With all the demos I've been posting lately, I decided to toss up some pictures of the axes behind the scenes. These pictures were before I moved, some of the guitars are still at the parent's house, while most are with me (the electrics).
1st ROW (TOP from Left to Right)
1985 Kramer Focus 3000 - My first electric guitar
, heavily modified, I recently put some Gibson Speed knobs on it.
1995 Fender Jag-Stang - My #1 Axe. It had the EMG pickups in it when I got it. I've only had it about 5 years and the frets are already worn out on it because I play it so much. Billy G. has Pearly, Eric Clapton has Blackie, I have Nikki!
1986 Kramer Focus 3000 - I bought this for $150 with Hard Shell case at an Alabama pawn shop before I moved. Kind of a return to my roots, the red one had the same config as this when I got it.
2nd ROW (Left To Right)
199x Carlo-Robelli - An old band mate sold this guitar to me for $150 several months before I moved, then he started to buy it back off of me, and had only $50 to go on it before I moved. It's still at home waiting for him to pay the final $50 for me to let it go! If it stays too long, when I come back to visit, I'm shipping it to my new home!
2003 First Act Discovery - I found this in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart a year back while doing well with money and in a pissy mood about my work environment. This is that little kid's guitar, which I saw as an opportunity to tune it up a couple steps. I took out the internal amplifier and put in a pair of single coils from a Harmony Student guitar, and a Switchcraft 3-Way, it sounds great now.
2001 M.J. Guitars Excalibur - It's actually a Hondo Deluxe Series 780 Explorer body with a Kramer Striker ST-100 neck on it, and Kramer/Peavey humbuckers. The Tremelo is a custom one-off I made out of a Harmony strat copy bridge and a seriously screwed cast magneisum Kahler clone, and surprisingly, it works great. Kind of like a Kahler-Rose or a Floyder if you get my drift.
ROW 3 (Left To Right)
2001 M.J. Guitars Classic H - The neck that came off this went to my Explorer, and I put a Warmoth EVH style neck (feels a bit like a Peavey Wolfgang
) from a $40 parts guitar I bought at a pawn shop on it. It has an original Floyd Rose. I took the Hondo pickup out of it before moving and put a Peavey Nitro humbucker in there, and I plan to swap it to a DiMarzio Super II from a local store since the Peavey died in the move. The pickguard is a self-stick floor tile from the dollar store.
198x Arbor Strat Copy - I stupidly gave a beautiful Black Squier Strat with blue moto pickguard to an ex-girlfriend, who let a "friend" spend the night and steal it. So I happened to dig this monster up at a pawn shop for $45 when it refused to work for me. All it needed was the pots and 5-way cleaned. I later took out the middle tone control and put in a 2 way switch to allow for 2 more pickup combinations. This picture is way out of date as I ditched the red plywood body for a black painted Alder DiMarzio strat body. It needs a proper strat tremelo though (that's the proper depth as the original body was too thin), but it still works as a hardtail.
1982 Yamaha G245S-II Classical - The guitar I started out on, I keep it back home because it both A.) Does not require an amplifier to sound it's best (It's loud enough by itself), and B.) It means a LOT to me so I don't want it in harms way. It is fun to pull out during power outages.
Row 4 (Left To Right)
1987 Casio DG-10 Digital Guitar - I bought this for $50 bux, blew it up, then spent $250 having it repaired. I got it because I was too chicken to learn keyboards in high school, and wanted something to play synth on. It stayed home because I did not have room for it AND my Yamaha PSR-270.
1987 B.C. Rich Ironbird Bass - My one and only bass guitar. It was hanging on the wall at Bubba Lewis's music next to a pile of the usual Precision and Jazz Basses, and I tried it out once, and it was this or a phaser pedal. The ONLY modification is that I put some Seymour Duncan Invader aluminum oxide cap screws in the P-Bass pickups. It sounds like no other bass I've ever played.