I've been here for about a month now and I haven't really introduced my girls. Yeah, I assign my guitars to the female persuasion.
I'd like to start by saying that I played off and on for about seven years, but never very seriously. I then picked up the guitar again about a year and a half ago and at least became a serious bedroom player/hobby player.
So let me introduce my first guitar. It is a Hondo II Les Paul copy. I bought this one, along with a cheap 15w amp and MXR distortion pedal, back when I was fifteen. Total cost was $100. It's got Seymour Duncan Humbucker pups, but I couldn't tell you the model because it's been so long.
It's a little beat up, but keep in mind it's probabaly about 30+ years old. I bought it used almost 30 years ago.
When I picked up the guitar again, I decided to get something new and I always wanted a trem. After looking around a bit, I found the Ibanez RG5EX1. It's quite a nice guitar for the price. I didn't want to pay too much because I wasn't sure if I get back into playing again.
I also bought a Spider IV at the same time for practice. It's quite good as a practice amp but I'm looking to get something else (more on that later).
As I improved in my playing and retraining my ears, I could hear the suck that Ibby stock pickups are. The RG5 now has DiMarzio ToneZone in the bridge and PAF Pro in the neck. It sounds wonderful for an inexpensive guitar.
Now, also as I improved in playing, I started looking for a better fixed-bridge guitar which I could experiment with different tunings. What I ended up with is the Ibanez RGD 2127z. It was pretty much a Christmas gift to myself with a little help from family (gift cards ftw). This one opened up different possibilities in tone. It still has the stock V87 bridge and V77 neck pickups. These sound better than most Ibanez stocks, but I plan on replacing them in the near future. I'm leaning towards a BKP Warpig set.
The most recent girl in the family is my Ibanez 1527z. I wasn't looking for a new guitar right away but an opportunity presented itself to get the 1527, practically brand new, for a decent price. I did want another seven string to keep in standard tuning.
This one also has the stock pickups. I will replace those as well but I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to put in yet. I am finding that I am playing this guitar more frequently than all of my others.
Here's a pic of the entire family. You can see my Spider in the background.
Now we come to my plans for an amp. I currently have this:
It is waiting for a head to match. I've borrowed a couple of amps from friends to just play around with tube amplification. I'm sold on tubes. I've decided on getting the Mesa Triple Rectifier Reborn. I've tried that one out in the store quite frequently and just love the sounds I get out of it. I'm just taking care of the family first before I pull the trigger on the TR. The wife approval rating seems to be pretty low at the moment.
So... those are the girls. As you can see, I've have started to develop the bug know as Gear Aquistion Syndrome.
tl:dr I'm in between work projects and I'm bored. Enjoy the pics.