Starting this week, we've kicked Premier Collector up a notch. You'll learn a bit more about the collectors through a series of questions we'll be asking, including stories from gigs and personal tone philosophy. Of course, if you have your own gear and stories you'd like to share, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Without further ado, introducing Roger Jackson and his collection, in his own words:
Roger Jackson, aka “The Phantom Man”
Various, currently doing consulting work for several local luthiers
’66 Fender Stratocaster
(tie) Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul
any Fender with vacuum tubes
GHS Regular Boomers
From L to R: '62 Gibson Les Paul SG (Historic Shop re-issue), Fender MIM '50 Classic Stratocaster re-issue, '59 Gibson Les Paul flame-top (Historic Shop re-issue), 2001 Fender American Standard Telecaster, 1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard (my "touring guitar").
From L to R: Custom-built '63 hardtail Strat, Custom-built '65 hardtail Strat, CIJ '65 Strat re-issue (modded), MIM Classic '50s re-issue Strat (modded), Custom-built Jeff Beck Strat clone.
"After years of dissatisfaction with off-the-rack Stratocasters I
decided to assemble my own, using parts combinations not generally seen
with regular Fender production guitars. Some pieces came from Mexico
while others hail from Japan. Stage situations dictated a change to
noiseless pickups, thus all are equipped with either DiMarzio Virtual
Vintage or Fender SCNs with S-1 switching. The trem-equipped guitars
all feature steel blocks for maximum sustain and tuning stability while
the hardware is of the vintage-style variety. Ash bodies with the
traditional S/S/S routing were selected for their sonic properties,
mated to vintage-spec necks. I liken the Fender Strat to the ’69 Chevy
Camaro – easy to build, easy to hot-rod, and a joy to drive."
Custom-modded Fender Deluxe Reverb re-issue: hot-rodded chassis, larger
blonde/wheatstraw furniture, 15-inch JBL D-130F speaker. Custom
cabinetry by John Hinsdale, aka "The Cab Guy." I call this amp my