“I lost my footing with the guitar off the hook. I get up thinking, ‘I've broken the guitar.’ I couldn't believe it”: When he was 15, Jared James Nichols played a high-end Flying V at a guitar store – but it almost ended in total disaster

Jared James Nichols with a Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

Jared James Nichols might have been labeled as “one of the true guitar heroes of our generation” by Youtuber Music Is Win – AKA Tyler Larson – but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the odd guitar gaffe. 

The blues rock ace recalled some of those gaffes in a recent interview hosted by Larson, during which he reflected on how a trip to Guitar Center when he was a youngster almost ended in utter disaster when he attempted to play a high-end electric guitar.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.