My archtop guitar of choice is a Benedetto
Bambino. This is the second Benedetto guitar I have owned.
Benedetto made me my first archtop jazz guitar in 1995, custom made to certain
specifications. I needed a great sounding guitar that could stand a little
extra volume (most archtops are hollow bodies that can only take low levels without
feeding back). To achieve this Bob placed a block down the centre of the guitar
and modelled the style on a Gibson Birdland, whilst retaining all the classic
elements of a Benedetto.
The new Bambino guitar is everything that my
original guitar has and is a little smaller so it's great for travelling. A beautiful
warm jazz sound. This guitar is featured heavily throughout my Blue
I am using D'addario half rounds at the moment, gauge 12 to 52.
2006 American Deluxe Sunburst Fender Strat
White Fender Strat
Martin DX1 Dreadnought acoustic guitar
Delta thinline (Telecaster)
Takamine EN60C Nylon acoustic guitar
jazz guitar (never use it. Offers? :)
I have been recording and playing through an Acoustic Image
Clarus 2R head with 2 Raezer's Edge 12 inch speaker cabinets.
I also love old Polytone amps and like to use one alongside
the Acoustic Image set up in a live setting. I used Fender
Twins for years (1965 Black Face reissue) and still do on
the road, as they are usually available for rental and pretty
reliable, but they don't quite have the warmth I am looking
I use minimal effects these days. I like the
sound to come from my fingers and a clean amp sound. I usually just have a little
reverb and a small amount of delay and that's it.
My touring pedalboad
is now a Boss ME-50 alongside a Rocktron Banshee talkbox.
My home made
pedalboard consists of the following (which is pretty much now retired for portability
- Boss digital delay
- Electro harmonix Doctor Q envelope follower
SV1 supervibe stereo chorus
- Boss TU2 chromatic tuner
- Ibanez TS9 tube screamer
(used with Digitalker)
- Ernie Ball volume pedal
- Tech 21 Killer
Wail wah wah
- Digitech Talker Voice sythesis
- Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive (power
- Voodoo Lab pedal power AC controller