In our inaugural Show Us Your Gear Gallery, we feature the go-to instruments of our readers.

"Brownie is one of my two custom-made guitars that cover all of my different needs as a musician. It's named Brownie because it was paid for with brownies baked by my wife. It was built and assembled by Nicolas Volpe in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999. The body is two-piece mahogany, shaped after a '65 Strat. The neck is a Warmoth solid rosewood compound radius bolt-on. It has an original Floyd Rose bridge and Sperzel locking tuners. The pickups are a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, Quarter Pound in the middle and Hot Rails in the neck; all are directly attached to the body for maximum resonance. The controls are Tone and Volume, along with three DPDT switches which put the humbuckers in parallel or series and the single-coil in or out of phase. The finish is Tung Oil and beeswax. This guitar was made to my specifications after many years of fighting gear that was ""cool"" but always had something I wish it didn't or was missing something. I also needed a tremolo guitar. It shreds if I want to and has sustain like crazy thanks to the wonderfully thick rosewood neck. It also has a very round, clean sound when I need it - Kaos Axiom"