Ana Popović: “I don’t want anything that is not legit on my stage. When it’s a cheap drum kit or a cheap bass, I hear it and it bothers me”

Ana Popovic
(Image credit: Harry Herd/Redferns)

In this instalment of Bought & Sold, the blues-rock powerhouse and Fender Stratocaster aficionado Ana Popović swings by to talk about her biggest gear hits and misses, and shares some tips on gear shopping, too.

Spoilers: there are no beginner electric guitars here. Popović nails her colors to the mast here, favouring vintage and Custom Shop Strats – and woe betide any of her band who comes onstage with anything shonky.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.