I was very please today to find in my mailbox a complementary calendar from Martin that they sent to Martin Owners Club members. Thank you guys, your guitars are awesome! I can’t stay more than one day without playing my 00-18. 😉
I like the Lace Alumitone tone since I installed one on my Gibson Les Paul CM and I wanted more possibilities for my SG. So, I went ahead and tried something. My SG had Classic ’57 PAF and I don’t like them so much on this guitar. They are were perfect on my ES-339 but I wanted something different on the SG.
I needed an electroacoustic guitar to improve the covers recordings I am currently into. I was first aiming at a Gibson J-200 or maybe a Songwriter but I was so in love with the sound of my Sigma GCS-1 that (just before the Coronavirus crisis started) I finally pulled the trigger on the guitar I thought it was based on: the Martin 00-18.
This story started with my wish to use both my acoustic and electric guitars on my acoustic Marshall AS100D. The pedalboard setup started with the MESA/Boogie V-Twin that would give me the crunch for the E-guitars but it soon began to appear more complicated when I thought about using my Line 6 PODxt Live in the FX loop and ended up replacing it with the Line 6 HX Stomp.
Let’s summarize: 1 amp with 2 guitar channels: Channel #1 for the Line 6 Acoustic Variax + Channel #2 for my electrics (and my Martin electro acoustic to come).
My goal was to set and “build” a pedalboard that would be as efficient and compact as possible.
OK, I’ve got nice guitars and precious ones, precious to me at least because I am no Rockefeller. And because I am not Rockefeller, I wanted to have a guitar I could carry without much anxiety of breaking something.
Apart from these considerations, I am a big fan of Les Pauls (if you still wondered) but also an esthete and a man full of contradictions.
Having all these parameters in hand, I headed to a Gibson Les Paul Standard T with its QuickConnect PCB (printed circuit board) offering the versatility of coil taping, pure bypass and phase reversal. As for the color, I chose something I didn’t have yet but stil in a “classical style” (pink is not for me): the Bourbon burst.
If you ever had a brand new Gibson USA guitar in hands, your nose must have been saturated by this famous vanilla smell. It was the case for me and I immediately associated this guitar to a piece of caramel that I would savor next to a warm fireplace while it’s cold and rainy outside. From this image came the name of this guitar: ‘Autumn Treat’. Furthermore, I like to customize my stuff, that’s why I added some white sugar crystals with a mother of pearl switch tip and mother of pearl tuner buttons.