Stringkillerís Guitar Gallery


I was 12 years old when I saw my first Fender Stratocaster (Lake Placid Blue Rosewood neck) early sixties model at the Dunford house in Muthaiga. That combined with hearing all those old Chigago blues was the beginning of a road of wonder that never ends...



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Gibson Dove
Gibson Dove
& Hummingbird
Electro Acoustic
Sorry 'bout the pic
Taylor guitar
Ibanez 6 string
Electro Acoustic
Sorry 'bout the pic
Taylor guitar

Ibanez 12 String
Acoustic


Fender Strat 65
Fender SRV Stratocaster
Fender Strat 65
Fernandes Stratocaster ;-)
PRS Custom 24
PRS Custom 24
Fender Custom Shop Telecaster
Tom Anderson Hollow T
Sorry 'bout the pic!


Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
Parker Fly guitar
Parker Fly hardtail


Let's start with some acoustics.



So letís kick off with Acoustic guitars. I love playing acoustic as itís much more physical but in a subtle way. This is my main acoustic - a 68 Gibson Hummingbird (with an incredible amount of checking). I got it in 68 from an American serviceman who had bought it, taken it to Vietnam and never played a note on it. Itís been refretted 6 or 7 times and the only defect it has is the very narrow neck. This guitar sounds great on tape and in the studio. Live sheís a little quiet but still with that rich sound texture. I have just moved to DR Zebra Strings (12-52?) and they add about 50 % volume to this guitar. The tone is very very sweet. The Dove was on loan from my friend Momoc. The Fender Deluxe belongs to my friend Didier and sounds sweet.


Hereís a back shot of the two guitars.
Most Hummingbirds from the 70s on have split backs.


Here are a couple more shots of these two Gibsons



I love quality control. Everyone benefits. This is an area where certain US manufacturers still need to work on, the black Ibanez Prototype I got for half price. (The factory had forgotten to put the strap pin into the hole on the body.) This guitar has a great sound and is loud and great for Slide and Nashville tunings.

Click
here for a Summer 2000 update on the Black Ibanez - I'm in the process of experimenting with different strings!



The 12 String is an Ibanez which I bought in the 70s for 500 French Francs ($ 90) when we used to live in Compiegne (a good place to live if you have to work in Paris and Brussels).



Now we'll move on to some Electrics



The road from Muthaiga to Paris is a long one and like many professional guitarists I have had my share of Fender Stratocasters. I very rarely use them as my main axe with Dr Pickup but when Iím playing in Aventure or backing up a singer or for certain studio gigs I like to take along an SRV Stratocaster or a Clapton Stratocaster. Dinky, my wife gave me a SRV Strat for my Fortieth birthday and the other I got in Savannah, Georgia and have since sold. (What a way to pay for your kids college education!). Youíll see I have changed the pickguard on the one I kept.




Here are some newer shots (December 1999) of my 1992 Fender SRV Stratocaster.
SRV stands for Stevie Ray Vaughan, here's his signature on the headstock of the guitar.
This guitar has a much thicker neck than other Stratocasters
and I think one of the reasons why this guitar has such a good sound.
The Texas Special pickups also sound great.




She's nearly ten years old and her coloring is really coming along





Here's the body up close (the pickguard or scatchplate has been changed)
Notice how the vibrato unit is upside down, Stevie got this idea from Jimi Hendrix
who played these right handed guitars left handed so they were upside down.




Here's the back - I normally put all 5 springs in my Stratocasters but this one just feels better with the three.
Five seem to make it feel a little stiffer.
Most of my friends say this guitar is really hard to play I just find it to be a great tone machine.
I have the cover off as it is easier to change strings like this
Notice the poor workmanship in the drilling of the 6 holes for the vibrato cover which had to be done twice.




This is a great Stratocaster copy , the brandname is Fernandes but I believe the early ones were made by Fugi-Gakki who also made the first Fender Squiers. I used this as a testbed guitar with Robert Pionnier to check out all those Seymour Duncan type Stratocaster replacement pickups. As always I regret having parted with this axe but I know itís in good hands.


Here's a shot of my favorite guitar (though I like them all)
My 1990
Paul Reed Smith Standard
(and it is not even a ten top), the fretboard is starting to get a little worn



The picture comes from the The Alizť concert, January 1999.


And here you can hear it. It is a through a super amp - The Mesa Boogie Subway blues.
Some behind the nut crazyness through the Subway Boogie and a V twin pedal at the
Alize Restaurant on 15 January 1999.



To finish off for now here is a street shot of my PRS Standard which Dinky, my wife got for me in Tampa in 1989. This guitar can do everything Stringkiller can ask of it. Although I badmouthed PRS during my visit to the Paris Music show 1998 they know it is only to keep them keeping on with those very high standards.


This guitar is now in the PRS Forum Image gallery with a whole load of very stunning PRS guitars.
Click here to hear this PRS through the MK4 Boogie in the studio,
the solo comes from a song called 'Vivant'

Click here to hear this PRS through the MK4 Boogie in the studio,
the solo comes from a song called 'Oublier'

Click here to hear this PRS through the MK4 Boogie in the studio,
the solo comes from a song called 'Routine'

Here's the link if you want to hear the complete songs.
Thank you to the composer Luis Talon for permission to use his copyrighted songs.



Hereís another shot from a concert on the Charleston peniche (riverboat) in Paris for a private party on the 2 April 1998. Paul Reed Smith guitars lovely to play and the pickups just rip or purr. The locking tuning pegs, which need only a quarter of turn, are a godsend if you break a lot of strings like Stringkiller.



Hereís my number 2 guitar, a 1994 Tom Anderson hollow body Telecaster type job.
First it plays and intonates beautifully, the pickups are great and it weighs about 4 pounds.
This can really make a difference on a 5 to 6 hour gig in the week.
The above link is to my Telecaster shootout.


Fender 1991 Eric Clapton Stratocaster
This is a rather neat and versatile guitar.
I went through 32 to find this one as I don't like the V neck and this one is almost a D neck
If you look at the lower side of the neck you can see the peeling process has started.













Here's a close up of the neck.
The 'lace sensor' pickups are wonderful

Nocaster Relic
More
guitars


Gibson Les Paul Standard 1958
Dream guitars and amplifiers
Enjoy :-)

Gison Les Paul Standard guitar

New 1999 for Guitarists - don't forget your gig bag
100 watt Marshall guitar head
2000 Gig bag Update - no more guitar amplifiers
Taylor guitar
May 2002 Gig bags update - one acoustic and one electric bag



ktsocket

So all your friends tell you you've been playing too loud and it's only now you've heard about it?
Visit Valve house Paris to get the tone to the bone solution.



New Year Party backline with links, pictures and sounds



Fender Precision bass
Hey what about bass guitars?



Febuary 1999.
Dec 2001 reposted as the previous xoom went out of business.
Fender Nocaster Relic
Stringkiller has just finished a Telecaster shoot out.
Maybe your conclusions won't be the same as mine after checking out
and hearing these 5 Telecasters in action?
Enjoy.



Fender Bassman 59 RI
Guitar amplifiers



Mesa Boogie Mrk 4 Combo
Go to Guitar/Amplifier Dream rigs



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