Equipment

 

Guitars:

Benedetto Custom Benny

Mapson Lusso (strung 015-052)

Gibson L5 CES (fitted with PAF humbucker) I used to string this with heavy strings like the Mapson but recently tried flatwounds for first time in years.

Moriarty 16″ custom guitar – strung with a set of 13s on a low action

Raines Master Flamenco 7 string (High A – using fishing line a la Lenny Breau)

Raines Studio Classical (6 string)

Raines 335 style 7 string (High A – 25″ scale)

Yamaha ‘Silent’ Guitar (also a gift from the late George Mesterhazy)

Amplifiers:

Fender Vibralux Reissue with Handmade Weber Speakers

Acoustic Image Clarus (series 4) with the Chameleon Speaker (15″ cab but contains 10″ and 5″ speaker with a crossover). This speaker is designed lovingly by Master Luthier John Buscarino using the best of components/parts etc – top to bottom.

This speaker is a full range speaker with a crossover and I am staggered by how great it sounds in any register. Kudos to the Clarus as it seems the slightest adjustment to EQ makes a noticeable difference. On John’s advice I have added outboard Reverb – I am using the the TC Electronics Hall Of Fame pedal and while I am still getting to know it, I am particularly enjoying the settings you can download that have been created by various artists via the Toneprint feature. John Buscarino has taught me a lot about this equipment and IMO he’s a born teacher, he can answer the questions you are about to ask and breaks it down in a way I can always follow. With a full range 500w speaker power and clarity is not an issue, factor in the warmth of the tubes and I’m a happy camper.

Pre-Amps:

Cast of characters: 1. Presonus TubePre (V1)  2. Presonus TubePre (V2) 3. Ethos Clean Pedal 4. Frenzel Tube PreAmp 4 JOYO American Sound Pedal 5. The SansAmp DI box.

I’ve been experimenting with considerable success with a number of tube  preamps. I tried some solid state options Tech 21 SansAmp but mine is an older version that didn’t have the tube emulator – it helped a little. I tried the JOYO American Sound – great fro the price but still wasn’t quite doing it for me. James Lafferty of the Jazz Lobsters had given me a Presonus TubePre and lo and behold there was that little extra I was missing. By this time I’m back and forth with Master Luthier John Buscarino who designed the speaker and he noticed there was an updated version of the TubePre – the V2. A phonetical to Presonus and one of their techs was able to walk me through the upgrade and lo and behold he was right – I could hear the difference. The vast majority of reviews in Amazon suggested replacing the tube that came with it. I did and again, much warmer. I put in a Tungsol 12AX7 (Goldpin). I was not done yet. I received the Ethos Clean pedal and even a solid state sceptic like me has to admit, this is VERY close to tube warmth (I am still getting to know it). Finally on the way soon is a Frenzel Tube PreAmp that I am anxious to try.

Software:

Sibelius Software (notation and arranging/composition)

Logic (very rarely use it nowadays) although… I did update to the latest version on advice of a few friends.

 

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