I have GAS

My wife says I have GAS.  I think she’s right.  No, she doesn’t mean I overly produce mass quantities of the smelly stuff that can clear a room.  If not that, then what exactly is GAS, you may ask?  It’s Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (full disclosure – A guy at work came up with the term GAS.  I can’t take credit for it.)  Anyway, I’m addicted to guitars.  I had 8; now I have 9.  I just acquired what I think is an Epiphone Les Paul off of eBay.  I’m not entirely sure what it is, and neither was the seller.  More on that later…

While my collection may seem modest by some standards, I can assure you my wife would consider it to be more than adequate, possibly verging on the extreme.  I think the same of her shoe collection, but we love each other in spite of our little eccentricities, so it’s all good.  Anyway, I’m not a professional musician.  Far from it, in fact.  I’m just a guy who’s been playing bass on and off for 25 years in assorted bar bands, and only started seriously playing guitar two and half years ago.  By seriously, I mean I joined a band who plays for free once a month, 5 months a year.  Not exactly what you’d call a “working musician.”  🙂

Here’s what I’ve got at the moment:

  • Washburn Raven – This originally was my sister’s guitar.  Somehow over the course of time it migrated from her room to mine, and eventually became “my guitar.”
  • Kramer Striker Bass – My first bass.  It served me well all through high school and my first 6 bands.
  • Fender Precision Bass – I got this right after band #7 broke up because we all graduated college and I moved to Atlanta.  Haven’t played bass in a working band since.  Go figure.
  • Yamaha Classical – My loving wife got this for me when I told her I wanted an acoustic guitar to take to the boat.  She’s not into guitars so she didn’t know the difference.  Still, she’s a wonderful woman for buying me one.
  • Fender California Acoustic – I picked this up to take to the boat.  I love my wife dearly, but trying to play a classical guitar in a folk style just doesn’t work, so the Yamaha became decoration.
  • Fender “Fat” Stratocaster – After joining my current band as the rhythm guitar player and using the Washburn for the first couple of gigs, I thought it was time to get myself a decent electric.  This is my favorite guitar right now.
  • Stewart Stow-Away – I travel for my job.  The Stewart is the perfect travel guitar for me.  If you’ve never seen one, head over to http://www.stewartguitars.com.  It looks like a Strat, plays like a Strat, and sounds like a Strat.  It’s an awesome guitar that fits inside a standard roll-aboard suitcase.  Very cool.
  • Martin Acoustic – The Fender acoustic is nice, but the tone of the Martin is spectacular.  What an amazing full, warm, rich sound.  My current band had been together for 2 years, so I figured it was a safe bet that I would be gigging with this axe.
  • The Les Paul I bought on eBay – The reason I decided to start this blog.

So, what’s the deal with the Les Paul from eBay?  Well, I wanted a project guitar.  Something I could tweak and play with without worrying about screwing up a “good” guitar.  I didn’t want to do major surgery on any of my existing guitars for various reasons ranging from sentimental (my wife bought it, or it’s been in the family for 30 years) to rational (it’s the main axe when I play out).

Thus begins my winter project – turning a $135 guitar from eBay into of a copy of a 1960 Les Paul custom with a Bigsby tremolo.  The end result is what I’m calling my “Faux Paul.”

Stay tuned for updates, pictures, and sound clips as I do my best modifying the guitar.