The Guitars I’ll Keep

Carvin Bolt Kit, Fernandes Revolver Pro, Ibanez Gio GRG121SV, JB Player Sledgehammer, Hamer Stellar 1

l to r, back to front: Carvin Bolt Kit, Fernandes Revolver Pro, Ibanez Gio GRG121SV, JB Player Sledgehammer, Hamer Stellar 1

The Carvin has great sound, a unique look, and plays very well.  It is wonderful for rock, and good for blues or jazz.  The Fernandes Revolver Pro has the Sustainer system, which allows lots of cool feedback sustain effects with the tremolo system, and has a good vintage sound to go with 24 frets; excellent for rock and metal.  The Ibanez Gio has kind of a thin/weak sound, but its neck is slippery, fluid, smooth, and fast, which means I can play faster on this guitar than any other in my collection; someday I’ll upgrade the pickups; currently, however, the middle selector position results in a good blues sound. The Sledgehammer has awesome pickups that are skewed towards the bass, which makes it wonderful for blues, jazz, and even 70s “vintage” songs and/or songs.  And the Hamer is both beautiful (the picture probably doesn’t do the Quilted Oak Cherry Burst paint job justice) and versatile: with 24 frets, carved top, and hot pickups, it does a great Paul Reed Smith imitation and is probably the most fun to play of all my guitars (though the Carvin comes close).

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