1986 Kramer Baretta. After losing my first good guitar to thieves, I spent the insurance money and the rest of my life savings on this beauty brand new! EVH was promoting these at the time as “simply the best guitar money can buy” off the shelf. My main axe for 26 years, I’m inclined to agree. No muss, no fuss, perfectly intonated and always in tune!
1986 Kramer Pacer Deluxe. When I bought my Baretta I was torn between it and the Pacer, essentially the same body and neck but the first of the real “super strats”. Was fortunate to find this one a few years ago, which plays exactly like the Baretta but with more tonal options. Had 4 Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers (hot and cool rails) in it, but I put it back to stock last year.
Live I run a custom built head inspired by a classic wood panelled station wagon (“woody”) to hold my rack gear, which consists of a Carvin Quad-X (a great 4 channel tube preamp), a Rane SM26 Line mixer, and a Marshall 8008 Valvestate power amp.
This runs into a set of 4 single 12 inch speaker cabinets using 2 vintage early 60’s Jensens and 2 80’s Eminence that all came from old Fender cabs.
I add effects and midi control for channel switching with a Boss Gt-8 floorboard. All in all it’s a very solid sounding rig live with all the flexibility I need in terms of sound ranges.
At home I have a 1979 Roland JC-120 for when I’m not recording direct and just want to make a bit of noise.
For home recording hardware, I run through Behringer V-Amp Pro and Bass V-Amp Pro rack gear into Rane SM26 line mixers and a MOTU 2408 mk2, into a PC, and record with Cubase (currently running version 5).
Keyboard tracks I input via my old Korg M1 in midi, quantize to make up for my imperfect keyboarding, and then convert to audio back though the M1 hardware or a variety of VST softsynths.
Drums are either input using the M1 or an Alesis Control Pad, or using VST drum synths.
I also have one of my guitars set up with a Roland GK2 midi pickup for use with a GR-20 guitar synth.