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.
2012 Collings Eastside LC
After failing to bond with my Collings CL Deluxe, I decided to trade that guitar for this gently used Collings Eastside LC. I plan to spend a lot more time developing my jazz chops and this is certainly a fine instrument for the job. I picked this one up in 2017.
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
Kemper Profiler and Remote
The Kemper Profiler is the leading-edge digital guitar amplifier and all-in-one effects processor. Hailed as a game-changer by guitarists the world over, the Profiler is the first digital guitar amp to really nail the full and dynamic sound of a guitar or bass amp. I never thought that I would use any type of digital amp. And, in a way, I’m not. This device captures the sound of a mic’d amp to a point where the slightest difference in sound is not material, particularly in a live situation. I am now using the Kemper as my main rig when playing live.
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.
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.