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
Epiphone Les Paul
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO is a wonderful guitar. The body and neck are made of mahagony, and the guitar is covered with a top of a flame maple with Heritage Cherry Sunburst (50’s style). 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.
After some time I have upgraded even this guitar with Tusq XL nut, Gotoh GE104B bridge (with Göldo Bridge Adapter M4/M8 conversion posts to ABR-1 50’s style bridge), Gotoh GE101A aluminium Tailpiece, changed switch washer and tip, leveled the frets and did a full guitar setup. The changes are really impressive.
Harley Benton TE-52 NA
Second Electric Guitar that 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 two piece of American ash and neck, C profile, of Canadian maple. The guitar is equipped with Roswell TEA alnico vintage TE style pickups (TEA-N-CR and TEA-B ) and Kluson style machine heads.
Only upgrade done to this guitar is complete cleanup (dust from factory) , clean rewiring and Wilkinson bridge with brass saddles. The default wiring differs from classic Fender style, but it is Roswell recommended wiring and suits for these pickups better.
Bugera G5 Infinium
Finally i have bought a quite good valve amp connected to Celestion Eight-15 speaker.
Blackstar Fly 3 Vintage
Because of travel purposes I have bought a potrable BlackStar Fly 3 Vintage amp. 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.