I’ve played guitar for over 10 years.
Edit: In fact, I’ve also been recording guitar videos for over 8 years! Here’s a compilation of those videos since 2006 all the way up to the current year 2014.
I’ve played Stratocasters, Les Pauls, Flying Vs, even 12 string and double-necked guitars, but here’s what I have right now (Jul 2014):
The big news is that I got a Gretsch White Penguin a few weeks ago in immaculate condition. I love this guitar.
I’ve been wanting to have this guitar ever since I saw a Gretsch White Falcon being used in the anime Beck, and the White Penguin combines a smaller body with the amazing gold finish of the Falcon. How does it sound? I did a review here:
Here are my other musical instruments:
Fender American Relic Stratocaster (custom)
I’ve been playing this guitar for about 5 years now. It’s a reliced Fender Stratocaster body with an American standard neck (not a vintage neck), with custom handwound Alnico V/III pickups from Rumpelstiltskin. Great guitar, nitro finish, I’ll probably keep this one forever.
The Martin OMJM is my primary acoustic guitar, and being a big fan of John Mayer, I had to have his acoustic sounds. It’s great. Electric Acoustic and with Englemann Spruce top – you can see it in action in many of my youtube recordings.
Had this one for about 5 years too. All tube, 40 watt amp. I custom installed a Celestion Alnico Blue speaker in it, which makes the tone very very sweet with lots of highs.
Swart Atomic Jr
This is my main amp, it’s a class A 5 watt all tube amp including the rectifiers. It’s got an amazing amount of reverb for such a small thing, and a hot/cool switch to toggle between more highs and more mids. A great small studio amp that I can use for years to come.
I like Vox, my first amp ever was a Vox Valvetronic 30 watter, so when I needed a busking amp to go to Korea with, I chose the 5 watt Vox, which is pretty decent for a battery powered amp.
My preference in pedals have varied greatly over the years. I’ve had Electro Harmonix, Voxes, Danelectros, Digitechs, Bosses, MXRs, Behringers, Dunlops, Visual Sounds, etc but here are my current pedals:
BBE Two Timer
This is a pretty good analog delay. It has two different delays which are both adjustable, and BBE makes some good quality, good value pedals. I’ll probably keep this as my main delay pedal.
BBE Ben Wah
While I’ve played Dunlop Crybabys and Vox Wahs, the BBE Wah is the best value for the money. A great sounding vintage style wah, at about half the price of a vintage Vox or Crybaby wah. Great pedal.
Digitech Hendrix Pedal
I’ve had this pedal on and off for a long time, since my high school days. Since I grew up idolizing Jimi Hendrix, it makes sense why I had this pedal so early on. It’s been discontinued now, but I still keep it as a pedal that does a pretty darn good job of recreating classic Jimi sounds like the Univibe, Octavia and Fuzz Face.
This pedal is very interesting as I don’t use it strictly as an overdrive. It’s both a booster and an overdrive, powered by a miniature tube, and is best in combination with other overdrives and distortions. I use it mainly to beef up my tone, but by itself it doesn’t get a lot of distortion. But man, what a great tone.
MXR Modified OD
This is my main overdrive, and in combination with the Maxon, pushes the amp to breakup very easily. This overdrive is incredibly versatile, it has a 15db boost on it, and you can choose the 100Hz cutoff to shape the frequencies, which makes the sound totally different. Very versatile pedal.
MXR Custom Comp
You know, I’ve gone many years without using a compressor, and now that I have one, I can’t go back. The compressor keeps the same sound you have, but makes it more consistent, you just feel like someone just mastered your guitar sound in a studio. It can also increase or decrease your total playing volume yet keeping the overdrive constant, so I use it to play rock songs at a low volume. Great pedal, should have bought it earlier.
Boss RC3 Looper
I also had the Boss RC2 Looper pedal, and I kind of preferred the drum beats on that pedal to this one. But the RC3’s advantage is that it has 99 slots for storing your music, and you can hook it up to your computer to transfer .WAV files for looping, which is a great feature. It also records from AUX input.
Hardwire Chromatic Tuner
What can I say? It’s a tuner, it does its job, its a basic requirement for guitarists.
Casio Celviano Digital Piano
This is my piano whenever I need a piano recording, and it does a pretty good job for the price, which was $800 when I bought it.