|Instruments & Gear
I often get asked about the instruments I play and what picks I use.
Read on for the all the anwers. updated April 2010
|1962 Martin D28 aka My Favorite Martin
I acquired this one in the early 1990's while living in Brooklyn, NY. Got a call one day from a fellow Brooklyn musician named Hank Bones saying he had a D28 for sale that was pretty beat up but sounded good.
He was right on both counts: the thing was trashed, but also had the sound. I decided it was worth getting at the price he was asking, but was initially thinking of it more as an invest-ment than as my primary guitar. But a year or so later I was playing it some and did an earnest comparison with the '67 D28 that I'd been playing for yearsand had to admit that it had a certain something over my other guitar.
Around that same time I also realized that I preferred the sound of light gauge strings. I'd been leery of using lights since, playing as hard as I do, I figured thatI'd get buzzing. But with the action on this guitar they seemed to work well and so I've been using lights ever since. (John Pearce or D'Addario phosphor bronze.)
|Rose #33 Mandolin
Made in 2007 by Darby Boofer in Charles Town, WV, this was the second of two mandolins he made for me. (The
Both instruments sounded very good right out of the gatebut each also required significant work to get
Bling-wise, it features a James tailpiece and a McClung armrest from Doug Edwards.
My default mando strings are D'Addario J74s. But right now
|1975 Allison (Gibson reproduction).
I almost never carry a banjo when I perform solo or duo
But I do. And whenever I'm fronting a band, there's always some banjer.
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