|Guitars of the Past
For a while during the mid- 80s and early- 90s I owned a black Ibanez Roadstar II.
This guitar looked just like a Fender Stratocaster but had black pickups and a black
pickguard. Aside from the maple neck, headstock and fingerboard, the entire
instrument was jet black.
Desperately in need of cash around 1993, I sold it to my local Wurlitzer music shop along with my little Crate amp and a rack full of Boss effects pedals (all in pristine condition) for little more than $400. It was all very nice equipment, but by no means do I regret giving any of it up. The guitars I have now are far superior and I have far more versatile effects capabilities in my Boss GT-5 guitar effects processor.
Around the time I got my Gold Top Les Paul, I also picked up a used Rockman X100
so I could play around with getting that awesome Tom Scholz Boston tone. A couple
of years later I nabbed another one through eBay as a back-up (plus the first one
I bought didn't come with the AC adapter, which I really wanted).
Click on the image of the front panel to get
a better view of it.
In another fit of vintage mania, I picked up a mint MXR Distortion + pedal made in the early 70s. As you can see from the picture it is the "block logo" version.
I also got a vintage ProCo Rat off of eBay. It has a hard-edged distortion effect which sounds great for grunge and metal.
In order to assist in learning to play with proper rhythm, I bought a Zoom RhythmTrak RT-123 drum machine.
Ever since I was about 16 years old I dreamed of owning a
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
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.
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.
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