Buddy Guy says he and his pals would stash their wine in the back of his old Fender Bassman

The rule that says guitar amps and beverages should be kept apart is one to live by. No matter how cold, refreshing and convivial the drink, any liquid is not going to play well with electronic circuitry, and it’s game over with a hot vacuum tube.

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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.