electric guitars      CP Thornton 2006 and 2007 Jazz Elites. Modifications: inlay-free fingerboard, narrow-spaced nut on a wide fingerboard, five-position blade style pickup selector switch removed, three-position toggle switch installed, no bridge-pickup tone control, volume potentiometers increased to 1-meg, on the 2006 the body cavity, including under pickups, is coated with copper paint, Graph Tech string-saver saddles, Madagascar ebony tuner buttons. On the 2007, which I use for recording, the pickups are Lace Alumitones. On the 2006, which I use for most live gigs, the pickups are Creamery Wide-Range Baby ’71s.

flattop steel-string guitar      2014 Anthony Klassen New Era Scott Fields model, based on a Larson Brothers Euphonon Round Shoulder, Adirondack spruce top, cocobolo sides and back.



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classical guitars      1999 Robert Ruck, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, cutaway, 2013 Robert Ruck, spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, cutaway, 1987 Manuel Contreras, cedar top, South American rosewood sides and back, cutaway, converted to fretless.

road cases      Karura Sentinel carbon-fiber cases for the flattops and classicals. Calton deluxe fiberglas case for the Thornton electrics.

amplifiers      Egnater Rebel 20 for recordings and some local gigs. For road gigs promoters receive a list of 75 amplifiers ranked in order of desirability. Usually they find something that is not on the list. For local acoustic gigs where no PA is available, I use a Fishman Performer Pro with a Shure SM81 microphone.

strings      D’Addario EPN22 (.013-.056) for the Thornton electrics, D’Addario EJ17 (.013-.056) for steel-string flattops, D’Addario EJ45 Pro Arte normal tension (.028-.043, G string replaced with an EJ46 hard-tension G, .041) for the Ruck classicals, Addario extra hard tension EJ44 (.029-.045) for 1987 Contreras classical fretless.

pedals      Seymour Duncan SFX-11 Twin Tube Blue, Seymour Duncan SFX-04 Twin Tube Mayhem, Morley Mini Volume pedal, TC Elctronic PolyTune 2 or Boss TU-2 tuner. In the studio I use an American Loopers Clickless 2-Channel loop so that the Duncan pedals can be triggered without acoustic pedal noise. For gigs where I have to travel light and for some rehearsals I replace the heavy Seymour Duncan tube pedals with a mini-pedalboard loaded with three TC Elctronic distortion pedals: a MojoMojo, a Dark Matter, and a Röttweiler.

picks      Jim Dunlop Stubby #474 Lexan 3.0mm.

bows      Modified 1/32 fiberglas violin bows.

cables      For gigs, Monster Jazz. For recording, Monster Studio Pro 1000. For interconnections, Monster Prolink Standard 100.