After almost a year of playing on my acoustic guitar I have decided to switch to electric guitar. After a long pick, I finally decided to buy a Les Paul type guitar produced by Epiphone and I haven’t regretted my decision for a single day
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO is a wonderful guitar. The body and neck are made of mahogany, and the guitar is covered with a top of a flame maple with Heritage Cherry Sunburst. The neck profile is 1960’s SlimTaper D profile. The guitar is equipped with Grover tuning machines and PAF style pickups (ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3) with coil-splitting.
Second Electric Guitar I bought (a year later) is Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series. The guitar is inspired by 52’s Telecaster and despite the guitar low price it is surprisingly well made. The body is made of American ash and neck (C profile) of Canadian maple. The guitar is equipped with Roswell TEA alnico vintage TE style pickups and Kluson style machine heads.
An electric guitar without an amplifier is like a fish without water. Thus I bought (in the end) two additional amplifiers to the guitar: Marshall MG15CRF and potrable BlackStar Fly 3 Vintage. I have upgraded the Marshall with a better speaker. The original speaker sounded a little dull, so I have chosen Celestion Eight-15 as a replacement. After this upgrade I have no complaints – the amp is able to withstand all my successful and unsuccessful DIY electronics experiments and also my playing. The Blackstar can substitute as a quite good computer stereo speakers, provided you connected an extension cabinet and of course I can play almost anywhere I want.
A natural step for an electric guitar player is to enrich his collection with a selection of pedals. The Azor Looper pedal was a choice aimed for a better practice. After that, I have experimented with DIY tube preamps and I have ended up with a DIY replica of Electro-Harmonix LPB-1. I have also bought a replica of Fulltone’s OCD – Obsessive overdrive because I liked the sound and KOKKO’s Compressor for a more focused guitar output.