Carmen Vandenberg: “I want to be the kind of guitarist who can do a show with nothing – just an amp and a guitar. But I'm a geek, and I love pedals!”

Carmen Vandenberg
(Image credit: Tyler Lee Aubrey)

Carmen Vandenberg is no different to the rest of us. The Jeff Beck and Bones UK guitarist had a topsy turvy 2020, but unlike most, she even had to take a leave of absence from her electric guitar after taking a tumble in a skateboarding accident.

“I was laughing when it happened,” she says. “I have literally spent half of my life doing crazy stunts on stages, jumping into audiences. The day before I broke it, I climbed a mountain of 8,000ft, with sheer drops of 100ft, without the right equipment, and then here I am, just on my street, skateboarding with my neighbors' kids and I break my arm.”

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.