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"The acoustic "skeletal" one was just something I found on the internet. The sides come off, so I suppose it could be a good travel guitar. The orange-red burst guitar on the end is made by Hohner and it''s a really nice playing and sounding guitar. The bridge has a switch that locks the tremolo in place, which could be a handy feature if it fits your playing style. The quilted finish with the orange to red burst is gorgeous."

"The red guitar in the front is my Yamaha. This is one of my favorite and most played guitars, as well as being the one I''ve had the longest. I bought it in college in ''88. It''s quite versatile with H-S-S pickup configuration and a coil tap for the humbucker. The guitar plays like a dream and anytime I take it in to get a professional setup done I always get complimented. I recently met Lincoln Brewster at a worship seminar and he signed the guitar for me.

"The blue sparkle guitar behind it is by Switch-Wilkinson. It''s actually a hollow guitar for better sustain. It''s a unique and attractive guitar and also plays really well. Behind it is another blue guitar with an interesting contour. The sides are beveled out, and you can actually remove the body piece and still play it -- sort of like a Steinberger. It''s a wonderful and beautiful instrument made by RKS with a very innovative design. Then the green acoustic is my Ovation A/E. This is my favorite acoustic; it has really nice tone whether it''s plugged in or not and the neck action is almost like that of an electric guitar."

"Along the same wall as the previous picture, I have a couple of my Eddie Van Halen guitars. The blue one with gold stripes is one that I put together with guitar parts that I had on hand and painted myself. The pick guard is signed by Eddie. The 5150 striped guitar is another homemade, but it''s a little more authentic. It has the Kramer Baretta body and the neck was constructed with the "banana" shaped headstock. The body was painted by an artist I found online who specializes in painting Eddie guitars. The red on on the end is one of Eddie''s signature Peavey Wolfgang guitars that I ordered with the red flame-top finish. The white one in the middle somehow jumped into the picture with the Eddie guitars. It''s a Yamaha RGX A2. It''s very light and it''s actually not made of wood but some kind of composite material. It''s plays great and I enjoy just practicing around the house with it."

"This picture is my Strat corner. The one to the left is a very unique guitar, and I''m not sure of its history. The serial number indicates that it''s a ''79 Strat. It has DiMarzio pickups with active electronics and a Kahler tremolo. The frets are fat and shaved a bit, and the neck action is so low a newborn could probably play it. The guitar is very heavy and I actually get a sore back after a couple hours with it. I''m not sure what the wood is.

"The next one is a 24 fret Stagemaster with Semour Duncans. This guitar is a real shred machine and the finish is just beautiful with the birdseye maple veneer. Next on the right is the Eric Clapton that I described before. Finally, because I''m Scott-Irish, is the Celtic Strat. Satin silver paint with black chrome hardware and a Celtic Knot at the 12th fret."

"Here are a few more of my electrics. In front is my Ibanez JPM 2000 -- The John Petrucci Model with the Picasso graphic. I thought these guitars were really cool, and when I finally found one it played so well. It''s another great shredding guitar. Behind it is another of my BC Rich Bich guitars. This one is custom-painted with a Coke theme by a local airbrush artist named Daneen, who also painted my Mustang guitar and the Eric Clapton "Tuxedo" guitar. The silver sparkle guitar is an Orange County Chopper guitar by OLP. The red and black swirl guitar that is partially hidden is an Ibanez RG series guitar. You can''t see it in this picture but it has the handle cut-out like the JEM guitar."