This story began in 2005 when I bought this on eBay:
The seller claimed it was a 1956 Les Paul Junior that once looked like this:
Unfortunately, he was never able to tell me the serial number (that’s my big regret about the transaction, but the prize was fair enough as the guitar was a real wreck). Did you notice how deep torture this guitar went into? The seller and/or the previous owner(s) added a second pickup and drew holes almost everywhere…
What should I do with this wrecked LP body?
I had two options: 1- Make it look like a ’50s Junior again 2- Change it to some guitar I’d like to own and play with
25 years ago or so, I wasn’t surfing on the Internet but received every month the ‘Guitar & Bass’ magazine and one day (1993), I saw this fabulous baby I felt in love with at the first sight: the MESA/Boogie V-Twin. Of course, I had no idea how it would sound like at the time, but hey, do love need any reason?
These days, I am mostly playing acoustic on my Marshall AS100D and the reason I bought the V-Twin is I wanted to try my LPs and ES-339 with crunchy sound on that amp.
The V-Twin version 1 I received was not in a great shape but, hey, this thing is 27 year old!
How about the sound? Well, not that bad with the original 12AX7-As! A bit noisy (very noisy on the solo mode), but the warmth I was expecting is there on the clean and blues modes.