Another weakness.

I finally got to send my Les Paul in for a fret job (thanks to tax time). It has needed one for a while. I took it to Portland Fretworks on Friday, which I hear is just as good as Twelfth Fret, but cheaper. They're going to replace all the frets, fabricate a new bone nut, and put on a newly slotted Tune-O-Matic bridge.

When I brought it in they seemed pretty impressed with the windeburst flametop. Then they saw the big crack behind the headstock! :-) Oh well. I play it. That's why I bought it. And with a new fret job it ought to play well for years to come.

I also own a Fender American Standard Stratocaster. Mid 90s vintage. Black, with a maple neck and tortoise pickguard. I put a Baggs X-Bridge on it, which has piezo pickups in the saddles to emulate an acoustic sound. So it has a stereo output like a Parker Fly with both piezo and electric sounds. I used to have a Seymour Duncan JB jr. Humbucker in the bridge slot, but I took it out. Yes, my strat is a frankenstein.

My main player right now is my PRS Standard 22. Translucent red over mahogany. Bird inlays. Hard tail. I dig it. Its like my Les Paul, but lighter, more elegant. Thinner neck. Thinner body. Hotter pickups. 2 Humbuckers with coil taps for the single coil sound. Its a mid 90s model too. I think my strat, my LP, and my PRS were all made within a couple years of eachother. I think the 90s were an awesome decade for guitars.

My acoustic is an Ovation Legend. I need a new acoustic guitar. I am thinking about a Martin D18 or D28. I'd love a D42 but can't afford it. Or a Gibson J160e. That would be nice. The Gibsons are fatter and warmer sounding to me. The Martins are more balanced with a good top end. I'm not a Taylor fan. They're ok I guess for a NKOTB. They sound kind of flat to me.

Electrics I would love to own:

Gibson ES-335
Gibson Flying V
Jackson Soloist SL-1 (Cherry Flame)
Hamer Duotone (USA of course)
Fender Telecaster

Someday I will write a post on all the PA and recording equipment I own. Not to mention a drum kit, keyboard, hand percussion. To be honest, I don't feel bad about it. Music is one of the things God made me to do. My passion. My calling. My hobby. My career. My life. Its only money. And its all going to burn.

Ken Bussell
Minister of Music & Administration
Our Place Christian Church

>sent via blackberry


sean said...

Wow! You have a lot of gear :)

I had a 95 American Standard Strat, but got rid of it. Got an epiphone les paul (not quite the 'real' les paul). I like the tone on it a lot better than the strat.

I have this old yamaha acoustic guitar that's at least 35 years old that sounds pretty nice, as well as a few other acoustics.

I need to get a nice amp though. Although i'm sure the apartment neighbors wouldn't appreciate that as much as I would.

And yeah, I really dig the tone of your PRS. Sounds killer

steve said...

Thats right!! BUY BUY BUY!!!

I am so close to droppin cash on a Baritone guitar... mmmmm low B on a six string.... mmmmm waaaarrrrmmmmm

Chris said...

Hey Ken,

This is Chris Lindgren. I am playing with Toddles at Ethnos now, and I just wandered onto your blog. Todd has shown me some (keyword some;-) and he also has said nothing but great things about you.

Anyways, some good stuff written here; especially like the post above this one about the observations of messages between social classes. You should dive deeper. Good stuff.

I play a reissue '72 Thinline Tele, double humbuckers, semi-hollow, and I love it.

I just sold my Martin DM and Fender Deluxe 112 Plus Amp to buy the "Limited" Fender Hot Rod with the Jensen speaker and brown tolex; with my tele and that amp it brings out some very warm clean tones that I am excited to encorporate. It'll also be my first tube amp.

Okay this is the longest comment ever, so the end.


Ken said...

Hi Chris!

Chris said...

Sup Ken!

Ken said...

Tubes are the ONLY way to go.