Music Equipment & Gear…
When it comes to; gigs, recording sessions, and freelancing, I generally keep things pretty simple when it comes to gear. Below is an overview of the; guitars, amps, effects, and speaker monitors that I like to use.
One of the main guitars in my arsenal is my 1991 Fender USA Stratocaster. It was purchased new from Norman Harris himself over at Norman’s Rare Guitars, in Tarzana, California.
Norman was a friend of my Uncle’s. When I met Norm, he asked me what guitar’s I preferred, and I mentioned that I was definitely a sunburst Fender Strat guy – he said oh – wait a minute, running off to the back room.
He returned with this guitar and said, check this out! And, I purchased it right then and there for a fantastic price! Over the years I’ve made a few mods to this Strat like; Sperzel Tuners, a graphite nut, a Duncan CoolRail at the neck position, with HotRail at the bridge and a Roland GK20 synth controller.
Another important guitar in my collection is this 2007 Fender Telecaster. I purchased this gorgeous Telecaster second hand in 2019 from a guitar collector who had barely played it during the time he had owned it.
He acquired this ’07 Tele from its original owner and had kept the guitar in absolutely pristine condition while also adding two Seymour Duncan pick-ups at the guitar’s bridge and neck positions.
Not only was it a pleasure to play from the day I first picked it up, but the afternoon that I spent with the owner when I purchased it was also very memorable as well. He was an avid guitar enthusiast who was extremely happy to know that his much coveted Fender Telecaster was going to a good home with a serious guitarist who would take excellent care of this fine instrument for many years to come.
Another important electric guitar is my 1987 B.C. Rich ST-III USA. From the factory it came with a B.C. Rich licensed Floyd Rose tremolo system as well as a DiMarzio PAF-Pro in the bridge.
After hearing Tony MacAlpine play this BC Rich model on his album, Maximum Security, I became interested in the tone that MacAlpine generated from this line of BC Rich guitars.
A local music store had this guitar in-stock and from the very first time I played it – I was instantly sold on both its feel and on its tone.
Over the years I’ve replaced the middle and neck pick-up’s with Seymour Duncan’s and I had the body routed deeper for the tremolo to pull up two whole-steps. It’s a fantastic instrument with killer tone and a really fast neck.
When it comes to solo guitar /finger-style performance, as well as, acoustic recordings that will require nylon string guitar, my main instrument is the 1997 Manuel Raimundo nylon string cutaway.
After reading several reviews about the tone and quality of Raimundo instruments, I purchased this guitar through the local Raimundo sales-rep sight unseen!
When I was in the market for a new nylon string guitar, the information I had read on the build quality of Raimundo completely sold me. After receiving the guitar, I installed two Fishman pickups, (an SBT-E Soundboard Transducer and an under-saddle AG Series). They’re both wired together and meet up at an XLR jack located at the base of the body.
For live performance, I run the XLR cable from the guitar out to a Mackie 402VLZ4 4-Channel Compact Mixer. From there everything goes to my acoustic rig. It makes for a beautiful live sound that’s thick and rich in a natural acoustics with none of the feedback issues that are often associated with using a mic mounted inside of the guitar sound-hole.