I don't have the prices like he did... I'll give rough guides where I can... all prices in GBP btw.
- Tata Classical Guitar - my Mum and Dad bought it for me when I was about 11 after my continual whinging I wanted a guitar. Then my Mum insisted I had "proper" lessons and soon I was off learning classical guitar Grade 1 etc. from Pam who was an old school friend of my elder sister. Price - no idea probably about £15. Traded in when I got my FC40 - actually saw one recently at a second hand stall in Whitstable might have been mine... you never know.
- Old Italian Mandolin - I inherited this from my Great Aunt. Not in great nick, the bowl back had a crack in it the neck had been repaired and the tuners were a mismatch as a result of that repair. I tried to learn for a few years in my teens but it ended up being thrown away - which on reflection was a travesty I should have tried to repair it better.
- Columbus Strat Copy - a three tone rosewood board Strat Copy. £75 from my Mum's mail order catalogue I paid back £1.50 a week for a year! Sold to second hand shop in Gillingham in bits about 20 years ago after having a humbucker inserted in the bridge position way before that was a cool thing to do.
- Fender Classical FC40 - from Unisound in Chatham. About £70 I think. Still own it. Mum got it when Pam (see above) said I needed to move on to a new teacher at the Kent Music School.
- Eko Ranger 6 - about £60 from Simpson's in Gillingham. Used for years as my acoustic at home. Sold for a song stupidly at a charity auction at my son's old primary school... still regret letting it go really!
- Nunostrat - my home assembled dual humbucker strat - started with my Dad in 1981 and over many years many mods.
- Squire JV 1962 Strat - about £210 from Boogie In Charing Cross Road (I think, might have been Denmark St) bought this in Aug 1983 and still own it and use it - see previous post - great guitar. I've fitted USA Strat electric in it in the 90s (one with the TBX tone control) and locking tuners as well.
- Peter Cook Axis 6 String - bought in the early 1980s from Andy's in Denmark Str - about £200 I think. Not used too much these days but I love it as a guitar - frankly would cost a big figure to replace with similar quality
- Gordon Smith GS1 - bought from Richies in Gillingham for about £175 I think. Great one pickup guitar - my plan then was to just buy a collection of British guitar makers - I still would love an original Jon Birch. Sold some years ago back to Richies. Again a regret!
- Peter Cook Axis Bass - bought for about £160 from Unisound in Chatham. Great great bass - recently featured in Guitar and Bass magazine - sold onto Flat Eric to add to his collection after I'd had it about 15 - 20 years.
- Yamaha LL11 - about £200 from Acoustic Guitar Centre in Wapping. Terrific guitar - love the sound of it still to this day.
- Yamaha 12 string - about £130 I think from Sharon Music in Gillingham. Still own it but hardly ever used now.
- Gordon Smith Graduate 60 - terrific guitar, looks like a Les Paul sounds like a PRS and much lighter than either. Gordon Smith's can be erratic in terms of quality I was able to try several in Music Ground in Denmark Street before buying this one. I think it was about £700 at the time I got it.
- Crafter bowl back acoustic - I wanted an electro for some gigs I was doing and bought this for about £150 from Socodi in Canterbury - frankly, not the best guitar I ever owned, fretting was rubbish about the tenth fret, buzzes, uneven etc. and the amplified sound level was never constant. Sold on to someone in a pub one day!
- Gibson Les Paul Special - in worn faded cherry finish. I thought I needed a P90 guitar in the collection so bought this from Peter Cook's Guitar World. Nice guitar but never really did get on with the pickups in the end I sold it to a friend who was stepping up from a tele copy.
- Ibanez 5 String bass - bought from a guy who'd wanted to try a 5 string but found he couldn't cope in terrific as new condition about £160 I think. Simply my bass I drag out to add bottom end to my recordings but it is nice enough.
- Gibson Les Paul Custom. I'd always wanted a proper Les Paul since being a kid - when I bought the Columbus there was a Saxon (I think that was the brand) Les Paul Custom copy on the same page that I couldn't afford and a friend had a Columbus one etc. I bought this via the USA - about £1750 which was a bargain frankly.
- PRS CE 22 - saw this up for only £650 in Mid Air Music in Chatham. It wasn't in great nick needing a good clean up and reset up and for some reason I couldn't fathom someone had swapped off the PRS tuners for some non- locking ones, I got some PRS ones refitted. Really versatile, to be honest my "go to" guitar for any gig really as it'll just cope with anything you chuck at it.
- Yamaha CPX500. I wanted an electro (the LL11 wasn't until I fitted a permanent Fishman pickup to it only last year) to play live solo gigs. about £170 from Mid Air Music again
- Vintage Gordon Giltrap 12 striing - to replace the Yamaha where I'd tried to fix the bridge raising on it with limited success and that wasn't an electro. Terrific sounding 12 string. From Ivor Mairants about £400
- Home Built Tele - my home built Amber - kit was about £100 and then I spent about £60 on pickups.
- Vintage Gordon Giltrap deluxe 6 string - having loved the 12 string I was planning to get the 6 string to match when they announced this deluxe upgrade and I bought that too from Ivor Mairants for about £620. Great sounding guitar esp unplugged - plugged it has the fisman unit which I liked so much I fitted a similar into the LL11.
- Stagg Mandolin - my second attempt to become a mandolin player - cheap A style mandolin Mrs F got me as a present
So that is 23... of which 8 have left at some point. Leaving 15.
One other thing I've noticed... with the exception of Ivor Mairants every shop mentioned here has closed - that is a shame, many great memories of many of them. I remember just lusting after a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top in Unisound when a spotty teenager and them graciously letting me play a large headstock black scratchplate Strat when trying an amp out in the late 70s.... etc.
Right... to add to this...
Amps I've owned...
- Audition 30w - God awful thing that I bought from Woolworths. I had little/no money and it was the best I could get to accompany my Columbus. The earth hum was terrible and frankly I was never sure the bloody thing was safe at all! Sold to a friend (he may not have been afterwards!)
- Custom Sound Trucker - about as simple as you can get. Input, Vol, Treble, Bass, On/off and a 12 inch speaker. Good clean sound but no overdrive at all - I bought a Little Muff to help
- Carlsbro 60w 2x12 valve combo - remember very little other than given I didn't drive it was next to impossible to move about! Bought it of my now brother-in-law and sold on via a newspaper ad to some guy.
- Carlsbro Cobra 60w - now we're talking. Small portable, I could carry it on the bus! Bought from Unisound. Had a reasonable overdrive and "Suzz" sound. Used for a long time. part exed in when I got...
- Carlsbro Rebel 60w 1x12 - the upgrade really. Sounded not bad for a solid state amp really. Never gigged it much as I didn't whilst I owned it. Bought from Unisound sold to a second hand shop in Gillingham when I needed some cash.
- Period without amp - I used a boss rack driver thing for a number of years when not gigging.
- Line 6 pod - ideal for home use and recording and I then used it live for some time with a Peavey 80w PA.
- Hughes and Kettner Dual 6l6 2x12. Great amp I do love the sound, Fender cleans and Marshall drive. Bought from Mid Air Music for about £700. Only issue is that it is bloody big to cart about. I have thought of going for a Tubemeister 36w but frankly the clean tone on the Dual keeps me stuck to it currently.