'59 LP Junior & Danocaster T
Today was my first day off from gigging/studio stuff for the last month or so, and I decided to take my annual family picture. I couldn't fit the acoustics on the couch, so I just went for the electrics. This was a pretty cool year for gear. Everything except for a couple were acquired this year, and I would say that most of these are keepers to me.
1. 2010 Gibson Les Paul Jr, white finish, ebony board. I bought this one locally from a buddy after selling my BJA Jr on here and missing that P90 growl. It's got a Lollar P90 in it and sounds great for rock n' roll. The finish has seen better days, but the playability and tone are killer with this one.
2. 2010 Gibson Custom '57 Historic. I bought this one in college; mid 2014. It's been my go-to Lester for several years. I believe it was originally ordered through Mark's Guitar Loft, and it has a slimmer neck than most R7s. I put Sanford Magnetics pickups in it, and a Faber bridge/tailpiece. Both were amazing and well-deserved upgrades. I don't gig with an LP much anymore, but every time I pick up this one I fall in love all over again. I've had probably 50 Les Pauls at this point and this one is definitely up there with the best of them.
3. 1964-65 Gretsch 6134 Corvette. I bought this bad boy recently from the shop where I work. Can't quite make out the SN to decode the exact year. It came in with a cheap replacement pickguard, different pickup/electronics (had an old Duncan JB wired to a single volume) and a pretty cool Guild roller bridge. I had my tech here in town cut a new pickguard for it and wind a Filtertron, also replacing the pots at the same time. I also had the original tuners replaced with Sperzels. It's my go-to slide guitar and I keep it in open E for that purpose.
4. 2013 Danocaster "Esquire". I bought this one from a forum member in May, 2016 and it immediately became my main guitar shortly after acquiring it. I'd been looking for a Dano for years off and on and finally found this one in Canada. Being an Esquire as opposed to a Tele, I wasn't sure how I'd gel with the single pickup design, but it's such a magical guitar. It has a Budz pickup in it and a really amazing maple neck. This guitar manages to blow away most anyone who hears it, and it pushed me over the edge to order my own custom T from Dan. It came with a white pickguard, but I put the black bakelite one on there to get a bit of the early Jeff Beck vibe visually.
5. 2001 Rickenbacker 330JG. I just acquired this one in a local deal, having traded my Don Grosh Retro Classic for this. I just had an itch to try something new that I hadn't owned. Been enjoying it so far, although the narrow neck size and fairly weak pickups are an adjustment. I mostly am enjoying it for cleaner stuff.
6. 2008 Gretsch 7593 White Falcon. I bought this one in March from a good buddy locally. I had saved up a little cash from selling my Axe FX II, and decided to buy another Gretsch. I had been looking at 6120s and similar when he got ahold of me and let me know the WF was for sale. He cut me a deal I had no business turning down, and soon enough I had the coolest looking and sounding Gretsch on the block. It's an absolutely stunning guitar and I use it for many different things. It doesn't come on the road very often, but is taken to local gigs and studio sessions where I can. I grabbed a Vibramate string spoiler to aid with string changes for this one.
7. 2017 Danocaster Tele. I ordered this one from Dan to my specs, and it arrived around March of this year. To say it's anything less than absolutely magical is a total understatement. Since acquiring the guitar I've surely put a thousand or more hours on it, playing it daily as a main guitar for any work that I do. It also has Budz pickups, a maple neck, and extremely light weight. The gold finish has begun to oxidize heavily due to my constant playing of this guitar, and it only gets better as time goes on. The soft V neck is absolutely perfect for my style of play, and I've been able to use this guitar with fantastic success on numerous jobs enveloping many different styles of music. I have plans to order another Tele from Danocaster in 2018 I'm sure.
The guitar in the back is a Vox Apache with built in amp/drums that I use for teaching with or travelling. Not sure about its history, but it sure is cool.
Next up, I need a Dano thinline, a Gibson ES330/335, and maybe down the road I'll get that 70s white LPC I've wanted for so long.
Thanks for reading, and happy holidays to all.