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I´m Per Ahlbom, born 1964, restaurantmanager with lots of kids.

Started to play on mom´s classic guitar which I ruined by putting steels on it. At the age of fourteen a friend decided that it was a good idea to form a band and so we did. He played the bass on my cheap electric guitar wich happened to have only the four lowest strings at that time. I played mom´s guitar with some kind of pickup and the drummer had a kit that looked like a toy drumkit. We hardly knew how to tune our instruments and the thing with keys was a mystery, but we had fun and felt like real stars; we had a band! I gradually realised that I was born with more love for music than talent but that didn’t put me down, so over the years to come I played in different bands and in different styles like blues, reggae & rock. A few years ago I was invited to sit in with Movio by long time friend Kristjan, and I gladly accepted.

My first musical influences was Bethooven and my mothers old singles by the Platters, Fats Domino, Elvis, the Golden Gate Quartet etc. The latter preparing my ears for the first encounter with the blues, which was love at first “earsight”. I think I was about twelve when an aunt played the Bob Marley album “Babylon by bus” for me, and that was the next musical love of mine. The first jazz that became important to me was Billie Holiday, just a thin line from the blues, but with another tonal expression. I also had a period as a teenager when punk was a cool thing. Sex Pistols, Sham 69, The Clash, The Ramones and Swedish pioneers Ebba Grön where the heroes! From there the doors went wide open to take in just about everything that was good music; Stravinskij, BB King, Dio, Culture and Charlie Parker has been around ever since. 

My oldest guitar, still in my possession, is a 1989 Japanese Fender Stratocaster ´62 reissue. Even if it has new Dunlop 6100 frets and and slightly disparate setup of pickups ( neck Seymour Duncan “the Stack”, middle Seymour Duncan “ Quarter Pounder” and bridge Seymour Duncan “Hot rails”) and shows signs of heavy wear from some 300 gigs it has surely stod the test of time. Usually tuned in Eb this is a lovely guitar and a perfect allrounder. These days I string all my electrics with 10-46.  
The Yamaha AEX 502 has been with me a couple of years and it´s  a hollowbody with P-90 style pickups. Its looks are deceiving, having a “jazzy” vintage look about it, but this really is quite an aggressive guitar with lots of attitude. Besides being a bit unstable when it comes to tuning, and probably needing a setup by a professional, it’s a highly recommended buy if you want an inexpensive guitar with lots of character. 
Recently I stumbled over a 1983-84 Aria Pro 2 Inazuma-V. With a poplar body and a maple neck this is a project that’s going to transform into what hopefully will be a serious player.
 A black Strat is never wrong, is it? My “blackie” was built from scratch by good friend, virtuoso stringbender and guitartech Hans Bobbo Sjöblom. It was originally meant to be a backup for himself, but I was fortunate enough to be able to buy it from him. A quartersawn German sycora maple neck and vintage style pickups wound by the Wiz himself makes this -67 look/ 50´s neck profile guitar a real goodie. The kind of instrument that if you pick it up to take a couple of chords you´ll be stuck playing it for a long time.

My main amp is a 1964 Selmer Treble n´Bass 50 modified to a Mesa Boogie Mk2b. It’s a moody, difficult amp to play and really need to be cranked up loud to sound at its best. I run this thru 1 x 12 or 4 x 12 cabinets depending on the situation and level of lazyness.

I form my sound thru my Boss GT-8 most of the times, wich is a serious piece of equipment. Sometimes I´ll just settle for a distortionpedal and maybe a wahpedal.

Then there´s a small practiceamp at home and a 1974 Pearl combo that will be needing some maintenance soon.
 

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