Epiphone double-neck 6/12 string.
My first guitar - given the thing's narrow neck, double string courses, and general, er, quirkiness, I could probably have picked a better instrument to start off with. Never mind, this sound is one of the classic rock music tones, and nothing else can do it, really. Also, when you do get used to it, it's actually a joy to play. You can hear it all over our music, starting with "The Grand Tour", from "Orbis Tertius"
Rickenbacker 350 "Suzanna Hoffs" signature model
I bought this when I actually had some spare money, heh. It was very expensive. One of the most elegant looking guitars I've ever seen. Slightly tricky to play, with its narrow neck, and it's a long necker as well, which has caused some intonation problems in the past (trans: the neck warped because of temperature variances in the place where it's stored). It probably could have gone to a better home than this one, to be honest. Note the scratchplate, broken when a speaker cabinet fell on top of it (!) Not a happy day, that one. The best thing about this one is its clear, transparent tone, which fits in with anything, without overpowering it. Ms Hoffs picked the right pickups, set-up etc, I think, apart from the long neck.
Shergold "Modulator" bass w/ "Super Booster" module.
My old heap of a bass. It's had some rough times, dating back to my days with Random Felch, but it's still going strong. Unusual deep, rounded, "plummy" tone. All of the electric bass parts on "The Little Apocrypha" were played on this.
Unbranded 6-string acoustic.
I had a deposit down on an item at a music shop, and the shop went bust. I took this, rather than lose the money. It was a nice enough guitar, I guess, but not really "me" in some way. Long since sold on.
Shaftesbury ricky 330-12 copy
I'm not really sure why I actually bought this. It was kind of…interesting, I suppose. – someone had added a piezo pickup under the bridge, which actually worked quite well. Out on very permament loan at the time of writing. There's a little bit of it on "Cydonia".
Yamaha acoustic/electric thing
I kept seeing these in music shops, and I though they looked nice. One turned up second-hand, so I bought it, of course! Les Paul shape, hollow body w/"f" hole, tobacco sunburst, one magnetic pickup, one piezo pickup, I forget the model number. It was nice, and very easy to play, but we never got a tone we liked out of it. Nevertheless, there's a little bit of it on the middle bit of "In Nos Aetas Ultima Venit". Sold on a couple of years ago.
DeArmond Jetstar Special
A super-cheapie. I bought some item or other – a Proteus 2000 module, I think, from Sound Control, and at the time they had a red and a black one in for, believe it or not, 75 pounds each! I tried them both, and the black one played quite nicely. It's the budget model, and I figured it would make a good base for some custom farting about – lipstick tube pickups etc. I sold it to finance the double neck.
Apart from the obvious – row of Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters at giveaway prices, from before they were worth anything, and that sort of thing
Antoria Les Paul-shaped thing
Blond/natural wood finish, very heavy, ludicrous amount of abalone inlay, roll on the top of the headstock – this was an absolutely beautiful instrument! It was 150 quid, and because I hadn't heard of the brand, I wasn't sure if it was actually any good or not. I was going to get Mark to try it out, but someone bought it before I got the chance. We next saw it in another guitar shop, with 3 x the price on the ticket. Mark tried it out, and it was very nice! The frets were a bit worn, but not quite excessively so. Damn, I should have just bought the thing, I've never seen one since, never found any pictures online etc etc.
Fenix tele-ish guitar
Natural wood, with blue (!) inlays. Really nice looking. I watched the sticker price drop and drop, figuring I'd buy it when it reached 150 quid. I think someone snapped it up at 165! Oh well.
The Daisy Rock and the Kawai have pretty much killed any interest in new 6-string guitars for now, so nice are they. I'd like a Kawai KS12XL, the one up from the KS11XL. If I saw one cheap enough, a DeArmond standard JetStar in Black would be tempting. In the out-of-reach pricewise range – I've fancied a Rickenbacker 381-12 since I read an interview with the guitarist from the High, in which he sung the thing's praises. I'm not really a Beatles worshipper, but I've always fancied a Hofner Violin Bass. A local music shop has had a yellow Daisy Bass in for about a year…hmmm….
Pedals are the best fun, very few of the pedals I've bought have been a waste of money. Use 'em on anything – guitar, bass, drum machine, organ, synth, string machine.
TC Mk12 B/K phaser
The best phaser pedal I've tried. Until I built the Oakley "Equinoxe" modular synth phaser, it was the best phaser I'd tried, period. This is the bass & keyboard version (hence "B/K") with the filters shifted down 1 octave. As well as the usual speed and depth controls, it features positive or negative feedback, and a switch to select 4, 8 or 12 stages. There's also a jack socket on the back of the thing, where you can insert one of the two "program" jacks provided – one shifts the filters up one octave, the other shifts them down. The sound of the phasing is really rich and deep. It's just totally inspiring, basically.
Vestax Phaser "Vital Spark".
I saw this in an advert in the local free ads paper, and thinking it was part of this excellent, but almost unknown range of pedals they'd made in the 1990's, went to take a look at it. It was actually part of an earlier Vestax range, but seeing as it was only 20 quid, I bought it anyway. Speed/depth/resonance. Mono in, mono or stereo outs. Not a bad buy, it sounds thin, but not harsh, which is exactly what you want sometimes. It's really good on clean electric guitar and on electric piano.
Boss Phaser PH2
The one w/switchable stages. It's out on loan at the moment, so more about it at some point in the future
Roland AP-2 phaser
I bought this from a VEMIA auction a few years ago (I got the digital dimension at the same time, plus, VEMIA is great). To be honest, it's a bit underwhelming. It looks really cool in its military-green box, but the sound, well, it's kind of lame, really. I believe there's a larger contemporary Roland phaser pedal that's a lot better. Mono in/mono out. Speed/depth.
Boss "Dimension C"
Four-preset multi-chorus pedal. Mono in/Stereo out. Four selector buttons. Supposedly, it's a miniature version of the famous "Dimension D" rack unit. DEVASTATINGLY effective on clean guitar, and especially on clean electric 12-string. Play the right chords on yr guitar through this with loads of reverb, and YOU = ROBIN GUTHRIE! This is undoubtedly one of the best pedals I own.
Boss "Digital Dimension"
Digital multi-chorus pedal. It's out on loan at the moment, so details at some point in the future.
Classic analogue chorus – mono in/mono out, speed/depth. Out on loan at the moment.
G.S.Wyllie "Rising Sun"
ProCo "Turbo Rat"
This is the king of all distortion boxen, I think. It makes a really heavy, rich, deep and chunky sound out of whatever you put into it. Run your drum machine into it, and the results = depth charge bass drum, and your snare becomes Sauron's anvil!
MXR "Wylde Distortion"
Crowther Audio "Prunes & Custard" (!)
Electro-Harmonix "Electric Mistress Deluxe"
Electro Harmonix "Electric Mistress"
Extreme flanging effects. Out on loan, so more details at some point in the future.
Dod "Vibro-thang" and Dod "Milk Box"
What do I fancy, effects-wise?
Red Witch "Moon Phaser Deluxe"
Frostwave "Funk-a-Duck" envelope filter
Crowther Audio "Hot Cakes"
FoxRox "TZF" flanger
Analog Man "Bi-CompROSSor"
Last Gasp Arts Lab "Rattle Crow"