I’m 100% satisfied with the bass. Probably my best CL buy ever, and I don’t think I could find a better bass new or used without spending 4x what I paid for this one.
The Mockingbird is a forever guitar. It’s in pretty dire need of a professional setup though. Intonation is screwy, and my attempts to fix the problem made it much worse. Some fret work too (plek’ing didn’t last as long as I expected). Currently tuned to C standard with 10-60 strings, it still sounds fantastic, if only it was in tune at all positions on the neck lol.
The ESP was a cheap layaway buy from guitar center years ago. It replaced an even cheaper Ibanez RG. Super easy to shred with, but honestly nothing special minus a penchant for beastly pinch harmonics. Also currently has some wiring issues I keep forgetting to look into. Not really worth dumping money into in my opinion, I think I would rather have kept the RG based solely off of Ibanez’s wonderfully thin, unfinished necks. I may sell this one, buy another cheap RG, add some bare knuckle pickups and call it good?
Anyways... I’m almost positive my next ax will be a multiscale guitar made by Ormsby. The only question is do I go with their full multiscale (above), or the slightly less exaggerated version that has a Floyd rose (below). I’m sticking with 6 string for now either way.
I’ve been itching for a strat again too. Years ago I had a beauty. Made in Mexico, an orange sunburst with rear mount electronics and no pick gaurd. Rosewood neck. I’ve never seen another like it, but I’m pretty sure it was all factory. If one popped up I’d have a hard time resisting, especially considering how much of a bargain the MIM Stratocasters usually are.
Barring catastrophe, that stimulus check is probably going towards music gear.