A guide to our guitar collection, in order of acquisition.
Squier Stratocaster – July 2004
It was originally bought as a surprise gift for Michael, who didn’t have much time to spare for taking up guitar again, so I “yoinked” it and began attempting to teach myself to play. For a cheap, entry level guitar, it’s among the best, and for a basic learning guitar you really can’t go wrong.
However, I’m a bit of a fickle bugger, and I soon felt the need to upgrade to something not most commonly seen on the back of a 12 year old schoolboy. I wanted something with a bit of welly, something that would rawk. So I went for an entry level guitar from ESP.
ESP LTD M-50 – November 2004
See review here. I still love this guitar, and since playing others, I’ve come to appreciate how light it is. And with that lovely black finish, it’s still damn sexy.
Line 6 Variax 500 – February 2005
See article here. Michael’s magic guitar! I haven’t played the Variax much, as its heavy body and wide neck isn’t really suited to those short of arm and stubby of finger. But the modelling is impressive.
Danelectro 56-U2 – Easter 2005
See review here. A splendid second-hand find at Ron’s Music in Darlington, Co. Durham. The 1990 re-issue of the 50’s classic. A bit of jangly retro loveliness, but it does need a bit of work.
Epiphone Les Paul Special II – Christmas 2005
I nicknamed this the “Tesco Value Les Paul”, because it’s the cheapest LP type guitar out there that has the remotest hint of Gibson ancestry. I’m sure, compared to a ‘real’ Les Paul, it doesn’t come close, but for those of us not blessed with enough cash to even look at anything with the Gibson logo on, it seems like a good example of the shape and style.
Our collection is a good mix of cheap, basic versions of the most popular guitar types, with a couple of different models thrown in for good measure. The ESP is definitely “my” guitar, with the Tesco Value Les Paul a close second. It’s a nice set up, enough for us to keep us occupied when we fancy a strum, but I can’t guarantee that it’ll stay that way. It’s only a matter of time before something else catches my eye and twangs my heartstrings.