Schecter Dream Machine Super Strat

A mate asked me to set this up with a lower action, and it was a real pleasure to have it in the house for a week. Very well made instrument, certainly a player’s Strat. The one piece birds eye maple neck had a un-Fender like flat fingerboard radius, brass nut and chunky frets.     […]


2007 Fender Hot Rod 57′ Stratocaster

2007 Fender American Hot Rod 57’ Stratocaster. This guitar was bought as a replacement for a custom shop Stratocaster I’d had for a decade (see AV62 post) I was after a new Strat and was torn between the Hot Rod 57’ model and the Eric Johnson signature guitar, ultimately, this one won due to lack […]


Gibson Les Paul Custom ’68 VOS

My 2007 Gibson Les Paul Custom, 1968 VOS.  This is a special one for me, having seen photos of all of my heroes playing Gibson Les Paul Customs, I knew that I needed to have one. I bought a 2003 “standard” custom many years ago and loved its double bound body and headstock, ebony board […]


2006 Fender Stratocaster AV62 reissue

I recently received a phone call from a friend of mine who was suffering from a severe case of AAS…(acoustic acquisition syndrome) he needed rid of a guitar that he’d bought after seeking my advice to pull the trigger so to speak. The guitar in question was a Strat. Nothing fancy, just a plain old […]


Breedlove OM/FS Acoustic

Acoustics have always been a fickle friend to me over the past 20 years, I hated them, loved them, couldn’t play them right, smashed them, stuck stickers on them and never really gave them a second thought over the shiny Fenders and Gibsons in this world. As I grew up, acoustic records began to filter […]


Squier Jagmaster Project

I’ve never been a fan of the Jag/Jazz family of guitars, simply not a guitar I would choose to play. However, I picked up this body, neck and scratchplate for a good price so it made sense to have some fun refurbishing it. A previous owner of the guitar had attempted some form of artwork, […]


1980s Aria Japan AW100 Acoustic 

Made between 1987 & 1991 the AW100 featured mahogany back and sides, and a spruce. The tone is metallic and thin, very lacking in bottom end and any kind of warmth. For a beginner; the action is low without fret buzz and ideal for getting started without breaking the bank.                     


1998 Fender DG22S Acoustic 

Nice budget guitar with a solid spruce top, rosewood bridge and flame maple back. The tone was surpassingly rich with a lot of depth to it. Made in Korea, 1998.                                


1958 Hofner Congress Archtop

Excellent example of this budget but timeless 50’s design. The lack of a truss rod means it’s generally down to luck if you find one that plays well. This one was a strange combination of being aesthetically excellent but incredibly high action. It suggests a well cared for life, but in plenty of warm environments! […]

strat sound test

Fender Strat Sound Test

STRATOCASTER SOUND TEST Squier Affinity 1970s-style relic Vs Fender 1985 Japanese Modern The Fender is panned hard to the left speaker, and the Squier to the right. Each guitar comps rhythm while the other solos. Both guitars were recorded direct into Logic X via a Focusrite Sapphire Pro 26 mic pre. They have identical amp/reverb/eq/compression […]


1996 Yamaha Pacifica 112

Yamaha changed the budget guitar game in the 1990’s with the Pacifica, bringing a solid alder bodied guitar that played and sounded great at an extremely competitive price. I picked this model up in a poor state, showing years of use without any kind of servicing. I undertook an extensive deep clean, re-soldered some connections, […]


1992 Patrick Eggle Berlin Deluxe

The best guitar I’ve ever had, without exception. Built in 1992, the first full year of production, it is beautifully designed and constructed. The only things I’ve changed from factory are the control layout and pickups. I prefer the volume and tone in Strat positions (with the switch at the back), to the standard Eggle […]