So it all started when I was very young. My grandma was an opera singer and taught all the kids music. When I started photography, around freshmen in highschool, I also picked up the guitar. It has been apart of my creativity ever since.
Over the years I acquired a few guitars and basses. I gave some away a few to friends. The one's that stayed is my 2nd guitar, a modified Dearmond M75T, a new Steinberger Spriit and a Mini Martin acoustic.
The 2nd guitar is build from parts by me around mid 80's. A Late 70's Dimarzio Strat body, Kramer beretta neck and miscellanies parts. Went through several pickups and finally settled with EMG 80 and EMG SA single coil. It was the only guitar that I had for years. Lashed out my youth anger and frustration with it. All the energy and emotion transfered through the strings. So I really have to thank "The Green Machine" and music for that. Otherwise I would've end up in "Trouble". It is now resting on the wall. In peace.
The Dearmond M75T came about just after I started advertising/pre-production work for Daily News. It was pretty cheap but looked really cool. I love Les Paul but I wanted something just a little bigger. The M75T fit the spot. However the frets is just to standard. So I bought it to Jim Millenchuck. Introduced by a best friend, Sean Kilkenny. Asked him if he can replaced the frets with "G" medium jumbo frets. The work is so amazing. The neck and frets are still perfectly straight. Even when I left the M75T in a storage for almost 2 years. Currently the stock bridge pickup is replaced by a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails. The "Champange Elysee" is currently my favorite.
The Steinberger came about when I realized my back can't handle too much stress. Needed something lighter ( also the reason I switched to Micro 4/3rd camera system.) The standard EMG select pickups are ok but low in output. I found the EMG H4 passive pickups. Equivalent of EMG 80 but less output. The best is no Battery needed. Switched out the 5 way to 3 way selector. Great thing about "The Stick" is it stays in tune.
Mini Martin came about when I was traveling back and fourth from New York and So Cal. Needed something not too expensive, ready to travel around and doesn't bother neigborghing dewelers in New York City. "Mini me" is perfect for such requirement.
I still play. Little less. Little more. Depending on the mood.
- Feburary 25, 2015