Guitars, Guitars, Guitars... yes I have an obsession...
I had an old post on the many guitars I've owned throughout the years and will not repost how many I've actually had (it's a little embarrassing actually). But the majority have been Jacksons, Ibanezs, ESPs, and a few Gibsons.
Best guitar I think I've ever had has to be my black Jackson RR1 USA. Quite honestly, it was the guitar I've always wanted. I've owned a few lower end models of Jacksons RRs including a RR24M and RR3 but the quality of the RR1 is far superior and truly amazing to play. I love it so much, I've ordered another one in white which should be arriving this winter. My newer black Kelly KE2 USA is pretty good too although it's a bit neck heavy. Sweet low action for shredding and is now my main practicing guitar. Honourable mentions are the old red 1991 Ibanez RG770 that I sold to Tym Morrison and a black 90s Ibanez RG570. Those old Japanese Ibanezs were superb!
Worst guitar is my 2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard. I've owned cheaper guitars and could be mentioned but for the money I paid, that Gibson was craptastic! I agree with the online statements of the quality of Gibsons going downhill for years. After owning it only a short while, the neck started warping to the point, the guitar could not stay in tune with the intonation unable to be corrected perfectly. I was so glad to be rid of it. The 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard was beautiful and better quality, but I cannot stand a guitar that will not stay in tune. Even trying to use the Big Ben's Nut Sauce, I was always pulling my hair out to get it to stay in tune. Could not bend notes on the G string on those bloody Les Pauls without going out of tune.
I much prefer using guitars with Floyd Rose Tremolos. In fact, other than my special, one-of-a-kind custom made V made by Brian Passmore, every guitar I own is Floyd Rose equipped. Even if I don't use the whammy bar much, I prefer the guitar staying in tune and quickly adjustable from the bridge. Just don't break a string.... but that's why I usually bring a back-up.
And the question of the Legators I played? Those wondering I did have an endorsement deal with the Canadian distributor "Anacan" to play those Legators. I overpayed for the guitars in comparison to other makes of the same quality for the media attention only to have them not hold up their end of the contract with any promotion of myself on their website or little media attention. I'm mostly referring to Legator guitars themselves as Anacan did do some media promo. (I pulled most of my demonstration videos off of Youtube awhile back). Shame though as they are well made Korean guitars but honestly, over-priced and the company is making some questionable moves in product changes. No offense to players that like the new headless or fanned frets trend, but I much prefer the traditional 25.5 scale with a sweet in-line 6 headstock. Trying to swim with big fish of Jackson, ESP and Ibanez, Legator will drown in my opinion. In all, I'd rather much play the Jacksons I had always dreamed of playing.
My current arsenal of guitars are:
1. Jackson USA RR1 Black - my new #1 named simply "Jack", kept in 1/2 step down tuning.
2. Jackson USA KE2 Black - Currently my main live axe for SYRYN and yes, Marty Friedman is an influence. Standard tuning.
3. Jackson Indonesian SL2Q Red - Currently my backup live axe for SYRYN.
4. Charvel Mexican So-Cal White - my axe named "El-Guapo" for when I feel like diggin' into the maple fretboard. Killer guitar for rock n blues that screams with Duncan Distortion pickups. I change the tuning on this guitar most and have been using lately for SYRYN rehearsals.
5. And coming this winter is my Jackson USA RR1 white - which will be named "Jill"... haha get it? "Jack & Jill".
Amps... well that's another blog...