The guitar in my avatar: 1957 Gibson ES125. This was my dad's guitar when he was younger, around the 60's. He bought it along with this Gibson GA9 amp, when both belonged to an American Diplomat in Chile. The amp was in great cosmetic conditions when I got it! But it was not working though... We fixed it a few days later. He later installed a Bigsby and bought a cheap Japanese guitar just to get the pickup out of it and install it in the bridge position of this Gibson... you know: rock'n roll! It was an awful pickup! My dad also added the additional two knobs in this rather unorthodox way for a Gibson guitar, as well as the two switches, as back in the day, you couldn't find a three way switch on stores, in Chile at least. When I got this guitar in 1990, I started the search for a proper P90 pickup, and a good Switchcraft 3 way switch. The additional switch is left there to avoid leaving a hole. Also, this one, although it's not a "vintage" guitar, but the story is really cool: 1987 Kramer Baretta. This belonged to the brother of a good friend of mine, who unfortunately passed away. This friend of mine, who is a fantastic bass player, knew that I loved Van Halen, so he offered it to me after his brother passed away, but I didn't have the money back then to buy it. I suggested him to start an auction on ebay. A couple days later, he was back visiting me at home, and we discussed cowboy boots, as I had a very nice handmade pair. He asked me about them and I offered him to try them out, and if he liked them, I could bring him a new pair when back from holidays (they were made by an artisan in Santiago, Chile). The boots fit him perfectly, so he looked at me in the eyes and asked: Are you still interested in the Baretta? Well, now he has some nice boots, and I have a nice rock guitar!! Watching EVH play his solo with the 5150 on that VHS in New Haven was very influential in my guitar playing, and I was finishing my set playing Eruption on each gig at The Republic Steakhouse in College Station, Texas, where I used to play every week... This is the main guitar on "Amurabi Code" and "The Last Immigrant" upload image lossless And finally, the VOX T530 AlNiCo Blue speaker in my GA9 is from the early 60's, with its original RIC cone. I got it for £50 with a vintage Howell&Bell cabinet that was housing this speaker. The old Gibson amp originally came with a 10" speaker, but my dad replaced it with a Jensen 12" P12 AlNiCo speaker in the 60's, which sounded nice, but lacked bottom end. I then replaced the Jensen speaker by the Vox - which sounded a lot better - put the Jensen inside the Howell&Bell cabinet and sold it for a profit.