Trapped in Purgatory’s Jon Hoare: “I don’t go for expensive gear. If I can make it from the car to the rehearsal room in one trip, then it’s mission accomplished” – Guitar World

“I started learning bass when I was in high school. Two friends had bought starter guitars, and I was the designated bass player. We were going to form the best metal band ever. We had stage sets designed and a plan for a huge gig in the school hall before we could even play a note together. 

“We really didn’t have a clue, although I think that out of the three of us, I ended up pursuing the dream more than either of them. I had lessons alongside a good friend of mine in school with a guitar teacher that they drafted in just to teach electric bass and guitar.  

“We managed to get in on the music at the right time, because Metallica, Iron Maiden and Anthrax were releasing killer albums and metal was on the rise. Our teacher basically worked out riffs to Dio and Scorpions songs, blues progressions and anything else that we wanted, recorded them on to cassette, and then we hurried home to learn them. Nothing formal, but great fun. The way learning an instrument should be. 

“I started out with a Commodore model 181 hollow-body bass guitar. It was Japanese, made circa 1970, and my dad and I bought it from a guy in a housing estate somewhere. All I remember is that the guy had terrible halitosis. I’m not sure I could have bought a less suitable bass for metal. 

“After that I had a cheap Precision copy, a Hohner Jack, a Columbus, a very