Hi Everyone! I'm Gautham from Bangalore, India and all over the internet my username appears as MetalheadGautham but due to an unfortunate limitation on username size in newer vBulletin forums like this I fell short of 1 character so had to abbrevate my name to MHG.

As my name suggests, I am a metal fan and listen to bands like Metallica, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Van Hallen, Megadeth, System of a Down, Def Leppard, AC/DC, etc. I also like classical rock of bands like The Eagles and Eric Clapton.

I am 18 years old right now (birthday was yesterday) and I started guitar late only at the age of 16. Due to education, I had to postpone learning guitar from classes for some time an year after starting though I continued playing at home and so I developed my own (rather unrefined) style of playing. I hope to start going to classes again now that I have finished school.

I play guitar by using my computer as an amplifier and effects box (using GNUitar or JackRack for effects and Hydrogen Drum Machine for beats) and have a cheap 18-fret local steel string acoustic guitar which is right handed, but I switched strings to play it left handed. It has a (rather horrible) single coil bridge pickup.

Since I have a lot of free time now, I joined this forum to improve my guitaring skills and also to help me buy an electric guitar.