I currently have 2 nylon string guitars that I use
for live and studio performances all built by luthier
Click here to view a video performance demonstrating what I use when and how I incorporate the RC50 loop station.
My steel string guitar is built by
All the acoustic guitars are fitted
systems. Of all the different systems I have used
to date, B-band to me is by far the best!
Guitar cables! Believe it or not, the
last time I was in Tokyo I was working with a studio
engineer who introduced me to a cable with a solid
silver core. I was very skeptical that it could make
an audible difference to what I was currently using.
So we ran a little test. I plugged my nylon string
guitar direct into the console using what I thought
to be my best guitar cable and we recorded 8 bars.
We then recorded another 8 bars with a Zaolla
solid silver core patch cable he had at the studio.
We listened back to the recordings and in total amazement
I didn't just hear a subtle difference, but more of
a drastic one! The guitars tone was warmer and much
more natural. Therefore from then on I have used nothing
but solid silver core cables from Zaolla.
A great new complement to my already wonderful sounding
B-Band pick-ups and preamp.
My electric guitar is an old Fender
American Strat that I've owned since the early 80's.
It is equipped with split coil pick-ups called "Ultrasonics"
The pick-ups are not available any more and it's a
shame as they continue to sound incredible!
As for guitar strings, I currently use
D'Addario Pro-Art'e EJ46 Hard tention strings for my
nylon string guitars, D'Addario EXP16 strings for
my Lowdin and D'Addario EXL120 strings for my strat.
I've used may different types of guitar
picks over the past 30 years and the pick
I now use is a Dava pick that has been modified to
allow me to quickly change from playing finger style
flamenco to the flat pick without missing a note.
below are pictures of the guitar pick I use.
To monitor my nylon string guitar on
stage I plug into a Bose T1 digital board then into
a Fender SPA-7500 amp. The Fender SPA-7500 is plugged
into 2 Peavey TLM2 monitors. I also like using in
ear monitors when performing live. I currently am
useing Live Wires.
Currently I have also Incorporated the
Boss RC-50 loop station into my live performances
and use an AKG C535 EB microphone.
For my steel string guitar I plug into
a Crate Acoustic 125D amp.
I plug my strat into an old Mesa Boogie
MII 100/60 watt head then into a speaker cabinet with
a couple of old 12" celestion speakers from an
old Fender Twin Reverb amp.
When recording I do most of my preproduction
work from home. My home studio is PC based and I use
primarily use Cubase SX with a Motu 828MKII.
the photos of my guitar pick: