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ESP Custom Shop Strat

Pearl White/maple neck/gold hardware.
This is my most recent ESP custom shop strat, it`s killer looking and sounds great. Pickups- Dimarzio YJM in the neck, DiMarzio HS-3 in the bridge and a DiMarzio virtual vintage solo in the middle position. Alder body, vintage trem, sperzel locking tuners. This was my main guitar for most of "Virtuostic Vendetta", it's got a great sounding and playing maple neck on it and a huge smashing strat tone. In addition to many solos I used this for the bulk of the heavy rhythm work on the record as well
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ESP Custom Shop Strat

I've had this guitar for quite awhile and it's one of my favorites, it's my number 3 live guitar and has seen time touring with my solo thing, the Reign of Terror and HolyHell. This was my other main guitar on the new record and it has a great darker sounding Blackmore-ish midrange. All the solos and single note work on "The Dance of Kashani", "Blackmore`s Boogie" and "Chasing The Dragon" and a few others were done on it. Pickups are - DiMarzio YJM in the neck, ESP fender vintage style in the middle and DiMarzio HS-3 in the bridge.

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ESP Custom Shop Strat

This is one of my main live guitars with my solo stuff, it's been everywhere with me. It's burned in, worn in , sounds and looks great. It's held up great considering all the abuse it's seen , anytime I'm playing live with my solo thing it's there with me. DiMarzio YJM in neck, ESP vintage in middle and DiMarzio HS-3 in the bridge. Vintage trem but it`s got an extra thick bar (ala Blackmore) as I snapped off the original one in the block

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ESP modified Vintage Plus model

I got this one from ESP last year sometime and I really love it for an off the rack guitar, my good buddy Dean Cascione did the neck scallop for me and the pickup configuration is YJM neck, Seymour Duncan Vintage style in middle, DiMarzio Fast Track 2 in brigde. Alder body as all my ESP`s and I love the Wilkinson Vintage replacement bridge, it stays in tune killer and retains all the tonal qualities of a vintage Fender -style trem.

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ESP Custom Shop Strat

This one along with the vintage cream/white maple neck pearl pickguard ESP strat is my main live guitar with my solo thing. It's got a thinner maple neck, almost a cross between a 70's strat and an old original Charvel . Alder body , Dimarzio YJM in the neck, ESP vintage in the middle, DiMarzio HS-3 in bridge. Again like the cream one it`s see lots of action and continues to hold up great. Almost all of "Speed Metal Messiah" was recorded with this guitar.

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ESP Custom Shop Strat

My main strat with HolyHell, I used this on all the solos on the HolyHell EP as well as the upcoming HolyHell debut record and it`s one of my main touring guitars with the band. Pickup configuration is the DiMarzio YJM in the neck, DiMarzio Virtual Vintage 54 in middle, and a DiMarzio HS-3 in bridge, this one's also got the Wilkinson vintage replacement bridge and it stays in tune great.

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DC Custom shop strat

This one was built to my specs by Dean Cascione of DC guitars, it`s got a reverse 68 style strat neck on it, a very deep scallop, Dunlop 6000 fret wire (as all my guitars) with a DiMarzio YJM in the neck and DiMarzio Virtual Vintage solo pickups in the middle and bridge.

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1979 Fender Stratocaster

I've had this guitar since the late 1990's and it`s one of my best sounding older Strats. It's got an ash body but not too heavy weight-wise. I used this on a bunch of "Virtuostic Vendetta", all the solos in "Strat Sorcery" and a bunch on "Old School Throwdown". I still play it all the time and years ago before I got all my custom shop ESP's it was one of my main live axes as well.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster

I have many Yngwie signature models, they're all great, very well made guitars and all very consistent. I've had this one since it came out back in the late 90's when they updated the model then, I still play it around the house all the time.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster

This is one of the first Yngwie models, I got this one the first year they came out around 1988. For years it was my main guitar (1989- 1994) I recorded my first 3 solo albums using it and used to use it live back in Trash Broadway and in my early solo period.

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Fender Stratocaster reverse 68 re-issue
 
I got this guitar like a year or 2 ago, had the neck scalloped and was going to switch out the pickups but the stock Fender one's in it sound killer for the Jimi thing (it`s got the reverse back pickup ala Jimi Voodoo strat). I used this on all the chordal stuff on "Strat Sorcery" on "Virtuostic Vendetta". A good friend of mine gave me a Hendrix backplate with a bad-ass image of Jimi on it which makes it that much cooler.


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ESP Custom Shop Strat

The second custom shop model I got from the good folks at ESP. This one's got a Floyd Rose tremolo, alder body, pearl white finish, YJM in the neck position and a Dimarzio Fast Track in the bridge. I used this one on a bunch of "Rapid Fire Rondo".

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ESP M1 Standard

I`ve had this guitar since the late 80's, I bought it long before my ESP endorsement. I`ve since scalloped the neck. It`s got sperzel locking tuners and a Dimarzio Air Norton pickup in the neck and a Dimarzio X2N in the bridge, a vicious metal machine!

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Fender Japan Ritchie Blackmore Sig Model

I picked this up a few years after I got my first Blackmore model, this one still has the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders in the neck and bridge with the dummy pickup in the middle. I put on a black pickguard to give it the Blackmore circa 1979-80 "Down to Earth" period look.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster

This one along with the red Malmsteen sig Strat I`ve had since the late 1980's. I used this on a bunch of "Supersonic Shred Machine" and the first 2 Reign of Terror records.

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Fender Stratocaster

The body of this guitar is from the Japanese strat I smashed up for the cover of "Night Of The Living Shred". The neck was destroyed but the body remained in tact so I threw another neck on it. Dimarzio HS-3`s in the neck and bridge and Fender pickup in the middle position

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Fender Stratocaster (hybrid)

Another strat I`ve had for over 20 years. This one's my first scalloped neck strat modeled after Blackmore`s main axe from Rainbow`s "Live on Stage" album. Its got a dummy pickup in the middle and DiMarzio HS-3`s in the neck and bridge. The neck is from a 1979 Strat and is killer, very thin with great tone whilst the body is from an old Fender Japan Strat.

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Fender Japan Ritchie Blackmore Sig Model

Fender only made 500 of these back in 1997 and I bought two, being a Blackmore fanatic I had to have a few. Nice guitar , it originally had the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders in the neck and bridge but one of them crapped out so I put a DiMarzio YJM in the neck and a DiMarzio Fast Track in the bridge .

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster

When they updated the Yngwie model back in 2008 I'd been meaning to pick one of the new ones up to add to my collection. Eventually I did and Fender did a great job on this updated model, it sounds and plays killer.

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MC Guitars Joe Stump Demon Wing

This is the Demon Wing prototype made custom for me by MC Guitars. They approached me and wanted to do a more metal type of machine as opposed to a standard strat style body shape. While this guitar looks like an evil metal machine it`s contours to my body just like a strat. The pickup switch, the positioning of the knobs and the trem are indentical to a stratocaster. So while it looks somewhat radical it `s quite a traditional axe.

The neck is modeled after one of Blackmore`s own 72 strat necks and Dawk Stillwell who was Blackmore`s tech during Purple and the Dio-era Rainbow installed a custom master tone circuit that Ritchie had in many of his main guitars. It`s got an alder body, locking sperzel tuners, an oversized headstock, scalloped neck, graphtech nut, Dunlop 6000 jumbo frets, pickup-wise all Dimarzio of course, a YJM in the neck, Virtual Vintage solo in the middle and Tone Zone S in the bridge. The trem is a hipshot and I love it. The guitar stays in tune amazingly well ,sounds massive and has great tone . Also the 3 top hat knobs are from one of Blackmore`s strats so it`s got the Ritchie mojo, enough said.

It`s my main axe with HolyHell. I`m having a new one built now with a bad-ass custom paint job and custom inlays.

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MC Guitars Joe Stump Demon Wing

Dean Cascione, in collaboration with MC Guitars, just completed work on the latest weapon to my shred arsenal, my new custom DemonWing. Dean did a killer job for me on this axe for which I'm extremely grateful. The bad-ass custom paint job is courtesy of Brian at Orion Guitar Finishing.

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Fender Stratocaster (hybrid)

I love the neck on this one, same pickup configuration as most of my strats YJM -neck, HS-3 bridge, fender pickup in the middle slot. The body is from a Fender Japan Strat and the neck is an original USA 1971 Fender Strat neck done to my usual modifications.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Sig Stratocaster

I`ve had this one awhile as well. The Sonic Blue color is almost more of a foam green at this point. It belongs to a close friend of mine and and I`m keeping it for him.

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Sig Stratocaster

Another guitar I`ve had for over 20 years, I`m holding it on the inside pictures on my first solo cd "Guitar Dominance". It`s seen quite a bit of action back in the earlier stages of my career.

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1972 USA Fender Stratocaster

My Blackmore Made in Japan strat, this one`s a real 72, my very first stratocaster was almost identical to this one and I got that back when I was 14 . My original one back in the 70`s was a 74. That was my rig as a teenager a 74 strat and a 100 watt Marshall.

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Fender Japan Yngwie Malmsteen Sig Stratocaster

When they first came out with the Fender USA Yngwie signature strat they also produced a Japanese one that was modeled more after his famous 71 strat with the larger headstock. Orinally this guitar didn't have the dimarzios but after I bought it I installed an HS-3 in the neck and bridge. Another strat I`ve had since the late 80`s / early 90`s.

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1971 Fender Stratocaster

This also is a real 71, I got it from Wolf, he does most of the work on all my guitars . He got it cheap from some guy who didn`t have a clue and had stripped the finish off of it. I had it repainted Ferrari red, had the neck scalloped, and a YJM in the neck and HS-3 in the bridge, a great sounding and looking strat.

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Mexican Fender 1970'S RI Stratocaster

This is a mexican 70`s re-issue I bought awhile ago. It`s my Blackmore Deep Purple Burn era/ Live at the California Jam strat. Like all my strats it`s got a heavily scalloped neck and a YJM in the neck and HS-3 in the bridge , (fender pickup in the middle position). The body is a a nice lightweight piece of ash and it`s got some tone to it.

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ESP Custom Shop Stratocaster

The first guitar I got from ESP when I came on as an endorsee back in 1994/95 Color-wise it`s a cross between salmon pink and fiesta red. I`ve since refretted it with Dunlop jumbos and like all my ESP custom shop guitars it`s got a YJM in the neck, HS-3 in the bridge, Sperzel locking tuners, a graphtech nut and a scalloped neck.

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