MY GUITAR COLLECTION
My very first electric guitar was bought from a secondhand shop in Retford, Nottinghamshire in the early eighties. It was red and I think it was a hofner galaxie. Anyway it never worked but it did encourage my parents to pay for some lessons. As with all teens, other interests came along and I swapped it at school for something, can't remember what.
After I got married my interest re-emerged and I purchased my first acoustic guitar from Berry's at Worksop, Notts. I think I payed around £80 for the white seagull copy, a Marlin ML-Seagull. It has a maple neck and fingerboard with a black plastic fingerplate and white seagull emblem. It has black plastic covered machine heads. Surprising for a budget guitar it plays very well. It keeps in tune very consistantly and its very easy to pick up and play with minimum fuss.
Peavey Predator Plus
During one of my regular visits to Electromusic in Doncaster I came across my next guitar, a secondhand Epiphone Les Paul copy. The year was 2000 and it cost £225 and a has a very distinct green flame finish. The serial number is U99072468 which I believe means it was manufactured in 1999 in Korea. A great sounding guitar if a little on the heavy side, one of my favourites.
Epiphone Les Paul
My next guitar was bought on the back of a good xmas bonus in May 2002 and is the most expensive guitar I own at £600 but the most versatile. It is a dream to play and has my guitarist friends battling to buy it if I decide to sell it. It is a PRS Santana II SE, Mahogany Body and neck, rosewood fretboard and a deep red grained vintage cherry finish. Two Humbucker pickups, volume and tone control with three way selector switch with a PRS stoptail.
PRS Santana II SE
While I enjoy playing the Les Paul it does get heavy after a while so when this Epiphone G400 Custom came in the sale at Pooles in Grimsby for £334 in 2002 I bought it. A lot lighter than the Les Paul its a lot easier to play. Mahogany Body and neck, three Humbucker pickups, gold hardware antique ivory finish gives this guitar a distinctive look. Originally intended to use for slide work had the action raised a little and heavier strings put on. Usual Epiphone workmanship. Serial Number I01052414.
Epiphone G400 Custom
After getting together with a couple of work colleagues who were playing guitar I decided instead of lugging all my gear around to each others houses that what I needed was an electro-acoustic. Something I could just pick up and take with me and could be plugged into effects if required. So as a birthday treat I picked up the Crafter from Music Makers in Lincoln for around £400 in 2004. It is a FE27/N serial number 03053683 with the 'tree of life' fingerboard inlay.Construction is a solid Sitka spruce top, south american rosewood back and sides and a LR-S Plus Pre-amp LR Baggs pickup.
The final guitar in my collection is a secondhand Peavey Milestone Bass guitar again bought from PSS music in 2004 for £129. It was bought when I intended to write and record my own songs and would provide the bass line.