Category: My Band

My First Electric Guitar

In 1991 my parents bought me my first electric guitar and electric guitar amp for Christmas. The guitar was a brand new Squier II HSS Stratocaster in red, and the amp was a Peavey Rage 108 solid state practice amp. I loved that thing, and I learned on it for years but it eventually became my experimental project guitar. It was on that guitar that I taught myself how to replace pickups and knobs, and as you can see in the 3rd photo I even tried my hand (unsuccessfully) at painting. Eventually, I moved on from that guitar to others, an Aspen Les Paul copy, a Washburn (also seen in photo 3), and some other off-brand emerald green S-type that wasn’t work its weight in wood. Unfortunately in the end, I modified the Squier into oblivion. Its mangled body resided at a friend’s house for years, while its neck lived the rest of its life in my storage shed. The bridge and electronics live in a ziplock bag in my tool box. While my original Squier II won’t be played again, I may have found its brother online, and it may have to come live with me soon…

High Fidelity – Won’t Get Fooled Again

I had uploaded this video (High Fidelity playing The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”) to YouTube, but YouTube’s processing of the video put the video and audio out of sync. This version is the original, higher resolution version.

High Fidelity – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Whining – Guitars

Errrrgh! So, I finally have the guitars I’ve always wanted but now they all need work. The Carvin DC-200 needs its intonation and action fixed. The Peavey Wolfgang Special FR needs its action fixed, and the Peavey Wolfgang Special ST needs its intonation adjusted. Dammit! That’s a big chunk of change to get all that work done. The Carvin was my main axe for years, and has only been tweaked once, so it’s definitely due for some repairs. The Peavey Wolfgang Special FR is a 1998 model, and I’m not suprised it needs some work. (Let’s just say it’s an “experienced” guitar. 😉 ) The Peavey Wolfgang Special ST just needs the Tune-O-Matic adjusted so that it’s intonation will be correct. That guitar is brand new, but sat on a shelf for a long time before it found a home in my office.

Anyway, it looks like I’m gonna have to prioritize what gets fixed first. I can’t afford ~$300 worth of guitar adjustments in one lump. Like I said earlier – Errrrghhh!!!