|Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 52mm, f/13, 1/30sec, ISO 200|
My fantasy is the Gibson L-5 CES, but at $10,000, it's way out of my budget. I looked at more reasonably priced copies of the L-5, but I ended up deciding to get a Gibson ES-335 style guitar instead. I can get jazz tones, but also rock out as needed.
No need to go into too much detail about guitars on a photography blog, so I'll just say that I have been pleasantly blown away by the beauty, tone, and playability of this Michael Dolsey guitar. I fully expected to have to change out the pickups soon after purchase, that's happened several times over the years, but this guitar is spot-on what I wanted in tone, right out of the box.
If I had to be nit picky, I'd say that I would love for this guitar to have a fat neck instead of the very slim one that it actually has. But, having said that, this is the only guitar I have ever kept that had a skinny neck. For some strange reason that I cannot seem to put into words, this slim neck works well for me despite my much preferring fat necks on guitars. I'm not arguing with success, and the pickups have a great classic vintage Gibson PAF type tone that I love. I knew after playing it a while on the day it arrived that I would NOT be changing these pickups, ever. I haven't moved the action or pickup height or anything, the complete setup was perfect out of the box. Again, no reason to mess with success just because I like to tinker. The only change is cosmetic, I took off the pickguard. I don't like pickguards on archtop guitars like this and my Les Paul.
|Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/22, 1/30sec, ISO 200|