Eko Ranger 12

12-strings were always somewhat mythical to me. Needless to say I was very intersted when a collegue of my father offered to sell his 12-string acoustic/electric Eko Ranger 12 to me (with only 6 strings because he couldn't handle 12 and a cool little National combo). (more…)...
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Wesley Explorer

This guitar was an impulse and a fun one by that! During someone's birthday (early 2010) I started a chat with an ex-bandmember of the birthday-boy and he told me about this mail-order Explorer of decent quality and bizar low pricing by Wesley Guitars. Being a Metallica fan since age 9 I always wanted to rock an Explorer Hetfield-style, but it just never happened after my interest shifted to superstrats. This was a cool opportunity to rock my childhood back into life! (more…)...
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Ibanez RG550

Around the age of 14 I was really into Dream Theater, Steve Vai, Sun Caged and Joe Satriani. They all used more versatile instruments than my gold Les Paul, my main axe at the time. With some encouragement from my guitar teacher at the time I started my search for a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo, both humbucker AND single coil sounds and 24 frets. (more…)...
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SGH Performer #1

This guitar represents pure love. It made so many good memories that it's not that hard to name it my absolute favourite. Life for this guitar began in 2010 when I got the assignment to make a thesis for my study at Codarts. I decided to look into the current guitar market and find my absolute ultimate guitar. Two pages in I already discovered that such an instrument does simply not exist yet (although a lot of Ibanez RG's come very close I must admit). One of my coaches jokingly hinted that it would be cool if I could present my custom-build instrument a year later. Being a fan of Brian May and his Red Special story for years I realised this was my shot at creating a seriously decent and usable guitar for the first time! Needless to say I took the challenge. ;-) I expected I would fail quite badly so the idea of destroying a beautiful piece of quilted...
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AXE SC24T

This  guitar only has a short story connected my guitar hoarding confession. Because really, I didn't need this guitar at all. It's cheaply made from cheap materials and in terms of features I owned loads of more interesting guitars. I do however like to visit the local pawn shop once in a while to see if there's some sort of deal to be made on an oddity such as this funny thing. You see, they don't get guitar values at all. I've seen terrible pieces of junk for triple their value (and not dropping for 5 years!) and little gems for absolute steals! This one I got for only € 20,- and it was just missing a string, a switch tip and needed a clean-up. The neck is probably maple, fingerboard probably rosewood and the body was definitely plywood. 2 stock humbuckers, master volume, master tone and a 3-way toggle switch. I put a new set of strings on it, did a...
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Goodbye 2016!

And there goes 2016... A LOT has happened this year. Lots of goodness and a big share of the unfortunate alas. All this makes me looking very much forward to 2017! Since my updates on this site have been quite lacking (I'm very sorry!), here's a quick recap of the most notable things that went down this year: (more…)...
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Tribute To Freddie Mercury

I'll be participating in a tribute to Freddie Mercury on November 19th. This means going back to my youth... Queen and especially Brian May have been an influence on my playing and songwriting since my father introduced me to them when I was just 6. I was blown away by the harmonious sound and power of their music and very intrigued by the fact that Brian build his own guitar! From that moment on I knew I wanted to do the same. So playing Queen music and especially transforming it sometimes feels like my child-memories get raped, but nevertheless I decided to participate and finally (after 20 years) REALLY get into the fingers of Brian May and trying my luck in playing his lines on a guitar somewhat like his, through a rig simulating his and using his well known six-pence for a pick. So far I'm having a blast! Update: The show is sold-out! Thanks to all who are attending!...
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