Rory’s first guitar which he played from the age of 9 at talent contests across his hometown of Cork City, Ireland.
“I’ve still got a three-quarter size guitar I had when I was nine. It was in my grandmother’s attic for years and I’d forgotten about it. I had a piece of a school ruler on it in place of a bridge. I did that because I used to play it for hours and hours and my fingers would start to blister like mad. The only strings you could buy in those days were heavy gauge, so I tried to shave the bridge down but I didn’t have enough sandpaper, so I stuck a piece of a ruler on instead of the bridge. The only trouble was that if you hit it really hard, it would fall over (laughs).”
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