Current Guitars/Basses

Brand: Yamaha
Model: 2000 EG 112
Finish: Black
Years Used: 2000-Present
Special Features: Seymour Duncan SH-1N bridge pickup, middle/neck pickups removed, non-original pickup selector switch, "aged" body covered in numerous stickers
Current Status: Active use
Notes: This was my first guitar, I got it for Christmas in 2000 (I thought for YEARS that it was 2001, but I found an old family photo from Christmas in 2000 where I got this guitar - we moved into a different house in 2001, so I've actually been playing for a year longer than I thought!). It came in a starter pack with a strap, a small practice amp, an instructional VHS tape (oh jeez, VHS? I'm old...), etc...for a starter pack guitar, this thing is actually pretty decent! I've done a lot to it over the years, I swapped out the bridge pickup for a Seymour Duncan '59 (I accidentally bought the neck version of the pickup, but it sounds surprisingly good in the bridge!), removed the other two pickups and left the selector switch to act as a "killswitch," and plastered the thing in stickers. The "inlays" are actually white electrical tape, and I went through a phase where I thought "relic'd" guitars looked cool, so I sanded some of the finish off and scuffed up/dented the body in various places. We all do dumb stuff when we're 16, right? Anyway, this guitar is still part of my arsenal, I mainly use it for alternate tunings that I don't typically use (mainly when I'm covering songs like "Rebellion" or "Easier to Run" for my Youtube channel).

Brand: Guild
Model: 1982 X-82 Nova
Finish: Black
Years Used: 2005-2010, 2015-Present
Special Features: Custom pickguard artwork, aftermarket Kahler tremolo, non-original knobs (November 2018-present), replacement pots/switch (November 2022-present)
Current Status: Active use
Notes: This is an ABSURDLY rare guitar - Guild's production numbers show that only 460 of these instruments were produced between 1981-1984. I've never seen another one in person! This guitar was originally purchased from the old Wright Guitar shop in northeast Ohio by my uncle in the mid-'80s. The Kahler tremolo was installed at the same time the guitar was purchased (some later versions of this model came with a Kahler as a factory option, but the 1981-1982 models came stock with a tune-o-matic/stopbar bridge and tailpiece). My uncle passed away from cancer at a very young age a couple years later, and my dad kept this guitar locked up in its case for many years afterward. Once I had been playing for a few years, he finally got this thing out again and let me start using it. It was my #2 guitar after my Flying V for a couple years, until I bought my Ibanez RG in 2007. I still used this guitar quite a bit after that, up until I moved to Minnesota in 2010. Knowing the sentimental attachment my dad had to his brother's guitar, I decided to leave it with him when I moved. My brother used it pretty extensively after that. After my dad passed away in the summer of 2015, my brother surprised me and told me I could have this guitar back if I wanted it. I didn't do much with the guitar for several years after that, but I started restoring it in 2018. So far, I've swapped the knobs with the ones from my Flying V (see below), stripped the large pinup girl-style decal off the back of the guitar (I hated it to begin with, and also discovered that it had been applied with several layers of clear coat over the top of it, which affected the guitar's sustain), installed a new locking nut to make the Kahler usable again, and replaced all of the electronics except for the pickups. The stock pickups sound great, but are unfortunately pretty microphonic, so I'm looking at replacing them eventually as well.

Brand: MS Guitars
Model: MS #2 (Custom guitar)
Finish: Bronze Sparkle
Years Used: 2006-2010, 2015-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: This is one of three instruments my dad built under the "MS Guitars" name - the other two were a short-scale bass and a vintage-looking 3-pickup guitar with a Bigsby-style tremolo on it. I want to say this guitar was an 18th birthday/graduation present my dad put together for me, but my memory isn't the best. This guitar has a bit of an identity crisis going on, it has a body style and angled, pointy headstock like a Jackson/Kramer or some other kind of "80s shredder" guitar, but it has single-coil pickups and totally sounds like a Strat! The paint on this thing is really cool too, my dad mixed a ton of powdered bronze in with the paint before he finished the guitar, and it sparkles spectacularly under the right lighting. It's kind of an oddly-proportioned guitar, the body is TINY, so much so that it almost looks like a kid's guitar at first glance, but it's actually a full-scale instrument. Like the Guild, this is one of the guitars I didn't bring with me when I first moved to Minnesota, but I re-acquired it in 2015 after my dad passed away. The action on this guitar is extremely high (the nut is very tall), so I tend to use it for the rare occasions when I play slide guitar.

Brand: Fernandes
Model: 2006 Dragonfly Pro
Finish: Gun Metal Blue Satin
Years Used: 2012-Present
Special Features: Fernandes Sustainer pickup system, disabled tone control, autographed/personalized, non-original strap buttons (March 2019-Present)
Current Status: Active use
Notes: This guitar was previously used by Linkin Park's Brad Delson as a backup guitar, and it ended up being used for a couple live performances of "No More Sorrow" in June of 2011. The following year, I developed a friendship with Brad's guitar tech Sean Paden and did some work for his Green Guitar Project line of eco-friendly guitars. As a thank-you for my work, as well as a way for the band to recognize my own website (yes, they're aware of it!), Sean and all six members of the band autographed/personalized the guitar and sent it to me as a surprise gift. I don't really use this guitar much, both because of all the signatures/writing on it, and because it didn't have strap buttons when I got it (they were removed along with the strap lock assembly before the guitar was sent to me). However, I have used it on a few recordings, most notably the droning "feedback chords" at the start of my remix of "Lost in the Echo." I finally put some new strap buttons on this guitar in early 2019.

Brand: Fender
Model: 2000/2001 Standard Stratocaster
Finish: Midnight Blue
Years Used: 2013-Present
Special Features: Tremol-No modification (April 2013-present), Schaller locking tuners (April 2017-March 2021), Fender American Professional solid rosewood neck (March 2021-present), Fender locking tuners (March 2021-present), Fender Custom '69 pickups w/pre-wired tortoise shell pickguard (November 2022-present), tortoise shell back plate (November 2022-present)
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I had been looking for a Strat for a long time, and finally found a good deal on a used one through the Used Gear section on Guitar Center's website. While it was being sold as a "used" instrument, it still had the original plastic covering on the pickguard. Somebody apparently bought this thing new and hardly played it! I got it for $200 less than what a new Strat would cost. With the money I saved, I immediately purchased a Tremol-No and had it professionally installed. This device allows me to switch from a full-floating tremolo, to a tremolo that only moves downward (similar to the old "blocking off" trick in the back cavity), to a completely locked-down bridge that functions like a hardtail. This makes changing strings a breeze, and I can switch tunings easily when I need to as well. In the spring of 2017, I swapped out the stock machine heads for locking Schaller tuners, and that's the state the guitar stayed in for the next four years. Over time, this guitar developed some issues with buzzing/fretting out at the first few frets because of excessive back bow in the neck, and it eventually got to the point that I had loosened the truss rod as far as it would go, and it still wasn't enough to give the neck any relief. I decided to go all-in on upgrading this guitar no matter how expensive it ended up being compared to its original value, so I bought an all-rosewood American Strat replacement neck in the spring of 2021, and fitted it with Fender's drop-in locking tuners. I love the new neck, it plays really nice, and I even have a 22nd fret now! I finished off upgrading this guitar in late 2022 by swapping out the white pickguard and stock pickups for a pre-wired tortoise shell pickguard with Custom '69 pickups in it (I also got a matching tortoise shell back plate). It's an absolutely phenomenal guitar now, to put it simply.

Brand: Schecter
Model: 2014 Diamond-P Custom-4
Finish: Vintage White
Years Used: 2015-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I was recruited to play bass in a band in the spring of 2014, but I didn't have a bass at the time so I spent almost a year borrowing a Yamaha bass from our guitarist. I bought this bass in February of 2015, I actually purchased it directly from Schecter as it had been discontinued and they were liquidating their remaining stock at a heavily discounted price. This thing sounds MASSIVE, to the point that the old Fender Bassman amp I was using at the time couldn't handle this bass's high output. We spent a good chunk of band fund money on a new amp after I got this bass! I love the finish on it too, you can't go wrong with a black pickguard on a white instrument. I'm playing bass in two bands these days, so this is actually my most-used instrument in my arsenal now, even though I'm primarily a guitar player!

Brand: Yamaha
Model: 2017 FGX800C
Finish: Natural
Years Used: 2017-Present
Special Features: Added top strap button (March 2019-Present)
Current Status: Active use
Notes: After many years of playing an Ovation acoustic/electric that wasn't exactly my cup of tea (see below), I finally sold it in September of 2017 and bought this more traditional-styled Yamaha acoustic. I'm VERY happy with this guitar - I played three identical models when I was shopping for one (plus the very similar FSX series version of the same guitar) and picked what I felt was the best one of the bunch. I finally put a top strap button on this guitar in early 2019 so we could use it as a backup acoustic guitar for both of my bands' live shows.

Brand: Paul Reed Smith (PRS)
Model: 2019 SE 277
Finish: Fire Red Burst
Special Features: PRS locking tuners (December 2021-present)
Years Used: 2019-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: After looking to buy a baritone for many years (the options for a non-multiscale baritone 6-string with passive electronics are surprisingly small these days!), I got a good deal on a display model SE 277 from Sweetwater near the end of 2019. Very nice guitar, surprisingly light and well-balanced for how long the neck is! I upgraded to locking tuners on this one in December of 2021, the same kind I already had on my SE Custom 24.

Brand: Schecter
Model: 2018 Banshee-7 Extreme
Finish: Charcoal Burst
Years Used: 2020-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: Not long after I got my baritone, I also decided to look into getting a new 7-string, since I had sold my old Ibanez a while back. This Schecter solves all the problems I had with the Ibanez - It intonates better, it doesn't suffer from "neck dive," and it looks a hell of a lot nicer too! This one has a 26.5-inch scale that's somewhere between a "regular" guitar and a baritone, which really helps it play comfortably while also maintaining intonation on the low B string (I always had trouble with the low B pushing sharp on my Ibanez with its shorter scale length and lower string tension).

Brand: Paul Reed Smith (PRS)
Model: 2020 SE Custom 24
Finish: Charcoal Fade
Years Used: 2020-Present
Special Features: PRS locking tuners (March 2021-present)
Current Status: Active use
Notes: After 13 years with my trusty Ibanez RG being my main guitar for drop-tuned "Linkin Park-ish" stuff, I decided it was time to upgrade. I initially had a bad experience with a defective Schecter that I bought from Musician's Friend and immediately returned (see below), but in July of 2020 I got a great deal on a display model of this guitar from Sweetwater, just like I did with my SE 277 (this guitar had one tiny scratch on the back that was barely visible, and they knocked $80 off the price - nice!). This one's in a limited edition "fade" finish that progresses from grey to black. I upgraded the tuners to the PRS-branded locking tuners in the spring of 2021, and I'm planning on upgrading a couple other things on this guitar (it has a Strat-style bridge, so I'll probably get some kind of locking mechanism like I have on my Strat), but I already like it a lot as it is.

Brand: Guild
Model: 2021 F-2512CE Deluxe
Finish: Trans Black Burst
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I hadn't owned a 12-string of any kind since I sold my Epiphone doubleneck in 2009, and I'd actually never owned a 12-string acoustic at all, so I bought one in early 2022. It's a beautiful, well-made, and LOUD jumbo-body with a cutaway. I also find it kind of neat that my oldest guitar is my uncle's X-82 from 1982, and now one of my newest guitars is another Guild, 40 years later!

Brand: Danelectro
Model: Sitar
Finish: Red Crackle
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: This is a weird one, it's a reissue of the Coral electric sitar from the 1960s, as made famous on songs like "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones, "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone, "Do It Again" by Steely Dan, "Ten Years Gone" by Led Zeppelin, "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica, etc... I'd always wanted one purely because of what a unique instrument it is. I'd had one on my Sweetwater wish list for literally about 4 years, and had never seen it in stock. In mid-2022, I just happened to see that they'd randomly gotten a couple of them in stock, and I FREAKED OUT and bought one on the spot because I had no idea when I'd get another chance. Anyway, as I said, it's a super unique instrument - the six main strings are tuned like a regular guitar, and there are 13 drone/"harp" strings on the upper part of the body that are tuned to a chromatic scale from E to E. There are three pickups (two on the guitar section and one on the drone section), and a volume/tone knob for each, so you can blend them to your liking. The sitar-like sound is created entirely by the unique "buzz bridge" design. I just think this thing is really cool!

Brand: N/A (Brandon's Custom Shop/generic Chinese knockoff)
Model: 12/6 Double Neck (1275-style doublecut model)
Finish: Metallic Silverburst
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I had an Epiphone doubleneck many years ago (see below), and after I sold it, I spent a long time thinking I'd never want another one, I just didn't see much use for it. After I got my acoustic 12-string in early 2022, I started reconsidering that, because I really wanted to add an electric 12-string to my collection, and if I'm gonna get that, I might as well get a doubleneck and get two guitars in one, right? Haha. Anyway, I didn't want to spend a ton of money, and Epiphone had recently discontinued their doubleneck model, so I had to do some digging. I eventually discovered this guy Brandon on Reverb, who apparently has connections with one of the Chinese factories that builds knockoffs of a lot of American guitar designs (these guitars have no branding on the headstock). He orders guitars, checks them over and sets them up so they're in decent playing condition, and then sells them on his Reverb store. He offers a wide variety of doubleneck models (singlecut, doublecut, and Strat-style), and what really caught my eye was the unusual variety of finish options he offers. I took a gamble and got a doublecut model similar to my old Epiphone, in a really cool metal flake silverburst finish. Is it a GREAT guitar? No, it has some minor finish flaws, the hardware is all cheap stuff I'll be replacing in the future, and the electronics are just decent. The most concerning thing I noticed when I first got the guitar is that there's a pretty significant twist in the 12-string neck, but luckily it twists in a direction that's actually ergonomic and makes it more comfortable to play, and I managed to set the guitar up where each string is still traveling in a straight line relative to the neck so it intonates fine and everything. Hopefully it doesn't twist any worse in the future. On the positive side, both nuts and saddles are cut perfectly, and the fretwork is shockingly good. All in all, it adds up to a guitar that plays REALLY well, it just needs some upgrades to be something I'd be comfortable using on stage. I still think it was a good deal though, definitely a better deal than the alternative of spending... (checks Sweetwater) 8 GRAND?!?! ...for the Gibson model. Haha.

Brand: Cordoba
Model: GK Studio Limited
Finish: Natural
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I'd gone a couple years without a nylon string guitar by late 2022 (see below), so I started looking for a nice acoustic-electric option. I ended up getting another Cordoba, this time going with the flamenco-style GK Studio model. This one is a limited edition that has ziricote for the back and sides instead of the typical cypress or rosewood found on the standard GK Studio blanca/negra models. Being a flamenco guitar, it has a clear "tap plate" surrounding the sound hole. Really cool electronics on this one, it has both an under-saddle piezo pickup and an internal microphone, with a Fishman Presys preamp that lets you blend the two together. It looks and feels like a guitar that costs a LOT more than it does!

Brand: D'Angelico
Model: Premier DC
Finish: Fiesta Red
Years Used: 2022-Present
Special Features: Stairstep tailpiece
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I'd never owned a hollow/semi-hollow electric, and I'd really been hooked on the idea of getting a D'Angelico ever since Chester played them on the One More Light tour. As luck would have it, Musicians Friend offered this as a Stupid Deal of the Day in the fall of 2022, and I couldn't pass it up. This one has the fancier-looking "stairstep" tailpiece option.

Brand: Danelectro
Model: Vintage 12-String
Finish: Dark Aqua
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: Remember how I said I got my doubleneck mainly because I wanted an electric 12-string? Turns out I needed one for a recording session in late 2022, and the doubleneck was still in need of a bunch of upgrades. D'oh! I had a good experience with my Danelectro sitar, and I knew the lipstick tube pickups would lend themselves nicely to the classic jangly 12-string sound, so I bought this guitar instead of looking for a suitable guitar to borrow/rent (and I certainly wasn't going to let myself get replaced for the gig, I rarely get to do any session work as it is!). Not sure what they were thinking with the finish name, there's nothing "dark" about it! Cool guitar though.

Brand: Yamaha
Model: Revstar RSE20
Finish: Neon Yellow
Years Used: 2022-Present
Current Status: Active use
Notes: After making the somewhat difficult decision to part ways with my Flying V (see below), I decided to pick this guitar up to fill the dual-humbucker, 24.75-inch scale role that the Flying V previously did. I've been a big fan of the Revstar line for years, I just never had a good reason to get one until now. I went with the neon yellow finish because it was one of those "that's so hideous, I actually want it just for how ridiculous it is" kind of things.

Brand: Squier
Model: Classic Vibe Bass VI
Finish: Walnut
Years Used: 2023-Present
Special Features: Maple neck w/black binding and block inlays
Current Status: Active use
Notes: I'd always wanted a Bass VI, but Fender typically only offers them as custom shop models that cost $3,000 or more. I had Schecter's version of one (the Hellcat VI) on my Sweetwater wishlist for over 3 years, but it was NEVER in stock! I discovered Chicago Music Exchange's assortment of Fender/Squier exclusive models at some point in 2022, and a short time later, they offered this Bass VI model. I pre-ordered it, and received it at the end of January in 2023. Unlike the typical Classic Vibe Bass VI's, this one has a maple neck with binding and block inlays, and the walnut finish looks really cool. I'm probably going to upgrade the bridge on this, but otherwise it's a lot of fun.

Inactive Guitars/Basses

Brand: Aria
Model: 1970s AE-300
Finish: Tobacco Sunburst
Years Used: 2000-2005
Current Status: In storage
Notes: This is a Japanese "lawsuit-era" singlecut guitar, and it was actually the first guitar that I learned to play on, before I got my Yamaha. This guitar also belonged to my uncle, like the Guild. Unfortunately, this guitar has a lot of electronic components that need to be replaced, so I never got to play it plugged in. I still played with it a bit in the early years of my playing, but by the time I started using the Guild, I had pretty much quit using this guitar. My brother still has this guitar, and is planning on installing new electronics and hardware to make it playable again...unfortunately, this guitar suffered a headstock break in 2017 after falling off a guitar stand, which only makes the needed repairs even more extensive. Nailing down an exact date on this guitar has proven difficult, as serial numbers used by the Matsumoku factory prior to 1977 or so didn't have any particular reference to date of manufacturing. Aria also modified their headstock slightly around 1976 or 1977 to not be an exact copy of a certain American company's "open book" headstock (the actual reason for the "lawsuit" nickname for Japanese guitars of this era). This one has the modified headstock, but the serial number doesn't appear to match the date, as it would point to 1980 if that was the case, and Aria had shifted to primarily using the "Aria Pro II" nameplate on these guitars by then, along with some other cosmetic changes. I'd assume it's either a 1976 or 1977, but I'll likely never know anything more specific than that.

Brand: MS Guitars/Telestar
Model: MS #1 (Custom bass/restoration project)
Finish: Natural
Years Used: 2004-2008
Current Status: In storage
Notes: This is the first of three instruments my dad built under the "MS Guitars" name - the other two were a custom guitar that he built for me, and a vintage-looking 3-pickup guitar with a Bigsby-style tremolo on it. This bass was actually built sometime in the early 90s as a do-it-yourself restoration project my dad decided to do (he was always tinkering with ideas like this). This bass started life as a 1960's "Telestar" bass (one of many different names Teisco Del Rey put on their U.S. import instruments during the '60s), which my dad bought in extremely poor condition and restored to nearly-new condition, save for stripping the original finish in favor of a glossy natural look, moving the location of the wood block on the pickguard so it would be more convenient as a thumb rest, and putting his own logo on the headstock. I ended up using this bass a little bit while I was in high school, as I often played bass for our vocal jazz group (we had a drum/bass/piano trio that backed them up), and I also played bass in jazz band my junior year. I THINK this bass was also used a little bit on an EP one of my old bands recorded, we had one song that was tuned down half a step so I know I used a different bass on it. I haven't used this bass for a long time, but my brother and his various bands have used it over the years, and he still has it.

Brand: Univox
Model: 1970s 'Lectra
Finish: Sunburst
Years Used: N/A
Current Status: In storage
Notes: This was my uncle's bass, it's basically a copy of the Hofner "violin bass" that was popularized by Paul McCartney with The Beatles. Much like the Aria Les Paul copy, this bass has numerous electronic components that need to be replaced, and since I had access to my dad's custom-built bass, I never really used this thing for much other than just messing around. It's a cool instrument though, and I'd like to have it fixed up one of these days. My brother currently has this bass packed away somewhere.

Brand: Squier
Model: 2004 MB-4 "Skull and Crossbones"
Finish: Black
Years Used: 2005-2008
Current Status: In storage
Notes: My parents bought my brother this bass when he decided he wanted to get into playing music. It isn't a bad bass for being a Squier, although the neck could be a little stronger (it flexes/warps way easier than it should). This bass actually saw a considerable amount of use, it was used by the bass player in my first band way back in high school (he actually owned an identical bass to this one, so we would bring both to shows so he had a backup). I also used it on the majority of the bass tracks on an EP another one of my bands recorded. My brother and his various bands used this bass a lot more over the years than I did, obviously.

Brand: MS Guitars/Prestige
Model: MS #3 (Custom guitar/restoration project)
Finish: Red Sunburst
Years Used: N/A
Current Status: In storage
Notes: This is one of three instruments my dad built under the "MS Guitars" name - the other two were a short-scale bass and a custom guitar that he built for me. This guitar was built for my brother in 2006, around the same time my dad built MS #2 for me. This guitar started life as a 1960's "Prestige" guitar (one of many different names Teisco Del Rey put on their U.S. import guitars during the '60s), which my dad bought in extremely poor condition and restored to nearly-new condition, save for putting his own logo on the headstock. I never really used this guitar for anything, but I figured I'd include it here since my dad's other two instruments are included.

Brand: Yamaha
Model: 1990s RBX250
Finish: Natural
Years Used: 2009-2010
Current Status: In storage
Notes: Prior to acquiring my Schecter, this was my favorite bass I had ever played. My brother was selling some other gear at Guitar Center one day in 2009 (I was with him because he couldn't drive yet), and we saw two of these old Yamaha basses hanging on the wall for 100 bucks each. Both of them had considerable wear on them, but sounded awesome! He decided to buy the less beat-up of the two, and it turned out to be an extremely reliable instrument. I used this bass to record a few tracks during my last couple years in Ohio, most notably my collaborative cover of "In Pieces" with Alex McMillan. Prior to getting my Schecter, I was considering buying this bass from my brother since he wasn't using it anymore, but I would've had to wait several months before I could visit Ohio again to pick it up, so I bought the Schecter instead (which did turn out to be a better instrument, so I made the right choice).

Brand: Yamaha
Model: 1990s BB450
Finish: Black
Years Used: 2014-2015
Current Status: Active use (Bandmate)
Notes: When I first joined a band as a full-time bass player in 2014, I had the SLIGHT problem of...not owning a bass at the time. D'oh. For about 10 months, I borrowed this bass from our guitarist. As with just about every other Yamaha product I've ever used, it was a solid, reliable instrument. The only modification I remember it having was some kind of noise-cancelling Jazz Bass-style bridge pickup in place of the stock one, but I have no idea what kind it was. I bought my white Schecter bass in February of 2015, and that took over the role previously held by this bass. Our guitarist still has it and uses it on recordings pretty frequently.

Brand: Ibanez
Model: RG420EG
Finish: Spiderweb Black
Years Used: 2015
Special Features: Red and blue hardware
Current Status: Active use (my brother)
Notes: This is one of my brother's main guitars. I used it to record guitar covers of "Nobody's Listening" and "Don't Stay" during one of my visits to Ohio in 2015, since he keeps this guitar in Drop B tuning anyway (I've since re-recorded both of these videos with my PRS SE 277). This guitar has custom "Spider-Man" hardware - whoever owned this guitar before my brother was clearly a fan, as they painted all the hardware red and blue to go with the spider web graphic on the body!

Former Guitars/Basses

Brand: Ibanez
Model: 2003 AX7221
Finish: Pewter Grey
Years Used: 2003-2018
Current Status: Sold (July 2018)
Notes: I had been playing guitar for a couple years, and had just started getting into learning Linkin Park songs, when I decided I wanted a 7-string to play With You and Runaway without having to down-tune like crazy. I want to say I got this guitar at the same time I got my Fender Champ. This guitar had a few different stickers on it over the years (most consistently, there was an 8-ball sticker in between the pickups for the majority of the time I had the guitar), and I also had Dunlop strap locks on it. It stuck around in my arsenal for a little over 15 years, but I almost NEVER used it - outside of playing those two songs, I briefly used it with one of my college ensembles when we had "Our Truth" by Lacuna Coil in our setlist, and other than that, it spent the majority of its time collecting dust in my guitar rack. I finally sold it in the summer of 2018 when I was getting rid of some other gear that I hadn't been using. I ended up buying a new Schecter 7-string about a year and a half later.

Brand: Ovation
Model: 2004 CK057
Finish: Crimson Red Pearl
Years Used: 2004-2017
Current Status: Sold (September 2017)
Notes: I put a lot of miles on this guitar...I got it while I was still in high school, and played it until I was almost 30 years old! I dropped this guitar backstage during rehearsals for my high school talent show less than a year after I got it, and broke a large chunk of the headstock off (it broke in a really odd fashion, the crack went vertically through the low E and A tuning pegs). My dad fixed it for me, and I had no issues with it in the following years, but it always bugged me that the crack was visible. Anyway, I had a love/hate relationship with this guitar...I always felt like I could never get the action low enough for my liking, I didn't care for the way the round back made the guitar "lean" at an awkward angle against my body when I tried playing it standing up, and being that most of the body was made of plastic, it didn't sound very good unplugged. I found myself borrowing acoustic guitars from other people for gigs pretty frequently once I started doing solo gigs in 2011! The last time I used this guitar was at the St. Paul, Minnesota memorial gathering for Chester Bennington in August of 2017 (I performed a short Linkin Park cover set), and I ended up trading it in for my Yamaha the following month.

Brand: Epiphone
Model: 2005 G1275 Custom
Finish: Heritage Cherry
Years Used: 2005-2009
Current Status: Sold (July 2009)
Notes: I had this thing for a few years, and while the visual appeal of the doubleneck was cool...I didn't have much use for it. I'd pick it up, try noodling around on it, and just end up playing "Stairway to Heaven" or "Hotel California." And even though this was approximately a $900 instrument, it still suffered from poor craftsmanship like most other Epiphones I've seen over the years. It didn't intonate properly, the output jack was too tight to plug a cable into without popping the hex nut off of the threads, and the frets were VERY poorly installed. I ended up selling this guitar in July of 2009 to buy an Amtrak ticket to visit a friend in Minnesota that I met through the LPU...her name was Katie. The following year, I moved in with her. In 2014, we got married. Yeah, I think selling this guitar was a good choice!

Brand: Gibson
Model: 2004 V-Factor X (Flying V)
Finish: Heritage Cherry
Years Used: 2005-2022
Special Features: Custombucker neck pickup (February 2016-November 2022), treble bleed modification (February 2016-November 2022), non-original knobs (November 2018-November 2022), custom "SUE U" truss rod cover (August 2022-November 2022)
Current Status: Sold (November 2022)
Notes: This was my #1 guitar for nearly 18 years. It had numerous battle scars, and underwent numerous modifications. Unusually light for a Flying V too, at slightly under 6 and a half pounds! I really thought this would be a "lifer" guitar...Gibson ruined that with their business decisions. Between the "Play Authentic" debacle and the ridiculous trademark infringement lawsuits against Dean Guitars over guitar models that had been in production for decades without prior issue, I lost all desire to associate myself with the Gibson brand. I covered up their logo on this guitar's case, and I replaced the stock truss rod cover with one that reads "SUE U" in the summer of 2022, to make my feelings a bit more apparent. That was a short-term thing though, as I ultimately sold the guitar near the end of the year. A damn shame, as it sounded great and was incredibly comfortable to play, but I got to the point where I was so disgusted by Gibson as a company that I didn't even want to be seen with this guitar anymore. Oh well. I've got plenty of other guitars made by more ethical brands.

Brand: Epiphone
Model: 2006 Les Paul Junior
Finish: Vintage Sunburst
Years Used: 2006-2009
Current Status: Retired/destroyed (October 2009)
Notes: I bought this cheap, $99 guitar to function as a backup in case I broke a string on my Flying V during a show or something. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that it was way too crappy of an instrument to even fill that role. I expected shoddy craftsmanship, being an Epiphone...however, I did NOT expect the intonation on the G string to be a quarter step sharp when the other 5 strings were in tune, on a wraparound tailpiece with no means of adjusting individual string intonation to begin with! This guitar was completely useless for anything that required using the G string. I briefly used it as a baritone guitar, but it sounded awful tuned down that low. It sat in my guitar rack collecting dust until one night in October of 2009, when...well, let's just say it got smashed up real good in a particularly angry situation. I'm normally not the guitar-smashing type, but this guitar was such a piece of junk that I probably would have brought it to a show at some point and destroyed it on stage if I hadn't smashed it that night anyway. Oh well. My brother salvaged the body from this guitar, repainted it blue, found a neck to go with it, and built a guitar for himself. That guitar ended up being an even bigger piece of junk than this one was, and he ended up destroying it for good a few years later, haha.

Brand: Ibanez
Model: 2007 RG3EX1QM
Finish: Transparent Grey Burst
Years Used: 2007-2020
Current Status: Sold (August 2020)
Notes: This is the guitar I bought solely because of my YouTube channel - I wanted something that fit in the "Linkin Park realm" of being geared towards drop tunings and modern high-gain settings. By sheer coincidence, the same day I got my refund check from my student loans during my second semester of community college, I walked into Guitar Center, saw this thing hanging on the wall, went "Hey, an RG with passive pickups and a fixed bridge, you don't see too many of those," tried it out, loved it, and bought it on the spot. The money I got back from my student loans was gone in a matter of HOURS, haha. It turns out that this was one of the Guitar Center/Musician's Friend-exclusive RG models, so you don't see a ton of them in this exact configuration. I see a lot with flame tops instead of quilted tops, and I see a lot with V7 and V8 pickups instead of the "Designed by EMG" pickups mine has (although these pickups are essentially just a V7/V8 set with EMG-style covers on them anyway). This guitar was a workhorse of mine for over 13 years, including being featured on an overwhelming majority of my YouTube Linkin Park covers for most of the time I had it. That being said, I never cared for the hardware or inlays on this guitar, and as I built up my guitar collection over the following years, I came to the conclusion that I'd eventually need to upgrade to something better. Following my failed experiment with buying a Schecter from Musician's Friend (see below), I got a good deal on a PRS SE Custom 24 in July of 2020, and sold this guitar the following month. Of all the guitars I've gotten rid of, this one was the hardest to part with because I'd done so much with it, but it was really time for an upgrade.

Brand: Cordoba
Model: C3M
Finish: Natural
Years Used: 2016-2020
Current Status: Sold (October 2020)
Notes: One of my classes during my sophomore year of music college required that I have a classical guitar, so I bought this cheap Cordoba to fulfill that need. Not a bad instrument for 200 bucks...I had literally never played classical at all before buying this thing, but I did surprisingly well in the class! I kept it for a few years afterward, but it always bugged me that it was the only guitar in my collection that I couldn't plug in to anything, so I started looking into finding an acoustic/electric nylon-string guitar instead. I ended up selling this one in the fall of 2020.

Brand: Schecter
Model: 2015 Omen-6 Extreme
Finish: Ocean Blue Burst
Years Used: 2020
Current Status: Returned due to defect (June 2020)
Notes: In 20 years of buying guitars, I'd never had to return one before, but it was bound to happen sooner or later. I bought this guitar as a Stupid Deal of the Day on Musician's Friend in late June of 2020, thinking it would be an affordable upgrade to my Ibanez RG, which I had been thinking about selling (obviously they'd had some of these sitting around the warehouse for a while, the serial number revealed that it was a 5-year-old model!). When this guitar arrived, I took it out of the box, took one look at it, and immediately decided to return it, as the strings weren't even close to lining up with the pole pieces on the pickups, and they seemed to be slightly off-center on the neck - either the bridge wasn't put in the right place, or the neck was put on slightly crooked. Either way, definitely far too expensive of a repair for a guitar in this price range, so I returned it. I was pretty bummed about it, I like Schecters and the blue was a nice color, but I ended up getting a good deal on my PRS SE Custom 24 shortly afterward.

Other Equipment

Amps:
2020 Orange CR60C
2003 Fender Champion 30 DSP (w/line-out jack modification)
2018 Blackstar Unity U500 Bass Amp
Orange CR-3 Micro Crush PiX Mini Amp
Danelectro Honeytone Mini Amp

Former amps:
2008 Fender FM 100H/FM412 half stack (Sold, September 2018)
Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp (Sold, July 2018)

Guitar Pedalboard:
*Temple Audio TRIO 43 board (Vintage White finish) w/IEC AC Mains Micro Module, 2x 4-Way Jack Patch Modules, and Passive Direct Box Modules
*Power: Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 3 Plus/2x Voodoo Lab Pedal Power X8's
*Electric guitar chain:
Board input > Ernie Ball VP JR Tuner/Volume (Send) >
Revv G8 Noise Gate (Send) >
One Control Crocodile Tail Loop Switcher #1
-Loop 1: Dunlop/MXR MC404 CAE Wah (w/Stompin' Ground MP-1 pedalboard mounting plate)
-Loop 2: Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
-Loop 3: MXR M76 Studio Compressor
-Loop 4: Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
-Loop 5: Digitech WH-5 Whammy (MIDI in from Hall of Fame reverb)
-Loop 6: MXR M68 Univibe
-Loop 7: MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz
-Loop 8: Walrus Audio Ages Five-State Overdrive
-Loop 9: Revv G3 Distortion
-Loop 10: Source Audio EQ2 #1 (MIDI in from Crocodile Tail #1, thru to EQ #2)
Crocodile Tail output >  Revv G8 Noise Gate (Return) >
Ernie Ball VP JR Tuner/Volume (Return) >
Amp input > FX Send >
One Control Crocodile Tail Loop Switcher #2 (Slave unit controlled by first switcher)
-Loop 1: Ibanez LF-7 Lo-Fi Filter
-Loop 2: Source Audio EQ2 #2 (MIDI in from EQ #1, thru to Hall of Fame Reverb)
-Loop 3: Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
-Loop 4: Boss BF-3 Flanger
-Loop 5: MXR M290 Mini Phase 95
-Loop 6: Walrus Audio Monument V2 Harmonic Tremolo
-Loop 7: Boss DD-200 Digital Delay
-Loop 8: TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2x4 Reverb (MIDI in from EQ #2, thru to Whammy)
-Loop 9: TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster
-Loop 10 is used for amp channel switching
Crocodile Tail Output > Amp FX Return
*Acoustic guitar chain:
Board input > TC Electronic BodyRez Acoustic Pickup Enhancer > Direct Box Module (XLR out used as DI)

Bass Pedalboard:
*Homemade board w/Voodoo Lab Pedal Power ISO-5 power supply
Input > Ernie Ball 40th Anniversary Volume Pedal >
1980s DOD FX60 Stereo Chorus >
One Control 1 Loop Box (Send) >
Electro-Harmonix Epitome > 1 Loop Box (Return) >
Boss GEB-7 Bass Equalizer (w/Analogman Pro Mod) > Amp input
*Blackstar FS-12/FS-13 foot controllers (used for tuner + effects/amp voicing switching with the U500)

Other Effects:
Headrush MX5 Special Edition Silver Multi FX/Amp Modeler

Former pedals/effects:
Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer (Sold, July 2018)
Boss GE-7 Equalizer (Sold, August 2020)
Boss GT-8 Effects Processor (Sold, May 2010)
Boss OC-3 Super Octave (Sold, May 2013)
Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner (Retired January 2016, given away September 2017)
Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner (Sold, January 2019)
Boss TU-3w Chromatic Tuner (Sold, December 2021)
Coffin Case BDFX-1 Blood Drive (Sold, October 2019)
Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight Cocked Talking Wah/Fuzz (Sold, September 2021)
Ernie Ball 40th Anniversary Volume Pedal (Sold December 2021)
MXR M222 Talk Box (Sold, January 2019)
MXR M169A 10th Anniversary Carbon Copy Delay (Sold, May 2020)
TC Electronic Sentry Noise Gate (Sold, December 2021)
Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD (Sold, July 2020)
Walrus Audio Luminary V2 Quad Octave Generator (Sold, May 2019)
1980s Ross Distortion (Sold, October 2019)
1970s Marlboro Sound Works QSB-II Quadra Sound Blender (Sold, October 2018)
Pedaltrain PT-2 Pedalboard (Sold, August 2018)
Pedaltrain Classic Pro Pedalboard (Sold, December 2021)
Strymon Zuma/Ojai power supplies (Sold, December 2021)

Software:
Open Labs Stagelight 3.5 (Primarily used for drum programming)
Adobe Audition 3.0 (I've previously used predecessors Audition 1.5 and Cool Edit Pro 2.0 as well)
Audacity 2.0.5
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3
IK Multimedia SampleTank 3
IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4.7
Celemony Melodyne Editor 2.1
Arobas Music Guitar Pro 5
Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch 2.2
MixMeister BPM Analyzer 1.0
Avid Media Composer First (Used for editing larger-scale video projects)
Windows Movie Maker (Used for editing smaller-scale video projects)

Hardware:
HP Envy 15 laptop (Running Windows 7)
IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors
Tascam US-122L recording interface
Vox JamVox JV-1 recording interface/monitor/modeling amp
Tascam TM-78 condenser microphone
Shure SM57 dynamic microphone
Shure SM58 dynamic microphone
Sennheiser e906 dynamic instrument microphone
Sony MDR-7506 studio headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M20X studio headphones
2020 iPhone SE (Used for videos/photos)

Other Equipment:
Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano (w/LP1 3-pedal unit)
Maywa Denki Otamatone
TC Electronic UniTune Clip tuner
Heet Sound Products EBow Plus
G7th capos
Dunlop slides
D'Addario/Planet Waves Auto Lock guitar straps
Dunlop Flow picks (1.0mm for guitar, 1.5mm for bass)
Custom Guitar Picks GTEX picks (I use this company for custom pick designs, the ones I have are .96mm)
Ernie Ball strings (I use Slinkys in a variety of gauges on electric/bass guitar, and Earthwood 80/20 Bronze acoustic strings)
Martin M260 ball-end classical strings
Radial Pro D2 direct boxes (2x)
Monster Classic Series instrument cables
3 Monkeys Solderless patch and pedal power cables
Gator instrument cases (Any time I buy a guitar that doesn't have a dedicated OEM case, I go with Gator)
West Coast Pedal Board cable management supplies/misc. pedalboard hardware
Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance products
Big Bends Nut Sauce

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