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Ever since I was about 16 years old I dreamed of owning a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitar. I mean, I really lusted after it. I also wanted, at various times, a black Les Paul, an SG, and a Fender Stratocaster. Alas, I have never been a Telecaster or archtop fan.

It took another 16 years to happen, but finally, in the spring of 1997, I got around to buying my Gold Top. At about the same time I also bought a little Crate GX-15 practice amp (pictured below), an Audio-Technica DR-3100 wireless system, and a Boss ME-8 multiple effects processor.

Gold Top Headstock (rear)Crate GX-15 amp To the left is a picture of the headstock of my 1996 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. It is a "Limited Edition" model that Gibson manufactured specifically for Guitar Center.

Notice the Gibson Deluxe tuners and pearloid pegs; unusual features for a Standard Les Paul (yes, the trussrod cover does have the normal "Standard" logo stamped on it).

You can click on the image for a closer look at the back of the headstock if you're at all curious.

In the years that followed I managed to acquire my Stratocaster and my black Les Paul, as well as an Ace Frehley signature Les Paul which I have since traded in for another Standard (the Light Burst flametop). One of these days I will also have my SG, I swear! For a complete run-down on my guitar collection, check out the gallery below.

If you have the bucks and are only into the very finest guitars, check out Paul Reed Smith guitars. And for a great place to buy guitars and gear online, check out my favorite site: Musicians Friend. And if you are a Les Paul freak like me, or you love Gibson electric guitars in general and you live in San Diego, check out Centre City Music for the best prices you will find anywhere.

Guitar Collection Gallery
1996 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Gold Top)
  Gibson Les Paul Standard
 Finish: Gold
 Body: Mahogany w/ Maple top
 Neck: Mahogany w/ Rosewood fingerboard
 S/N: 91306358 (1996)
 Pickguard removed by me

 Gibson Les Paul Standard  
 Finish: Light Burst
 Body: Mahogany w/ Figured Maple top
 Neck: Mahogany w/ Rosewood fingerboard
 S/N: 02803395 (2003)
2003 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Light Burst flametop)
1999 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Black)
  Gibson Les Paul Standard
 Finish: Black
 Body: Mahogany w/ Maple top
 Neck: Mahogany w/ Rosewood fingerboard
 S/N: 92359567 (1999)
 Pickguard removed by me

 Gibson SG '61 Reissue 
 Finish: Heritage Cherry
 Body: Mahogany
 Neck: Mahogany w/ Rosewood fingerboard
 S/N: n/a
 This one is on my wish list
Gibson SG '61 Reissue
1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
  Fender American Standard Strat
 Finish: Natural
 Body: Ash
 Neck: Maple w/ Maple fingerboard
 S/N: N9396391 (1999)

 Fender Roadhouse Strat 
 Finish: 3-tone Sunburst
 Body: Alder
 Neck: Maple w/ Rosewood fingerboard
 S/N: n/a
 This one is on my wish list
Fender Roadhouse Strat
Amp/Effects Gallery
Marshall JCM 2000 - DSL100 guitar amp head and 1960A (slanted) 4x12 cab My current amp is a Marshall JCM 2000 series DSL100 all-tube head with a 1960A (slanted) 4x12 cabinet. This half-stack was acquired in May 2008 off of eBay for the princely sum of $1100. It didn't come with its footswitch, which is just fine with me since Marshall footswitches are notoriously unreliable.
Marshall JCM 2000 - DSL401 guitar amp My backup amp is a Marshall JCM 2000 series DSL401 all-tube combo. It's 40W of pure, unadulterated Marshall tone. It sports four EL84 power tubes driving a single 12" speaker. While this gives it a bit less oomph than its big brothers (the DSL100 and DSL50 heads), it can still produce that classic, roaring Marshall tone to ear-splitting levels.

I may even get a 1x12 extension cabinet someday so that it can effectively function as a 2x12 mini-stack. Of course, this is somewhat unlikely now that I have a real half-stack.

Boss GT-5 Guitar Multi-effects ProcessorBoss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

The blue unit above is a Boss GT-5 Guitar Multi-effects processor that I picked up "used" (i.e., in the box, in brand-new, unused condition) from a doctor in Atlanta who didn't have the time to learn how to use it. I use it now instead of the ME-8 that I bought years before.

Next to it is a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner that is used to tune a guitar on stage. The GT-5 has a built-in tuner, but I like the TU-2 better.

Marshall MG15-CDR Amplifier

Above is a little 15-watt practice amp I got for use in my apartment. It is also a lot more portable than the others. It sports reverb and an input for plugging in a CD player for playing along with songs.