- I finally added a Fender Telecaster to my arsenal – a 1995 made-in-Mexico Telecaster Special, which has a humbucking pickup in the neck position instead of the standard single coil, and a five-position pickup switch that allows you to split the humbucker's coil and use it as a single coil pickup. Very versatile and a great-feeling, great-playing instrument. I love the way it looks too (see right).
- I also bought a very nice effects toolbox called the M13 Stompbox Modeler from Line 6, makers of the famous POD guitar amp modelers. A fantastic a versatile unit, built like a tank, and full of terrific sounds. It should come in handy in SNUG.
- Finally, I bought this amazing tiny amplifier called the Lunchbox, from ZT Amplifiers in Walnut Creek. There have been tiny amps before, some of which sound terrific, but none of which are usable in a live performance situation unless put through the PA system. But the Lunchbox actually is damn loud and cuts through a band just fine. It really is incredible.
Happy holidays to everyone, and may 2010 be a wonderful year for us all...