Just Another Guitar Player

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After a horrid stint with the accordian that lasted for the better part of a year, I finally persuaded my parents to get me a guitar.  That was in 1965, and I've been playing guitar ever since.  By the late 1960s, I was playing in local bands at some fairly big venues.  By the early 1970s, I was already getting burnt out on the rock music scene and discovered classical guitar.  I've been hooked on classical ever since, although I still play my electrics on a regular basis.  I played classical in restaurants, for weddings, and private parties, and electric in casual bands when I was in college and for several years afterward.

It's been a long time since I played in a band.  Last one was a jazz quartet I put together back in 1999.  Sax, guitar, bass, drums.  We had a good sound, played all the old standards, and were doing alright until the bass player blew town one night, and moved to Mississippi.  Tried to get things going again, but we just slowly drifted apart.

Here's a partial list of some guitars I've known and owned (shown more or less in chronological order of ownership):

Electrics:

Harmony solid body electric -- single pickup, circa 1965.  My first "real" guitar
Fender Stratocaster, 1963, sunburst.  I don't even want to think about what that guitar is worth now.
Gibson SG Special.  Twin P90 soapbar pickups. Circa 1963.  A very sweet sounding axe.
Gibson Les Paul Custon. 1968, first year of the reissue.  I had a real love-hate relationship with that guitar: loved the sound, hated the way it played.
Gibson SG Standard, circa 1968.  A decent guitar, got the job done.
Osborne solid body prototype, 1977, s/n 00006.  Very rare, very obscure.  Sounds and plays like a LP, but lighter and not worth nearly as much.
Boogiebodies Strat copy,
circa 1982.  Seymour Duncan HotStax pickups.    Killer looks and even better sound.
Fender American Standard Stratocaster, 50th Year Anniv. 1996.  A great sounding and playing instrument.
Kramer Focus 1000, circa 1980.  A Van Halen special (single pup with a whang bar) that I heavily customized.  Sounds great, plays great.
Fender Squire Venus, circa 1997.  Courtney Love model.  Rare, sounds and plays just okay.
Ibanez 2455NT, 1977.  Big, fat, blonde jazz guitar.  Incredible.
Gibson Showcase Edition SG. 1984.  One of 400 made.  Rare, sounds good, plays great.
Gibson Les Paul Special TV model.  Double cutaway, twin P90s.  Great little guitar.

Acoustics:

Goya dreadnaught-sized steel string, circa 1971.  My first good quality acoustic guitar.
Aria nylon string, circa 1969.  Basic cheapo beginner model classical
Jose Ramirez 1a 10-string, 1973.  Made in Madrid.  A true, concert-class instrument
Takamine 12-string "lawsuit model".  Not a bad guitar . . . not a particularly good one, either.
Aria Maestro MH-100, circa 1983.  Aria's top-of-the-line handbuilt classical
Condal, 1968.  Made in Madrid.  Beautiful little classical
Francisco Navarro, 2002.  Very nice classical made by Mexico's top luthier.
McBroom guitars 1 through 6, 8.  All classicals, except for number 4 (a steel string), all 6-string except for 8, which is a 10-string.

Digital Audio Workstation:

It's been a while since I upgraded my DA workstation.  It's still capable, though -- gets the job done.  I'm running a PC with 768MB RAM and 50 gigs of drive space (told you it was old).  It has three, count 'em, three sound cards: an M-Audio Delta 66, Creative SB somethingoranother, and a Yamaha XG card with an interesting set of instruments.  The system is hooked up to a Mackie 12-channel mixer, component stereo with reference speakers, a Yamaha synth keyboard, a Beringer compressor and multi-effects unit, and a Roland JV-1010 synth unit.  Also hooked into it is a Roland GR-33 guitar synthesizer and a couple of Marshall amps via their line-outs.  I also have a couple of Shure condenser mics to handle the acoustic chores.  Like I say, it gets the job done.  Software is Cakewalk Sonar and a bunch of other stuff.


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