my Music (well, at least some of it...:
This section shows my collection of guitars and bass
guitars and also my personal monthly Top 10 list of
my music DVDs.
At least I will try to update the
list monthly - provided that time permits...).
If you are just looking for my music, please click
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My guitars (Left to right):
Pacifica 112, built 1999 - my "workhorse",
always on duty
Ibanez Artist 2611 with Super70s
Pickups, built 1977 - my first guitar
Spanish guitar, built 1979 - unfortunately slightly
Ibanez AEG10N, built 2002 - nylon
strings, cutaway, Fishman pickup
AG75, built 2003 - little blue "Jazz-Mama",
warm, full tone
Ibanez ES-335 copy, built
1976 - an old "copy" of a Gibson guitar
Yamaha APX-4A, built 1998 - small guitar with
great acoustic sound.
The above picture was taken a few years ago and since
then my collection has grown a little. Today I am sharing
my living room with some more "guests"...
The picture below shows my Fender Mexico Standard
Stratocaster on the left. This guitar features a
selected flamed maple top in tobacco sunburst. On the
right you see my Epiphone Sheraton II in natural
colour, maple top, back and sides. This guitar is equipped
with Grover tuners and the new (2004) DoubleWaxed Epiphone
The next picture shows my current favourite acoustic
guitars. On the left my translucent-blue Yamaha CPX-15
South with a dual pickup system. The CPX-15 offers
a standard piezo pickup under the bridge as well as
a flexible condenser mike in the body. Both can be mixed
to give you exactly the sound you are looking for -
without any additional tricks of the trade...
A similar technique is used for my Yamaha CGX-171SCF.
The only major difference is the lack of a
tone control for the condenser mike in the body. The
CGX-171SCF features a massive spruce top and
a massive cypres wood body - not too forget the gorgeous
The photo below on the left shows my Epiphone
LesPaul Standard Plus (built in 2004). I searched
for an affordable good quality LesPaul guitar for years
until I finally found this guitar in April 2005 - and
it definitely offers more than just good looks.
Pretty rare for an Epiphone it was built near to perfection
by Gibson China and features a one piece mahogany body
with a nicely coloured CherrySunburst maple top, Grover
tuners and double vacuum waxed 59er humbuckers - I simply
couldn't resist... ;-).
Did I mention the
sound yet? Well, not as into your face as with Gibson
Burstbuckers but still very usable...
The guitar on the right is another gem in my collection
since I found her in spring 2005. A wonderfully crafted
Ibanez Artcore 105NT in natural colour, equipped
with exceptional Ibanez Super58 pickups, smoothly working
tuners in Grover-Style, perfect mother-of-pearl and
abalone inlays and volume- and tone control knobs made
of rare woods... - what more can I say?!
The next pictures show some of my later purchases
On the left my Ibanez Prestige
S2170FW with a wild poplar top, on top of a selected
light-weight mahogany body..
The bolt-on neck follows
the popular Wizard II format with smoothly polished
The "modern" DiMarzio/Ibz
Pickups and the futuristic ZR-Tremolo support a rare
high-tech sound of its own - great guitar!!!!
The picture on the right shows my Schecter Diamond
C-1 Classic guitar with a neck-thru-body construction
(maple/walnut sandwich), mahogany body, a beautiful
quilted maple top, two matched Seymour Duncon humbuckers
- a SSH-2n "Jazz" in the neck position and
a SSH-4 "Jeff Beck" at the bridge - Grover
tuners, Tonepros TOM bridge, strings-thru-body and unbelievable
"Vine of Life" inlays in the fretboard. Unusual
as the rest of the guitar is the 5-way pickup switch
which allows also split-sounds of the humbuckers.
The next duo are (left photo) a true bargain
of a YAMAHA Pacifica 311 "Mike Stern",
a budget version of Yamaha's legendary Mike Stern signature
guitar, built completely from original Yamaha parts.
The untreated one piece maple neck, the strings-thru-body
construction, two highly dynamic humbuckers - the bridge
humbucker built in the style of the famous "Hotrail"
pickup with twin blades - let the guitar sound much
worthier than its price suggests. Downside of this great
sounding instrument are the sloppy finishing and the
cheap appearance of many parts of the guitar...
Anyway, similar to my "honest to the bone"
Pacifica 112 this guitar is a great axe for the studio,
although I would not want to show her on stage...
How to do it right (at seven times the price) shows
my German built FRAMUS Spitfire Custom guitar
(right photo). When played without amp this guitar shows
a similar character, however its more versatile and
higher quality Seymour-Duncan Classic Alnico pickups
(including a "Jeff Beck" humbucker in the
bridge position), a remarkable original Wilkinson tremolo
and superior finish lets it shine in all aspects. Its
AAA quilted maple top with noble fake bindings on an
American swamp ash body and a one-piece maple neck let
this guitar look and sound like one of a kind.
The GIBSON LesPaul Standard (below on the
left side) with a faded honey burst AA maple top, a
50's neck profile and the famous Burstbucker Pro pickups
was my early Christmas present 2007. I was able to choose
my favourite out of a shipment of six of these guitars.
The workmanship is everything but perfect (as usual
with guitars "Made in USA") but this guitar
shines with very light and resonating tone-wood and
extremely dynamic "swinging" pickups...
Right before Easter 2008 I stumbled over another
beauty, offered at an unbelievably low price. This Epiphone
SG-400 Ebony Limited Edition with gold hardware
and 3 Classic Alnico Pickups, built by the GIBSON factory
in China, is now another great looking and sounding
part of my collection...
Guitar number 20 of my collection is a US Custom
Shop "Limited Edition" Ovation LX Standard
Elite built in 2006. This guitar features a massive
Sitka spruce top without the usual "Epaulettes"
below the strings.
This (at least for the LX series)
unusual design in connection with the
X-bracing and the new deep Contour Bowl body generates
a never before heard deep and crispy acoustic quality
for an Ovation guitar.
The high quality combination
of an OP-Pro pre-amp and OCP-1 piezo pickup convert
this acoustic quality into a great amplified sound.
The guitar on the right is my Taylor 314CE,
built with a massive spruce top, a massive Sapele body,
mahogany neck and ebony fretboard. The 314CE features
the same exclusive pickup system as the more expensive
models, the so-called "Expression"-System,
co-develloped by famous sound-guru Rupert Neve. This
guitar combines great craftsmanship, excellent playability
and superb sound - a "normal" Taylor guitar.
Other purchases in 2008 are my first 12-string
guitar, an Ibanez EW2012AES-NT with an great
looking body made from laminated quilted ash. Compared
to my other guitars its acoustic sound is rather thin
and boxy, its amplified sound is pretty good however
due to its B-Band Piezo pickup and SRT PreAmp
with built-in tuner and an alternative XLR-Out.
My Epiphone LesPaul UltraII on the right
is a technically and visually very interesting guitar.
In addition to its normal Alnico-Classic humbuckers
it has a built-in Shadow NanoMag pickup for more
Other great features are the quilted
maple top, carved sound chambers in the mahogay body
and the stereo output (dedicated outputs for the humbuckers
and the Nanomag).
Unfortunately its build quality
is not very convincing and it took me a while to find
an acceptable guitar.
Two special beauties are my alpine white Gibson
LesPaul Studio with gold Hardware and ebony fretboard.
Looks just awesome, plays smooth as silk and sounds
fantastic. Pretty unusual for a Gibson my guitar shows
also perfect craftmanship. I stumbled across this beauty
in Holly wood - no, I'm not joking here. I purchased
my LesPaul Studio at the famous Hollywood Guitar Center
in summer 2008.
The guitar left is no doubt the
Queen of my collection and my 25th guitar, a 1993 Gibson
L-5 Custom Shop 'Wes Montgomery', built by Jim Hutchinson
himself on June 30th, 1993.
Other than most L-5
this guitar features only one single '57 Humbucker in
the neck position. Thus the particular acoustic sound
of the handcrafted massice spruce top is even more distiguished
than on standard L-5s. A dream of a guitar!
The two following guitars are the latest additions
to my collection.
On the left a Fender 1954er
Stratocaster, built on February 8th, 1994 in the
Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California (SN:
What made this guitar so irresistably
to me was the fantastic flamed maple neck - something
I was looking for for some 15 years...
this Strat is rather an underdog with historically low
output pickups - however extremely clear and well balanced
and delicate in clean amp settings...
On the right
side a good surprise from Gibson - my love-hate guitar
manufacturer. The 2010 LesPaul Traditional Pro
offers split Humbuckers (a 57 in the neck position and
a Burstbucker3 at the bridge), great locking tuners
from Grover and a satin finish of the neck and body.
No surprise was the poor workmanship which required
a few hours of extra work to polish and set up the guitar
correctly but it was immanent from the first second
that its wood and hardware offered way more potential
than its three siblings which I checked out in the shop.
Now this guitar is one of the highlights of my collection
and quickly sums up more hours than most of my other
...and finally a different kind of instruments, my
two bass guitars:
The picture below shows my Peavey Fury V Bass
on the left, a 5-string bass with a basswood body (nomen
est omen!), a quilted maple top, maple neck with rosewood
fingerboard, active "soapbar" pickups and
active electronics with 3-band tone control.
Fury V received the "Best New Bass 2002" US-Award
and is simply an unbelievably good sounding instrument.
On the right is my Warwick Rockbass Corvette
fretless 5-string bass with an ash body in translucent
red-gloss finish, maple neck and ebony fingerboard,
passive MEC Dynamic Correction J/J pickups and passive
electronics with 2-band tone control.
My TOP 10 Music DVDs as of January
1.) E.S.T. - Live in Stockholm
1.) David Gilmour - Live In Concert
3.) Joe Bonamassa - Live at Rockpalast
4.) Santana - Hymns for peace (Live at Montreux 2004)
5.) Mark Gillespie - Supersonic Wednesday
6.) U2 - Live from Slane
7.) DreamTheater - Live at Budokan
8.) Joe Satriani - Live! 2006
Rory Gallagher - Rockpalast Live in Concert
Friend 'n Fellow
- Live DVD
Done! That's it for now... More info and my MP3 files
on the next page and more to follow soon... ;o)