Yamaha APX10

Serial# 80407210

For a long time this has been my "knock-around" guitar. It didn't take the trip across the Pacific too well and for a number of years it hang on my wall as a decoration.

Recently I decided to experiment and turn it into a fretless nylon string guitar. I documented that process here.

I've strung it with Tomastik-Infield KR116 strings, and it is a lot of fun to play.

Here's a little idea I started working out over the next few days:

Two takes, rhythm panned left and lead panned right. The GSP21 does the reverb, and the Line 6 POD 2.0 adds a little grit, gain, and delay to the lead.

Ibanez 540s


Serial# F017776

My main guitar is an Ibanez 540s. This is the original slim sculpted body version in Black Cherry, with Floyd-Rose trem. I bought it in 1988 I think. A friend of mine - a bass player no less - said that one should never let the quality of your instruments hold you back. I sold him the guitar that until then I had been playing (if I recall correctly it was one that I had basically built out of spare parts) and went shopping. It has a seriously good neck.

It still has the original F2 and C2 pickups and frankly I think they get better with age.