My humble guitar collection. This is not a spec list, but rather a little info and story on the different guitars I currently own. I am not a collector by any standards, and staying under 10 guitars seems to fit my needs fine.
I started out with a 1981 Hagström Les Paul Sunburst, then a red 1987 Charvel Model 2, followed by a black 198x Gibson Les Paul Custom, a white 197x Fender Stratocaster, a marine sunburst 1986 Ibanez Roadstar II Steve Lukather (RS1010SL), a white pearl 1986 Kramer Floyd Rose Signature, a white pearl 1986 Fernandes JS-100 Rhoads and probably a few others I can't remember. When I finally got my first Jackson in 1997, there was no way back.
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Fernandes JS-100 Limited Edition 1986, Made in Japan. Jackson Rhoads copy.
Pearl White body, refinished and modified. Three piece quartersawn laminated hard rock maple neck, stripped from paint, then oiled. Frets looks like Dunlop 6230 or vintage Fender size, which is very narrow and low action fretwire - just like the early Randy Rhoads guitars Jackson and Mike Shannon built in the early 80's. They too had 3-piece necks.
Set neck construction. Rosewood fingerbooard with silver-grey phenolic sharkfin inlays. Soft maple body, 5-piece. Seymour Duncan TB-5 bridge, DiMarzio YJM neck. Custom pickup rings and truss rod cover by Dave from Frets On The Net.
Floyd Rose Original Chrome bridge taken from my Kramer Floyd Rose Signature 1986 guitar (now sold). This model originally came with a very low quality, "Fernandes" logoed tremolo, which is much like the Jackson JT-6 tremolo in design.
Aluminium back plates, misc. hardware and parts from Stewmac, 5-way Super Switch + volume.
Jackson Rhoads Pro 1993 from the Professional Series, Dark Metallic Blue, Made in Japan. Bought it new from a guitar store in 1997. It had been hanging there since 1993 without selling! Thank you, Curt Kobain, for your POS music that killed off heavy metal, making these guitars easily available!
This was my first Jackson and I didn't know much about it back then. It played great in the store and I had to have it. Paid $1300 (list price was $2000!). I thought it was an American made instrument and I was in heaven! I got very sad, when I later found out it was from Japan. Didn't care if it played great; I thought I finally had a USA Jackson, but I didn't! LOL! How stupid can you be? I was truly a newbie to Jackson guitars. I later learned about the early Professional Series from Japan and today I'm much wiser and love my 1993 Pro very much. It is my most gigged guitar.
In 2005, I pulled the original active electronics and pickups, and put in 2 x EMG85's and a new Floyd Rose II baseplate. The original JT-590 baseplate was shot. Much more tight sounding with the EMG's.
Info to come...
Fender Stratocaster Custom Edition, Yngwie Malmsteen Signature, Made in Japan 1996.
Bought this one used in 2005. Came with American Vintage 57/62s pickups (waxed cloth wires). I changed the machine tuners to the Gotoh Locking Vintage Oval type (read review here) and put in DiMarzio HS-2 and HS-3 pickups. Also, I swapped the saddles for FerraGlide Saddles. Note: the pictures here are taken before any of the above mentioned modifications was carried out.
This guitar really nails the Yngwie tone, with its scalloped maple neck, the brass nut and the low output DiMarzio pickups. It's funny to play and the vibrato control is awesome! Much more responsive than a non-scalloped neck. The neck is quite small and thin and the frets are huge. The Japanese YJM guitars typically have a shallower scallop compared to the American YJM.
Personal notes on the Fender Custom Edition Japan
They are usually factory made guitars given extra features and attention with regards to pick-ups, wood selection or finish. Custom Edition guitars were not Custom Shop. Custom Edition are usually special runs made for chain stores in Japan or Limited Edition series for the Japanese market.
The Extrad or Japan Custom Edition ones are dead on replicas of the original Fenders, 100% nitro and are so good they are way above anything Fender USA has made since the 50's.
Jackson RR1 1997, Metallic Black. Made in USA.
Approximate list price for an RR1 in Denmark is $3800 (yeah, better take a deep breath). I bought this one used in 2005. I didn't need another guitar, but this one was priced right.
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Charvel 475 Deluxe in Metallic Black. Found this one in Denmark one day, looking through an online newspaper. The price was low and I asked for my brother to pick it up ASAP, as it was local to him. The deal was done in less than 1 hour from the the time the ad came up. My fastest purchase to date. And my cheapest too.
The neck is the most thin I've ever experienced on any guitar, making it feel very wide too. The guitar is all original and in pretty good shape. The original JT-590 tremolo is in excellent condition. The neck needs some work though, as there's a little bump around fret 14 and some of the frets are pretty worn too. The sound and the versatility of the active electronics and the original Jackson pickups has really impressed me. Normally, I prefer passive pickups, but the configuration with the JE-1200 active mid-boost circuitry is really nice.