Patrick Deno's CVBK
Where: Bought it in Germany
When: A few years ago
Why: Best bang for the buck on a Jem (read: best I could afford)
How: Got the Jem7DBK then sent the neck off to Canada to Jeremy at LGM Guitars and had him do the custom work.
1st guitar: a customized cheap guitar
where: bought in my home country, indonesia
when: nearly 5 years ago
why: i just started learning guitar, so i got one of the cheapest out there
how: i needed a guitar for a gig at school. since it looked ugly, i customized it, changed the hardwares n stuff
2nd guitar: jem 7 dbk
where: bought from somebody in the states
when: last christmas
why: it was the cheapest jem i could find
how: it's supposed to be my birthday present, but i had to look around for a cheap jem and i only purchased it before christmas
3rd guitar: a yamaha classical
where: again in indonesia
when: about 6 years ago
why: my dad didn't play that much anymore, and he didn't wanna spend more money getting me a new guitar
how: my dad just gave it to me after seeing my interest in guitar
next guitar: not sure, probably a customized one..
1st Guitar: Oscar Schmidt Student Sized Acoustic
Where: Don't remember :lol:
When: I was 8, so...1992-ish?
Why: Wanted to learn guitar
How: Parents bought it for me
2nd Guitar: '97 Squier Affinity Strat (before they started thinning the body and shortening the scale)
Where: Don't know
When: Christmas 1997
Why: Actually wanted to learn guitar :lol:
How: Christmas present from parents as part of "Strat Pack" with amp, gigbag, picks, strings, strap, etc. Since been modified with a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge spot that I got for free from a friend of my Dad, and graphtech string trees.
3rd Guitar: Schecter Revenger-7
Where: John Bellones Music, London, Ontario
When: Christmas 2002?
Why: Really wanted a 7-string
How: Christmas present again from my parents
1st Bass: Fender Jazz Bass V
Where: John Bellones Music, London, Ontario (I'm guessing)
When: Christmas 2003
Why: Wanted a bass, mainly for recording, but also just for playing.
How: Christmas present, this time a surprise :lol:
I swear, next guitar I'm buying for myself lol My parents aren't rich or anything, they just really like to support me and my brother in anything we want to do with our lives. I felt bad by the time I got the bass because I knew we couldn't really afford it. But 2 seconds of playing it and I got over it :lol: But I pay for everything else (cables, strings, accessories, amp, floorboard, etc.).
first axe: greeta stratocaster copy where: local music shop when: 2000 why: wanted to play the guitar how: mom bought it for me
the guitar is now sold, let it go to get the second one. I regret it somehow, especially since my mom bought it. It was a bit like a gift. I'd buy it back from the guy if I could.
second axe: edr470 where: local music shop when: 2001? why: wanted a better guitar how: bought with the money I got when I had the other one sold, and with my mother's help
I like this guitar alot! It really feels like home.
third axe: rg2027x where: from ebay germany when: 2003 why: wanted a seven string
next axe: ? something with six strings, alder body, maple board, 22 frets, prolly no floyd, and most important, something I actually play before buying. The guitars I have are cool, but they lack this "love at first sight" thing if you see what I mean.
1990: First guitar - Late '80s Bright Red Kramer strat body with "EMG Select" humbucker. Horrid guitar. $200 brand new. Sold it as soon as I could afford my next guitar.
1991: '91 Pearl White Charvel 375 Deluxe - good guitar and a huge upgrade from the Kramer. Very hot bridge J90C pickup and Floyd. Traded it after about 2 years towards an amp.
1991: Mid '80s Black Gibson Flying V - Ebony fretboard, replaced original pups with open coil 500T @ bridge and covered silver PAF @ neck. Killer axe, although I sold it during my full shred phase since it had a fairly thick neck. I regret it now, it was an awesome tone machine and played great too, although not a shredder.
1993: '91 Black Charvel 475 Deluxe - This guitar was a casualty of the Grunge Revolution (ewww) that made guitars of this type very unpopular and also very cheap. Oh well, better for me to buy it at only $425 when it retailed for $1100 and sold for at least $800+ only 2 years before!! Totally sick shred machine, love it, still have it. With the active boost only midway the treble response is very strong and the bridge pickup shrieks during fast playing/sweeps. Basically a bolt on Jackson Pro.
1993: '90s(?) Westone X750 4-string bass. Great bass with graphite neck and so-so pups. Does fine for recording, which is all I use it for. I guess I do need to upgrade the pups, I just haven't gotten around to it in 11 years. The pups are pretty decent actually, oh well.
1994: '94 Black Gibson '76 Explorer Reissue - Got this one on a trade. Dirty Finger pups. I didn't like the smaller vintage frets and traded it after about a year.
1995: '95 Carvin DC127T ---All Koa, neck thru H-H, Wilkinson trem, still my favorite. Beautiful and toneful, also plenty of shred if you want it.
1996: '91 Ibanez UV7BK----Awesome guitar, also a victim of the alternative years, picked it up for $600. I labored for many hours to get this guitar setup the way I like it, but it's a total killer now.
1998-2002: The Dark Ages of guitar for me. Although I still played and did home recording, I kind of took a break from serious jamming, partially in disgust at all the garbage alternative and rap metal infesting the music world and devoted all my money to fast cars, my OTHER addictive/expensive habit. Still into cars bigtime.
2003: '03 Carvin C780 Acoustic/Electric - My first good acoustic, amazing/beautiful and quite fast. Inspired me to tackle some Al di Meola songs. A $600 guitar that hangs with $1000+ models from other manufactuers, NICE. (I don't count the basically toy Global acoustic my parents bought for me when I was about 6 years old, so this is my first real acoustic)
2004: '04 Fender Telecaster - Twang King. In my hands, a mutated shred twang king though. First maple fretboard ever for me, I love this thing. Another guitar that shrieks on the high notes, the shrieks can be painful to the ears at times, but a good type of pain. :twisted:
To be continued........when I either save some more money or just say to hell with it and buy something anyway..............
* Washburn N3: Bought: 5 weeks ago from USA (in use)
* Custom PRS Replica/JEM Hybrid: Still being built!!!!!
* RG550 w/maple neck: bought 7 months ago from USA, sold in Ireland 5 weeks ago
* S470: Bought 9 months ago from USA, sold in Ireland 4 months ago
* JS-100tr: Bought Sept. 2003 in UK (in use)
* Kramer Imperial Dimaond PLate Explorer: Bought 12 months ago in USA, sold in Ireland 10 months ago
* Epiphone Les Paul Quilt Top Custom: Bought August 2002 (still in use)
* Samick Acoustic: bought 1991 (retired)
* TCS Semi-Acoustic: bought 3 months ago (in use)
* Yamaha RGX-121fp: Bought 1991 (retired)
That covers guitars - now Amps & other "toys"
* Marshall 350DFX Amp: Bought in Ireland Sept 2002 (in use)
* Korg G3 Processor: Bought in 1991 (in use)
* Morely Bad Horsie: Bought sept 2002 (in use)
* Boss ME-30: Bought Sept 2002 (in use)
* Marshall 9002 Preamp: bought 1991 (in use)
* MXR 3 Band EQ: Bought 1991 (still in use)
As for pickups - may as well list them with the guitars:
* Epi Les Paul: EMG Zakk Wylde 81/85 Set
* Ibanez RG550: DiMarzio Steve Special, DiMarzio PAF Pro, IBZ S-1
* JS100tr: DiMarzioPAF Pro, F.R.E.D.
* Yamaha RGX121fp: DiMarzio Evo neck, DiMarzio Evo Br, DiMarzio Blue Velvet s/c
* Ibanez S470: DiMarzio Evo neck, DiMarzio Evo Br, DiMarzio Blue Velvet s/c
* Custom PRS Replica: DiMarzio An/Tz combo
* Washburn N3: Seymour Duncan '59 (Neck), Seymour Duncan Dimebucker (bridge)
* TCS Semi Acoustic: Fishman Piezo
* Kramer Imperial: EMG 81/81 set
I'd need to go back through my lists, but there've been over (300) in the last 13 years. The bulk have been Ibanez, Gibson, Fender and PRS but there've been Hamers, Gretsch, Epiphone, Jackson, Lowden, Lakewood, Guild, Takamine, Rick Turner, Renaissance, Fernandes, Tacoma, Martin and probably a few others as well.
Ugh...makes my head hurt just thinking about it! Almost seems like a disease or something
where - ??? Dunno
when - 96 or 97 I think
why - Wanted to strat playing guitar
how - Gift off my dad
Really terrible guitar imo. It was ok to learn on I suppose, and it did give me i nice ability to be able to play the high fret really easily on most guitars with huge neck joints :lol:
where - Fair Deal Music (Birmingham, UK)
when - 2002
why - Needed something better to play, for both feel and sound
how - Student Loan!!! 8) :lol:
I just really went into the shop and had a go on a few guitars and settled on this one, mainly because it had an ok distorted sound and a much nicer clean sound than the others ones there. The pickups have a bit of a harsh edge to them that, when combined with position 2 or 4 and the volume rolled off a bit, gives me one of the nicest clean sounds I have found on a guitar. a nice responsive top end with an acoustic is sound overall.
I could really do changing some of the electronics on it now though, and blocking the trem perhaps.
Peavey Wolfgang QT Special
where - Sound Control (Birmingham, UK)
when - 2003
why - Was looking for another guitar and tried one at a guitar show and loved it
how - Student Loan Again!!!
When i tried one I really fell in love with everything about the guitar. At first I was just looking for a backup to the Ibanez, but playing this has pretty much retired the RG. The more I play it, the more I apreciate how damn good it feels and sounds, especially for the cost. The only thing i would change would be to add some more top end definition to the neck pickup, because it gets too thick and un-defined through my Cornford MK50.
where - Fair Deal Music
when - 2004
why - I wanted a cheap fixed bridge 7 string. Had a go on a few and this came out on top
how - Yet another Student Loan!!!
I had a go on a Jackson 7, a couple of schecters and the Ibanez. I generally prefered the feel of the Ibanez over the others, even though i prefer thicker necks than Ibanez's usually have I really find this one quite good. It sounded better than the Schecters, but there wasn't much in it.
I want to change the pickups and replace the bridge saddles(Still haven't got round to that) as it eats strings a bit too much. I use 11s in standard tuning and its ok at the moment though.
next guitar - There won't be a new one for quite a while now I think. I have toying with a few ideas for when I do get a new one. These inclued an MIA Peavey Wolfgang, a Jem 7vwh to replace the RG or a custom 7 string based on a modified wolfgang type guitar, I described my ideas for it in another thread.
Other than guitars I am VERY happy with my amp setup:
Cornford MK50 -> Cornford 4x12 (V30's)
It sounds AWESOME! I am more in love with it every time I play through it. 8)
I am slowly replacing all of my cables with good ones and I plan to get a descent wireless unit soonish, but other than that I have no more gear plans for a while. It's about time I got driving lessons I suppose.
first: some black strat-style samick cheapie... modded with a floating trem. traded a year or two later on a...
second: Ibanez RG770... pretty, but the ultra-thin neck drove me up the wall by not staying in tune. sold to make way for...
third: UV777BK.... simply brilliant. great sound, easy to set up, very (and probably most) consistent. a keeper.
<from here on I'm not too sure of the order they were bought/sold in>
fourth: Jem 90HAM... nice tone, very bright. the rough finish kept irritating my forearm though. played it less and less. sold eventually...
fifth: Jem 10th.... bought on Ebay for low USD$2k. This is most certainly the 'mecca' Jem - everyone should have one at some point. When I opened the case.. "WOW!!!!!". Still got it, not lettin it go.
sixth: Jem 77GMC (green swirl)... saw this one in a shop before I knew what they were (and what they were worth), passed on it. it reappeared in the classifieds a few months later for even less. snapped it up quick smart (the owner wanted to make sure it was going to someone that would appreciate it). nearly sold it, but came to my senses, still got it. no plans to sell.
seventh: Ibanez JX70 acoustic/electric... about time I had a half decent acoustic. pretty in green transparent.
eighth: JS1000BP.... big Joe fan. it was only a matter of time. nice tone, nice feel, very versatile tonally. surprised they're not more popular... still got it.
nothing's really taken my fancy since.... would love an FP, but they are ridiculously expensive in Australia now, simply not worth it for a guitar that's not really any different than it was when released.