My Guitar Collection
2015 Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster
This 2015 Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster features a deep-contoured alder body with an Olympic White lacquer Relic finish. Tone comes from three hand-wound ’60s Stratocaster single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with modern five-way switching. The guitar also features a quartersawn maple neck with a comfortable ’60s oval C profile and small headstock, 9.5″-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, a three-ply mint green pickguard, vintage white control knobs, American Vintage bridge, and American Vintage tuning machines. A nice complement to my 2011 Custom Shop Strat.
2012 Fender Select Telecaster
I also spend a fair amount of time with my 2012 Fender Select Telecaster. This guitar has a Violin burst gloss lacquer finish on a resonant honeycomb-chambered ash body with a solid flame maple top. It also features a “C” shaped birdseye maple neck with a 9.5 inch compound radius birdseye maple fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets. The pickups are specific to this model and offer three-way switching with a no-load tone control on the bridge pickup.
1976 Les Paul Standard
This was my first good quality electric guitar. I bought it second hand for $300 in the late 1970s. It was played hard back then as I was actively touring and recording all around Canada and the United States. Despite the work on the road and over 36 years of service, the guitar looks almost mint. This guitar does get played from time to time but usually only at home or in the studio.
2014 Ibanez Artstar AF155
This is my second hollow body Ibanez, the Artstar AF155. I love to play jazz and, in another decade or so, I may get to a level where I can justify a higher-end jazzbox. But, for now, this one is not holding me back. Wonderful, woody tone for jazz.
2008 Tom Anderson Drop Top
The Tom Anderson Drop Top is a boutique Super Strat. Great sounding guitar and I used to play it all the time. Very versatile. I was stuck between single coils and humbuckers so I bought another HSS guitar.
2009 Squier Custom Vibe Telecaster
This one was a terrific find. A Chinese Tele that plays well and sounds pretty good especially for the low price. A perfect guitar for a student just starting out or for an accomplished player who needs a low cost guitar. I take it out when the venue might be harsh on a wooden instrument, such as hot, humid summer days.
Fender American Jazz Bass (5-String)
I used to play a lot of bass years ago and I picked up this Fender American Jazz Bass along the way. I don’t remember when but I have had it for a few decades for sure.
1972 Guild D40
I bought this guitar new at Steve’s Music in Montreal. That was, ahem, 43 years ago. I took it with me everywhere I went. I believe it has gone out to my oldest son along with another of my acoustic guitars. Well, at least it is still in the family.
My Amp Collection
Swart AST Mk II
The AST MkII is Michael Swart’s take on a head and cab rig with 4/8/16ohm impedance selection, the ability to run the 6V6, 6L6, and EL-34, along with the addition of a completely bypassable dedicated tube stage master volume. The all aluminum, star ground chassis is housed in a hand-made , finger-jointed, solid wood cab, covered in lacquered tweed. I run the amp with 6V6 tubes. Sounds great.
Morgan AC20 Deluxe
The Morgan AC20 Deluxe 20W tube guitar head is a relatively simple amplifier that is capable of producing a myriad of early ’60s British tones. The switchable EF86 tube helps to make the range of tones from the cleanest of EL84 chime to high-gain growl. A great take on the classic Vox sound.
Fender ’64 Deluxe Reissue
This amp was also heavily used for a number of years. Classic, blackface sound. I had the amp modded to give me just a bit more tone.
This is my new Tweed Deluxe. Handbuilt by Michael Clark. Awesome attention to detail in the build and, yes, it has that Tweed Deluxe sound.
Mesa Boogie Road King Dual Rectifier
A really big rig. The classic Mesa Boogie tone machine coupled with a 4×12 cab. This amp can go to 11 and then some.
I use Dunlop Ultex Sharp 2.0mm picks. I buy them in bulk.
I play D’Addario strings. 010s on the single coil guitars and 011s on the humbucker guitars. I also buy the strings in bulk.
I use Lava cables for the pedalboard with soldered Switchcraft connectors.
I use Evidence Audio instrument cables.
I still use a Shure 57 to mic up the guitar cab.
I use Pedaltrain pedalboards (PT Pro, PT 2, PT Jr).
I use Voodoo Labs Pedal Power boxes to power the boards. I should buy them in bulk.
I now use an iPad for my charts. I guess I am not too old school after all.