■ All my Guitars earn their keep. They are all workhorses.
■ I have about twelve guitars and a bass, including a few strats, some Gibsons, some Ibanez guitars, which I like to "frankenstein" (custom build), a few acoustics and a bass.
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■ Ibanez Guitars.
I mostly build my own Ibanez parts-casters with OFR trems and custom parts...
■ October 2023 | New Custom JEM Build (far left in photo)
■ During lockdown of 2020, I found my old Jem body and decided to try and find a nice RG550 Wizard style neck to go with it. That was like looking for a needle in a haystack, and the first two I bought from eBay were fakes. I eventually found one in 2021, and by that time I'd purchased an OFR trem for it.
■ The pickups in the Black JEM are directly from my Les Paul, but there are plans to get new humbuckers and electrics put in, over the course of 2023/2024. I'm in no rush, and having three working Ibanez guitars, all of them custom built to my needs/specs, means that for my live streams especially, I have less guitar switching to do.
■ The new black JEM is pictured far left on this photo, and when I get a chance, I'll be taking new photos of my guitar collection.
■ Custom Ibanez Jem | "Swirlie"
■ Built from a Nate Perle Swirl Maple Body, and an RG750 Wizard II neck in 2011.
■ Pickups are DiMarzio PAF Pro's and a JEM single coil. 250k pots, and an original Edge trem.
■ I use this for all of my widdly widdly guitar solos, and instrumental album releases. It has a great tone.
■ This guitar and my other Custom Ibanez Jem build get used lots on my live streams, as they have everything I need to play many different styles/genres.
■ Ibanez RG550 | Reverse Headstock Custom Build
■ An old Ibanez RG, reverse headstock, with a brand new OFR (Original Floyd Rose)
■ Pickups are stock (for now) but the biggest improvement in tone, was replacing the trem system and electronics.
■ This guitar stays permanently tuned to Drop D tuning for any heavier guitar work that may be needed.
■ A great guitar, it has had numerous setups and tweaks done to it.
■ Fender Guitars.
A mix of Mexican, American and custom built Strats...
■ Fender Eric Clapton Strat
■ Fender Strat (Customised) | 'Gilmour'
■ This started life as a mid-80's strat 'Silver Series'... I Replaced the broken neck with a Fender 50's vintage neck.
■ The usual Duncan Little 59's, in Bridge and Neck positions.
■ Callaham bridge trem screws and a custom engraved Jimi Hendrix neck plate seal the deal.
■ Fender Strat (Customised) | 'Ouija'
■ Fender Mexican 1991 Strat.
■ Modded with Seymour Duncan Little '59's
■ Custom mirror plate, and fitted with a Wudtone trem system. The Wudtone trem upgrade has transformed this guitar, tuning stability is amazing, and the tone and sustain is improved. I can recommend these trems!
■ A custom OUIJA neck plate fitted along with Fender locking tuners and a well cut graphite nut.
■ Fender Strat (Customised) | 'Milkybar'
■ Bought back in 2010, this guitar rarely comes out to play, but plays a crucial role in my session work here at my home studio.
■ Strings are fitted with DR Neon's (Pink or Orange!) along with a custom engraved Jimi Hendrix neck plate.
■ Pickups are a Little 59' in the Neck, and a Hot Rails in the Bridge.
■ Stock 250k pots and Locking Tuner Machine Heads complete the package on this creamy, dreamy sounding lush guitar.
■ Gibson Guitars.
A Gibson SG and 2002 Les Paul Classic take care of my Gibson needs...
■ GIbson Les Paul Classic
■ 2002 Gibson Les Paul.
Fitted with Seymour Duncan Signature 'Slash' Zebra pickups.
■ Fitted with Woman Tone & Jensen OIP caps, and 500k pots.
■ A great sounding guitar. Used for all my Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Free and Guns and Roses cover tracks.
■ Gibson SG
■ Used throughout my Black Sabbath tribute band days, this guitar is now my go to guitar for all things Cream and AC/DC as well as the odd Sabbath tune.
■ It's completely stock, sounds great. On the day I tried out several for the neck/body weight distirbution. This one came out tops.
■ I have plans to change the electrics and pickups, but for now, a great guitar.
■ Burns Brian May | Peavey Wolfgang Special Guitars.
Being a huge Brian May fan, I love this guitar, and I love EVH...
■ Burns Brian May
■ This guitar was purchased for a recording session where I had to recreate a number of Queen tracks for a production house. It's completely stock.
■ I even use sixpence pieces just like Mr.May himself.
■ One of my best purchases ever.
■ Peavey Wolfgang QT
■ Bought in around 2003 sometime, I spent a whole afternoon with the cheap version and the USA model, and by the end of it, couldn't tell much of a difference.
■ Not only is it a great playing guitar, but the pickups sound really good, and it has a great playing neck.
■ Basses | Acoustics | Classical Guitars.
Bass guitars, Acoustic & Classical guitars, and more...
■ Fender Jazz Bass
■ This was bought around 2014 mainly to teach my bass students, and for recording work. I wanted something that was good to play for long periods, and the Jazz Bass fit the bill perfectly.
■ It's completely stock, sounds great, it's a squier series model, so nothing too outrageous here!
■ Steel String Acoustic Guitar.
■ This has had a Fishman Pickup fitted to it, new machineheads, new nut, and a new bridge saddle.
■ It's a basic no name generic acoustic, as I am not that keen on acoustics, but, as a session musician, they are a necessary evil, and I have to have at least one for recording rhythm guitar tracks.
■ Admira Classical Guitar.
■ I've had this for about 25 years now and in that time, it's had new bridges, machine heads and various nut changes. I keep the action low and the strings fresh.
■ Used mainly for Classical playing, or for when I need something different on my sessions.