...and the other one is... not.
First, the guitar, just a boring black LTD...
I've been really loyal to a certain music store, so some time last year, they set an LTD Arrow 401 aside for me at a better deal than most. Couldn't resist so I put it on the layby order. But because they didn't have a case at the time, I refused to pick it up until they offer me one. Come bloody 10 months later, they gave me an Alexi case with this and here we are.
At the moment it's bone stock. I've kept the EMGs though I may put a Jazz/Custom5 down the line when I feel like it. The trem is a FR Special so it's days are numbered just by the benefit of being owned by me. I'll be keeping this in Drop C or Drop Bb depending on the music.
Second is this:
This is a Pipa: a Chinese lute. The usual pawnshop I go to was selling this at the price of a Boss pedal so it was practically theft when I grabbed it. No idea what tuning this is supposed to be so I just put it in the usual 4ths (EADG) and went to the Far East. It's awkward to play at first thanks to the extreme V shaped neck, zero upper fret access and steep scalloped frets but eventually I got the hang of it. Funny enough whoever owned this prior numbered all the frets in the inner body so that's nice.
I've been amassing a few ethnic instruments lately. So far there's 3 Chinese instruments (a Guqin, an Erhu, now this) and 1 Vietnamese zither (Dan Tranh), all my friends are now calling me the Asian Jeff Martin. Oh well, since I've already committed myself to incorporating world influences into my own music, all the new stuff will probably show up on whatever I'll be involved in.