When 2023 start, I thought I had my guitar situation mostly figured out. Surprisingly, it turned into a revolving door of guitars.
Let’s break this down a bit.
- Gibson Les Paul Classic
- GFS Pro Alnico V pickups
- Gibson Les Paul Traditional
- Classic ’57s pickups
- PRS SC245 Ted McCarty Soapbar
- Fender Roadworn Telecaster
- Bare Knuckle True Grit pickups
- Fender Telecaster
- Seymour Duncan Antiquity II mini (neck)
- GFS Power Rock (bridge)
- Fishman VT Powerbridge piezo bridge
- Fender P-Bass Deluxe
- Session Les Paul Custom copy
- Epiphone ES-339
- Squier Classic Vibe ’60s Stratocaster
- Squier Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar
- Squier Classic Vibe Late ’60s Jazz Bass
I also started out the year with the following amps:
- Fender ’65 Princeton Reverb
- Mesa Express 5:25
I thought I was set. I had a lot of different sounds covered, and that’s a pretty strong line up. Then September happened.
There’s definite more of a story to tell. Here are some highlights:
- The Squier Contemporary Series Stratocaster is identical to my first “real” electric guitar, down to the custom color. I know it’s not the same guitar because I parted it out and sanded down the original body
- I really loved that Les Paul Traditional. The original owned made repeated attempts to get me to trade it back to him, but accepted that I didn’t want to each time. He finally made an offer and I accepted against my better judgement because I’ve been in his shoes where I regretted letting something go and tried desperately to get it back. I was hoping that I was putting some gear karma back into the world, but alas, the person that holds the instrument I want back was a bit of an asshole about it.
- When I originally created this post (12/22/23), I still owned a Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster, but I traded it for a Fender American Professional II Stratocaster on 12/31 AND bought a Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom I on 12/28/23. I jumped the gun by making this post
- Man, if I got started on my pedal journey this year, it’d be another massive post
Either way, if you find yourself here and you’ve read this entire thing, thanks for taking the time.
In a world of noise, be sound.