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 mahogany, and the guitar is covered with a maple top with a flame maple veneer and painted 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.
I have gradually upgraded this guitar with Tusq XL nut, Gotoh GE104B bridge (with Göldo Bridge Adapter M4/M8 conversion posts to ABR-1 bridge), Gotoh GE101A aluminum tailpiece, changed switch washer and tip, leveled the frets and did a full guitar setup. I have also changed the guitar wiring to 50’s style.
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 replica of 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.
It was necessary to cleanup some dust from factory. I have upgraded the guitar with new wiring and Wilkinson bridge with brass saddles. Original wiring is accessible as Roswell recommended wiring.
Bugera G5 Infinium & Blackstar Fly 3
As a main amplifier I’m using a Bugera G5 Infinium. It is a hand-built 5-Watt Class-A amplifier driven by ECC83 and 12BH7 tubes. The amp is great for home practice. It is connected to a DIY cabinet with Celestion Eight-15 speaker.
As a portable amp I have bought a BlackStar Fly 3 Vintage. I’m using the Blackstar usually as a quite good computer stereo speakers (with extension cabinet). Big plus is, that I can play almost anywhere I want.
I have several pedals in my collection. The Azor Looper pedal was a choice aimed for a better practice. I have also built DIY replica of Electro-Harmonix LPB-1. I have bought a replica of Fulltone’s OCD – Obsessive overdrive because I liked the sound and KOKKO’s Compressor for a more focused guitar output.