The other [red] Gibson Firebird with 3 pick-ups was custom made for Steve. It resembles a vintage Firebird VII but the position marks are trapezoids and the pegs are Grover Mini Rotomatics. Also, the centre / rear volume pot is a push-pull type coil tap switch for the centre and rear pick-ups.
The last guitar is a familiar Gibson EDS 1275 W-neck (photo 10). This model is a relatively newly built 6-string 12-string combination.
Both Phil [Collen] and Steve use a sound system [for this tour] consisting of a Randall RG100 guitar pre-amp and T.C.1210 from TC Electronics (Expander + stereo chorus / flanger) and a T.C.2290 (digital delay).
Later on the Hysteria Tour when Love Bites was released as a single Steve would be seen on stage with a Fender Stratocaster – which was a fairly rare thing to see with Steve being primarily a Gibson man at this point in his career.
This Stratocaster is the one that he uses in the video for the“Love Bites” single. Steve had stated in an interview in Guitarist magazine in 1988 that he had a Fender Stratocaster fitted with Bill Lawrence pickups. Bill Lawrence pickups are renowned for their excellent tonal qualities. I assume that it is this guitar he’s referring to regarding those pickups, but I cannot be sure.
Steve’s “Love Bites” strat is a Fender (unsure if it’s a “Made In Japan” or a “Made In USA”) with the standard SSS configuration. It also has a rosewood fingerboard and is finished in the very nice gunmetal blue colour, looking similar to one that Jimmy Page had. It’s also fitted with a Kahler “Traditional Series” 2520 fulcrum tremolo unit.
Obviously most of the guitars featured on this page were the main guitars Steve used on the Hysteria World Tour from the start. However, we know that he ordered up more from Gibson as the tour progressed (as in the above-mentioned Fender Stratocaster) and was later seen with another black Les Paul Custom with all-black hardware, and a white EDS-1275 doubleneck custom fitted with a Kahler Flat Mount Tremolo system and custom pick-ups on the 12-string neck.