 25, Jazba
Verma plays for Delhi-based band, Jazba. The band is into Sufi pop music. Remembering his first public performance with his guitar, Verma, who was 17 years old at that time, says, “It was a professional gig at the British Council Library and I was very nervous. But once the performance was over, everything seemed so chilled and we decided to party.” He currently owns a Ibanez guitar that he bought from a friend for Rs 45,000.

Zaman Khan, 22, Astitva
Zaman got his first guitar as a gift when he turned 12. “My first guitar was a Hobner acoustic. Now, I have a custom made ESP that I got upgraded,” he says. As Astitva is a multi genre band that’s mostly into Hindi music, Zaman plays a variety of genres ranging from blues, pop, rock to Sufi. “I got the guitar modified, so that I can produce more melodic and soft tones. It cost me around Rs 30,000,” he says.

Shashvat Pandit, 21, October
A stint with the performing arts classes in school changed Shashvat’s life. “I learnt how to play the guitar in sixth standard. I have been hooked on to it ever since,” he reveals. The first guitar that he owned was a Gibson (slim body one for beginners). But now, he has an impressive collection of guitars. “I own two acoustic guitars by Suzuki and Aria and two electric ones by Ibanez. I also have a Gibson Les Paul guitar that I got from the US,” he says.

Kern Dalton, 27, Punkh
Dalton started playing the guitar at the age of 12, and since then, there has been no looking back for this 27-year-old guitarist. He currently owns a Ibanez JEM guitar that he bought from Bangkok for Rs 60,000. Dalton earlier used to play for Sufi rock band, Nasya, but since the last four months, he has been associated with Punkh, which is usually into rock.

Anugrah Pandey, 24, Rishi Inc
Pandey is a bass guitarist for the Delhi-based band, Rishi Inc. His musical journey began in his school days. He found the bass guitar appealing and it has stuck with him ever since. He currently owns two bass guitars — Samick standard 4 and Ibanez EDB-555 ergodyne 5. The former is a gift from a friend and the latter was bought by Pandey from Onstage Music Factory, Lajpat Nagar for Rs 33,000.

Vishwarup, 31, Undying Inc.
Back at his home in Shillong, everybody knew how to play a guitar. So, the instrument didn’t hold much appeal for Vishwarup. “But after graduation, my mom gifted me a guitar, as I was staying alone in Delhi. I started playing and learning on my own,” he says. He later joined Delhi School of Music and learnt western classical music. But he plays heavy metal and rock for Undying Inc.