I have played guitar since the age of 13 (I think). Over the years, I have played in many bands and had a lot of fun. Children ended the fun (just kidding…..). However, me and some buds still take the old axes out for a drive now and again, and sometimes it don't suck too bad!!!
1975 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail, maple neck, Olympic White (now Armpit Yellow)
My mom bought me this in January 1976 (I was 16!!) for $275. It replaced my Fender Mustang (which I sold for $125). Other than the volume pot and some hardware that dissolved from my sweat, and a recent re-fret job, it is all original!! Notice where the paint has been worn through with use (this is very smooth, not chipped). After the re-fret and setup, this baby plays better than it did in 1976!! Since the neck had to be sanded (the finish removed), it now collects all that cool looking crud between the frets that you see on so many old axes…..groovy!!!
1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, black with white binding, with "mini-humbuckers",
I just got this (03-08-03) after having Les Paul lust for several years now. It is all original except for the jack. It has been played, has some buckle-rash and chips around the edges, but that just adds to the charm of this screamer. It plays like butter and sounds like you expect a Les Paul to; however, the bridge pickup is very bright compared to other Pauls. The clarity and definition of chords, even under massive overdrive, is incredible - you can hear each note clearly in the midst of the onslaught!!! Ahhhh…...
1977 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail, maple neck, Chocolate Translucent
I bought this in 1986 as a backup gigging guitar for $400. I plays well, but sounds a little different than the '75 (still better than most of the crap today). The pickguard is not original (it had a brass one when I bought it?!?!), but as far as I know everything else is.
1978 Fender Precision Bass, maple neck, Olympic White (refinish, was translucent red)
Bought this from my friend Brian a few years ago...always wanted one….the ONLY bass I'll ever need!!! (sorry, Curt)
200? Gibson Les Paul Special, Cinnamon, P100 Humbuckers
Bought this from "Musicians Friend" in fall 2003 after reading good reviews. It plays pretty well, the pickups sound OK but it may need some replacements to kick it up. They are not as "raw" as P90s, but they are much quieter. Jeff Jr. has gravitated to this for his metal worship, rather than using his….
200? Fender Competition Mustang Re-issue, Red with white stripe, made in Japan
This is one sweet little guitar. The fit and finish is beautiful, and it plays and sounds better than I remember my original Mustang ever did. The only problem was the whammy bar….it was impossible to keep in tune. Thus, I "hard-wired" the tailpiece and bridge and now it is pretty solid.
2002 "Applause" by Ovation acoustic-electric.
Plays OK, sounds OK, so I guess it's OK - has a plastic rounded back like the expensive Ovations…...it sounds better mic'ed than the built-in pickup does. Fun for bashing out old Beatles tunes and building up your fingers (strength and calluses).