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Ian's guitar and bass collection

Aria ZZB deluxe bass

Ian Edmundson

At one time, I wanted to be John Entwistle. How would you ever have guessed?
I got this around 1981 and still use it today. I should take it out more.
I'd still like to be able to play like John Entwistle, by the way.

Artisan acoustic bass

Ian Edmundson. Getting in touch with hos feminine side

I know very little about this one. It was pointed out to me as 'a possible' just before we had a theatre date supporting The Quireboys
in 2010 and we were obliged to do it as an acoustic show. As it turned out, I didn't have the time to go check it out. So I just used
a normal Rickenbacker electric bass. Later on, I went and had a look anyway. I got it 'for a song' (a bargain, considering how I sing!!)
and it sounds very good. Thank you, John.

Avon EB-0 bass

Avon EB0 bass

My very first bass guitar, bought in 1976 or thereabouts. A basic entry-level copy of a Gibson EB-0. I wanted to play something
a bit more like Jim Lea of Slade in 1975. A couple of minor upgrades were made to it along to make it more playable. Someone
stuck a Gibson logo on this bass - the main reason I don't take it out nowadays. I learned to play bass on this instrument and
so did my daughter, 25 or so years later.

Burns Bison (reissue) bass

I bought this one from a shop in Blackpool while doing a weekend there with an old band. I walked past the shop and it was there in a dark corner with lights on it. Oh God, it just looked gorgeous. This very retro bass looked just the part for the 60's vibe of the group and so I called in, as soon as I got a chance, to try it out. I wasn't disappointed at all with what I heard. It has just about every variety of tone built in that anyone could need. This bass is great for the studio. It is featured particularly nicely on 'I don't wanna talk about it' which is one of the slower, more atmospheric songs on the first Kerbcrawlers CD.

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It's great for live use, too and the only thing that could be considred a 'drawback' is the emormous body size. It weighs a ton!!
The neck reach is the longest that I've ever had to use. You want neck dive? You got it. Only an idiot can't control (or complains
about) neck dive, though. It sounds more like a Rickenbacker should at times than any of my 4 Ric 4003's!

Chord acoustic guitar

This one was bought in late November 2012 from a guitar shop in Ripley, Surrey, not far from a certain Mr Clapton's house.

I - honestly - only went in there for a nosey at where he would probably get some of his gear from and to buy some strings.

But the action is perfect, so you can barre your chords all the way up the neck and the guitar just spoke to me...

Records beautifully when mic'd up.


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Cort Violin bass

I saw it standing there. A lovely present from my wife. My over-loud Beatles homages are that little bit more convincing, now.

I don't get on with Hofner violin basses for two main reasons:

Just because Paul McCartney used one in The Beatles doesn't make it worth what they started charging for them.

The build quality of the Hofner violin bass is said to be generally crap. They are fragile, sound 'boxy' and go out of tune if you look at them.

This bass has none of these problems.

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Danelectro Longhorn (reissue):

Steve Priest from The Sweet had one of these and so I always fancied one when I first started off playing. After all, I am a pure, undiluted product of early 1970's Top Of The Pops.

The company stopped instrument production for many years, making them quite hard to find and then did a brief spell of production again. This has to have the most primitive bass bridge in the bass world, using a piece of cork! .... and it also has quite cheap looking tuners. Despite these indisputable low budget production values, this bass has a great, solid, growling sound. Its short scale makes it very easy to play. The action is nice and low without having to fiddle with it. It also weighs nothing at all!

The Three

Dean stage acoustic guitar

Dean stage acoustic

The 'zingiest' recording sound imaginable, thanks to the piezo pickup. Quite a difficult model to find, too.

Eastwood Classic 4 bass

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I tracked down this marvelous double cutaway Eastwood Classic 4 bass with an original black-fronted headstock and bought it in a
private sale from a chap in in Derbyshire. It's a lovely match for my white Gretsch White Falcon guitar.


Epiphone Firebird guitar:

I went out looking for a Flying V and came across this. The action was a bit high when I got it, so I did a quick set-up at home and found the frets buzzed everywhere when the strings were set at a playable height. So... I marched back into the shop that I bought it from and they said they'd get their luthier to go over it.

A week later, I got the call to come over and collect it. The luthier told me that he had "imposed his will on it" and that what was a piece of sh*t was now a totally excellent guitar. He loftily said the shop that sold it to me as it was should be quite ashamed of themselves and handed me his bill for the work. I promptly handed it to the baffled store manager who was just passing (as the guitar was brand new and obviously inside its warranty period) and waltzed off home delighted.

The action is now to die for and it sounds superb.



Epiphone '1958' Flying V bass

I bought this because I either watched too many Marc Bolan videos one day, or possibly because I have a rather stupid and almost-sexual attraction towards pointy guitars. Perhaps both.

The very best thing about this bass is that it once literally gave a wuss of a guitarist that I was playing in a cabaret band with a migraine, as the look of it didn't fit in with the 60's look of the band, according to him. It's based on a 1958 Gibson Flying V, which dates it from around the earliest period of that old group's music. The arrival of the V bass heralded and definitely speeded up the end of my playing career with the be-suited merchants of 60's cheese, so I now have even more of an extra-special fondness for it. They also objected to a 5-string Fender Jazz Bass... because it had 5 extra notes on it. Dullards.

When liberated from silent serfdom and abject misery with the 60's band, I bought as many basses that I considered that they would have found repellent as I could find! All part of my slow rehabilitation to the real world and real music.

Cheaper than therapy. And pointier, too.

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Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV bass guitar

Ian edmundson Epiphone Thunderbird

I blame Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and also John Entwistle from The Who for my desire to own one of these basses.

Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV bass guitar

Ian Edmundson Epiphone Thunderbird

Along with the sunburst T-bird above, I treated myself to this lovely bass as a reward for going through with my cancer operation.

ESP Edwards Cloud replica guitar.


Fender '08 USA Jazz Bass in Candy Cola Red:

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Bought in Boston, USA and thoughtfully 'lost' by those 'great' and (in)famous baggage handlers at British Airways in transit
between London Heathrow's Terminal 5 and Manchester on the way home. Fortunately, it turned up.... or I would have killed

Affectionately nicknamed 'AJ', after our lovely relative Audrey in Boston, who helped us to get hold of this bass.
A black scratchplate replaced the original stock white one, before I moved on to putting a mirror scratchplate on it.
It really looks The Business now.


Fender '60th Anniversary' Precision bass:

Ian Edmundson

Originally, I waltzed into the shop looking for the cheaper Mexican version of the 60th Anniversary P bass in a lovely blizzard pearl
finish, but they very cunningly flew this gorgeous (and stunningly more expensive) USA sunburst model in from elsewhere in the
country the very same day and fed me lots of very strange drugs that made me buy it. Thank you, Sound Control. It's had its white
scratch plate replaced with a nicer tortoiseshell and I think that makes it look even more attractive.

Fender Precision Lyte Bass (Toffeeburst):

Ian Edmundson

I bought this bass from the now-gone Doctor Rock in Bury, for an excellent price in 1995. It was my main bass for a long
time since then, although a couple of other basses have overtaken it (use-wise) more recently. Anyone who I have handed
it to has been impressed with it, even though it's not the most obviously eye-catching bass I own. If a musical instrument
can be said to be anybody's 'soulmate' then this one is quite possibly mine.

Fender Precision Deluxe Bass:

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I bought this brand new in September 2017. A bit of a techno set of switches for sound. Lovely chunky bridge and noiseless pickups.
Interesting. Has become a go-to bass, as the sound is so rich and consistent.

Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass

Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass

2018 Fender Precision Bass
Buttercream finish. Pearloid scratchplate added.

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2018 Fender Player Series Jazz Bass.
Buttercream finish. Pearloid scratchplate added.

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2017 Fender HSS Stratocaster in Arctic White

I bought this Fender on 9th Feb 2017. I have always wanted one, but - seeing as I am primarily a bassist - I have just never bought one. The nearest I ever got was the Tokai, which I got as a clever trade in the late 80's - which I assure you is very very CLOSE to the real thing.

When I first started off playing, my dream guitar was on display in my local guitar shop. A white Fender Strat with a maple neck and a trem arm. Each of those features, including the white colour, was a custom option at that point and was 10% extra above the usual cost of the guitar, pushing it up to an astronomical £424 in 1975. WAY beyond what I could afford, or deserved - according to the level of my ability at that point.

42 years later, I sprang for the HSS model with the Humbucker, which is ferocious. I tried it out in PMT in Manchester and paid £536.00 for it, plus my customary checker strap. Did I need it? No. But I was at the point where I should really stop buying guitars now and just decided I deserved it.



Fender HSS Stratocaster

Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster with S1 switching, in Arctic White :

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A huge variety of sounds available via 'complex' V6 switching (that you quickly get used to).

Fender FSR Oceanic Turquoise 2019 Player Series Bass:

Fender FSR Oceanic Turquoise 2019 Player Series Bass

Fender Squier 50's style Classic Vibe Precision Bass:

Squier CV 50's P bass

Cool as f***.  Fantastic for the money. It's just gorgeous.
A lovely eye-catching finish, marvelous smooth maple neck and a great sound.

Fender Squier Precision Special Bass:
The Bargain of the century?

Ian Edmundson

I got this rather lovely red-sunburst Squier P-special from a shop in Bury who obviously didn't know what it was worth.
Equipped with USA pickups, as it has the tiny 'Standard' logo on the headstock, it sounds great. Nice to play and
very striking looking. Squiers have a reputation of being 'cheap and cheerful'. I kid you not, the better Squiers can keep
up with USA Fenders.

Framus Nashville Deluxe bass

Framus Nashville deluxe Bass Guitar

I had been looking for one of these - to replace the dearly loved one I originally owned in the late 70's / early 80's - for some years.
I bought my original from a shop in Blackpool because Dave Hill from Slade used the guitar version. After a long time searching,
two turned up in rapid succession on EBay. This one dates from about 1974, like my first one. The deluxe model I've got now has
edge binding, whereas my original didn't.

Gibson SGII guitar (1972)

My first decent guitar, bought brand new in 1975.

GibsonIan Edmundson Gibson SGII refinished by Jack's Instrument Services, Manchester UK

LEFT: As she was originally (except for replacement machine heads) and RIGHT: again in 2016.

It's just been refinished at Jack's Instrument Services, Manchester. I couldn't be happier with how she has turned out.
All of the parts on the guitar have been kept as original, except for the new and improved re-wiring of the electrics and
also the new replacement brass nut that I specifically asked for.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar.

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New - made in 2012. A lovely worn brown mahogany finish. I'm very pleased with it. It has actually made me take my guitar
playing a lot more seriously after all these years.


Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar.


I bought this from one of my friends. A beautiful guitar, made in 2016, with a different feel to the guitar above.

Gibson SG Special

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A good friend of mine offered me first refusal on this mint condition guitar and we struck up a nice deal. A fatter neck than the
Les Paul and my other SG. It took a bit of getting used to, but it has a great sound.

Gibson SG standard 2010

Gibson SG 2010

Gibson SG Supreme Bass:
I lusted after a Gibson bass when I first started to play. 30+ years later, I got one.

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One of only 400 made in one particular month with this unique finish and it's simply gorgeous to play. More toppy than the normal
SG or EB-style bass, due to the maple top. Nice, nice, nice. All the deluxe Gibson features you'd want. The only Gibson bass
I've ever played and liked.

Gordy XR Custom fretless bass 

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I spotted this one-off bass at the now-closed A1 Music shop in Manchester and I couldn't resist it. It has the lowest string action
in all of the known Universe. Effortless to play. It's not used very often on stage, as the case is bigger than the group van (!) but I
took it into the studio for use on The Kerbcrawlers version of 'Need your love so bad' and it was just the right bass for the job. 

Gretsch White Falcon guitar:

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I decided at one point to round off my collection of 6 string guitars with the one I had always dreamed of - a single cutaway
Gretsch White Falcon - so I did. This has only seen a stage on a few rare occasions, when I have cheerfully let Ian Hutchings
and John Rushworth use it, but I do intend to take it out and use it more often. The Eastwood Classic 4 bass is styled after
the White Falcon bass and is a lovely match to it.
It is nice to see how the Gretsches have shot up in price since I bought one.

Gretsch G2622T

A lovely gift from a friend.

Hamer B12 12-string bass

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Pretty much my 'trademark' bass, though I don't use it at every show that I do. These basses have a sound that has to be heard
to be believed. More about them

Ibanez SR1305 5-string bass.

Ibanez 5 string

I was tipped off about this one, as I mentioned one of my goals for 2019 was to improve my 5-string bass playing.

Maddog Guitars Koa top Telecaster with humbucker. 

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Brand new in August 2016. I got their very last one of these. Again, Wilkinson pickups.


Mahalo Ukelele
A lovely present from my lovely daughter Rachel.


Peerless Standard Smoked Bass

Ian Edmundson

I'd been watching this one in a local shop for quite some time. They hadn't sold it at the original asking price and as time went by,
they reduced it a few times. I finally got it at an excellent price. The controls take a bit of getting used to (Blend / Vol / Tone), as
does the 10lb weight. Too tall for a normal guitar stand, too. Very distinctive looking.

Radiotone 335 style guitar

A bit of a dilemma... I have always thought of Dave Edmunds as my favourite guitarist. That's never really changed. How to get his style, if not his playing sound - yup, buy a 335! The trouble is that Gibson 335's with blonde bodies and dot necks were only made in 1958 or thereabouts. They cost more than some houses these days. Gibson attempted to solve that problem for me by reissuing that most desirable model, in a limited edition, at a mere £3500. I could afford one, but not really justify it.

I had seen a Radiotone 335 styled guitar with a caramel sunburst finish and was quite tempted by it, because it was so close to the actual Gibson build (the purists will totally disagree with me, of course), but the colour was a bit wrong for me, so my wallet was safe for the time being, but I kept wavering towards it.

On a trip out, one day, to that same guitar store, I spotted the blonde-bodied dot neck version of the Radiotone 335 and I was utterly hooked. Having sat down with the real Gibson 335 reissue guitar, all I can say is that this is close enough to be a REAL worry to Gibson. It has the same build, just about and you can get every sound that the Gibson offers. And it is just lovely to play. I bought a 335 case and of course it fit into it EXACTLY.

Radiotone 335 guitar

Radiotone 'Les Paul goldtop' type guitar:

Radiotone Les paul goldtop type guitar

Brand new, November 2017. Just as the Radiotone 335 seduced me, this guitar fulfilled my long-standing craving for a Les Paul
Goldtop, though there is a sparkle to this finish that can be seen close-up, rather than a plain gold top. As for the build quality
and sound, it is eerily close to a Gibson Les Paul. It FEELS just like a Gibson Les Paul. I had to swap out the volume and tone
control knobs and the pickup selector cap to make it totally accurate looking, but that was insignificant. I got it as a bargain at
a recent guitar show. I really wish I had also bought the Lemon Drop finish LP by the same maker that was on sale at the same
trader's stall. Regrets...

Retrovibe  Renegade 'Rickenbastard'


How could I pass up a shot at this one-off bass? It originally arrived with a plain black scratchplate and the black Renegade truss
rod cover, so I had new ones made to replace those. I opted for a mirror scratchplate and the new TRC as below, as well as genuine
replacement Ric volume and tone controls.

I have no intention at all of passing it off as an actual Rickenbacker.
Rickenbacker - to my knowledge, anyway - never made a bass like this!

Revelation purple Jazzmaster type guitar.


One of only 20 of this model made in this striking colour. The P90's give a lovely sound, but the coil tap switch gives a
dazzling array of sounds, whichever way you use the pickup selector. A brilliant studio instrument.


Rickenbacker 4003 in Fireglo finish:

I bought this one when I was playing with a club / cabaret band doing 60's music, to try show a bit willing and to try to fit in with the lead guitarist, who had a similar looking Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. The 60's cabaret band turned out to not work out for me for various reasons, but the bass certainly did, so that's alright.

They are great to play and gives a quite good variety of sounds. If the 4000 series basses were good enough for Paul McCartney and for The Jam's Bruce Foxton - two of the best bassists ever to pick up an instrument - they're certainly good enough for me!


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Rickenbacker 4003 in Blue Boy finish.

The 'Blue Boy' colour option at the time was a very limited edition run (although Rickenbacker later did release a number in it
as a 'colour of the year' edition). This one is a lot more rocky sounding than the fireglo. It has a lot more mid tone to it, though
I have no idea why, as I have set them both up pretty similarly. The neck feels a bit thicker than my first one, which may have
something to do with it. The Blue Boy colour is known to eventually go a bit green after prolonged exposure to lights, etc.
Mine hasn't done that yet, some years on. Touch wood......

There's a good story about this one. It was a Christmas present. I had been burbling on that I quite fancied a Blue Boy bass thinking that it was going to be Navy Blue. I saw a bad photo of one on the net and it looked awful - almost green (they do go a bit green if you are unlucky). Lynda and I were looking at a (Sonic blue) Fender Strat in Salford that was the colour of the 'awful' one on the net, so I said I had gone right off the idea of one.

Lynda went quiet. We came home and Lynda went straight back out and when she returned, she put the bass case on the sofa and said "If it's wrong you can change it". I looked at the case and thought what is she on about, thinking it was my red one. I opened the case and immediately fell in love with it. It was not the crappy colour I had seen. It is sky blue and really hard to photograph. Lynda still probably doesn't believe that I like it. It was a total shock to me.

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The bass was a limited edition and became a 'Colour of the year' finish another year, so was pretty hard to get hold of them.

Rickenbacker 4003 in Midnight Blue finish.

This is the one of the three plain finish Rics that I find that I go to the most. It just has that sound to it and it feels to me to be the most comfortable of the three to play... not that the others are hard to play at all!

The bass colour looks different under different lights and this spectacular result is a result of a special combination varnish. A number of the Midnight Blue guitars and basses that Rickenbacker released have been subject to an unfortunate 'bleeding' problem, where the blue paint goes into the white binding. Mine too. Unfortunately, my warranty didn't cover this as my bass was apparently 'grey-imported' into the UK. It was for a long time my 'favourite' player of the first three.


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Rickenbacker 4003 in Walnut finish.
The fourth 4003 turned out to be the most playable Rickenbacker I have ever touched. Lovely fast maple neck and fretboard.

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Tokai Breezy Sound guitar:

I don't really begin to consider swapping guitars now, but at one point, just once, I did - and this was what I got in exchange for a very early Squier Precision bass: One of the best 6 strings I've ever played.

Used by Noddy Holder of Slade at Walsall in 1991 when SLADE played their impromptu last ever live UK stage appearance at a Fan Club function for their 25th anniversary in 1991. The group all offered to sign it afterwards, but it's a working guitar - not just something to hang on a wall, or keep in a frame all sad and unused, so I politely declined their very kind offer.


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Vintage V100MU Midge Ure Signature goldtop guitar

This is a convincingly weighty guitar, compared to the standard Vintage LP-type goldtop model, which I also tried at the store (and which Midge Ure also used on the 2012 tour). It is fitted with P90 pickups and a Vibrola arm.

The story behind me going miles and miles for this particular guitar? I went to see Ultravox on their reunion tours in 2010 and 2012 and Midge Ure used two Vintage Les Paul type guitars on the latter tour.  He is an absolutely impressive guitarist and as a result of the second show, I convinced myself I needed a Vintage Les Paul type guitar. I went to Reidys music shop in Blackburn, where they have little or no idea about guitar setups or care and was put off Vintage guitars - seemingly for life. I was so put off Vintage guitars by their stock that I went to PMT in Salford and spent comparatively silly money on my genuine Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar. It turned out to be a fantastic investment and it made me take my guitar playing a lot more seriously. More recently I bought a Radiotone LP goldtop replica guitar at a guitar show and I thought I was 'there' as far as Les Paul guitars went.

Ian, the guitarist in my band, The Three, turned up with a standard Vintage LP goldtop and handed it to me to try out. It felt wonderful and I started to get the bee in my bonnet again (especially as I had walked past the signature model at the recent guitar show, which made me do a double-take. However, I had already put my cash down on the Radiotone LP and that was that for that day). This guitar plays wonderfully. The pickups sound great. It looks The Business and has a great sound.

Ian Edmundson Vintage Midge Ure signature Les Paul guitar

Vintage VS6MRMA ICON Mick Abrahams signature SG guitar

Vintage Mick Abrahams SG guitar

More info about the VS6MRMA here

Vintage VS6 SG Junior

Vintage SG Junior


Vintage V130 double-cutaway in Vintage White

Vintage Les Paul Junior DC

Warwick Streamer 'Chrome Tone'

This bass hung unloved and unwanted on the wall in a Manchester shop for a fair old time. After seeing it there several times, I thought I'd ask to have a go on it. If it had been a regular wooden style Warwick Streamer, nice as they are, it wouldn't have got a second look from me. It's a very 'glam rock' type bass and that was what made me look at it.

All the Warwicks I'd ever picked up had thick necks like tree trunks and this one initially seemed to be no exception. Because of the rest of the attractions of this bass, I was prepared to give it a serious try and see if I could make myself love it. Fortunately, the neck width was not such an insurmountable issue and it's nice to play and sounds absolutely solid. It's got a lovely tone.

The band I am with plays as a three piece and this was for a long time very often my main stage bass. It's very punchy and precise and every note rings out loud and clear. No 'dead spots' anywhere on it. And the girls like it...

Warwick Streamer chrome Tone Bass

Warwick Custom Shop Thumb NT bass (gloss walnut)

Ian Edmundson

A one-off unique bass from the Warwick custom shop. It probably doesn't look like it, but this is the most valuable instrument I own.
The finish is a one-off gloss walnut. The bass has a 26 fret neck, though I have never used the full extent of the higher notes on the
neck, being a proper bassist. Slips into passive mode if you pull out the volume pot. Impressive active tone boost and cut.

A beautiful instrument - lovely to play. No dots on the front of the neck. You have to know what you're doing. The neck-through
construction is clearly visible from the rear. The woods used are gorgeous.

Westfield 'Precision bass' clone.

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I bought this as a bargain specifically for other people to use at the jam nights that I am involved in. However, it has turned out to
be an extremely pleasing bass to play, with a comfy, 70's style neck and lovely low action. A definite keeper and maybe far too
nice to take to the jam nights!!!

If any guitar or bass manufacturer would like to send me something good that I would like to use, I'd be quite pleased
to say lovely things in exchange for a freebie. Please note that I am not prepared to lie and say something is great if it
clearly isn't.

More gear photos here.