My Guitar Equipment

This page is for all those who are interested in the gear that I am using. I have quite a few guitars, ranging from solid body electrics to nylon string classicals. This page is concerned with my ‘live’ setup.

The BJH 7 String Guitar

The guitar that I use for playing jazz gigs is my BJH 7 string.

The guitar is 3″ deep with 25″ scale length. The body has a spruce top and maple back and sides. The neck is mahogany with an ebony fret board. The tail piece, finger rest and headstock veneer are made from ebony. The low string is tuned to an A. The Strings are a set of .013s with an .085 for that low A string. The top and back plate are hand carved and this baby sounds huge! This guitar is amazing!!

The amp that I use in conjunction with this guitar is a Polytone Minibrute IV. These amps are quite difficult to get hold of in the UK nowadays. If you can get hold of one, then buy it as Polytones are great amps for playing jazz as they give a full, rich, pure tone that compliments an archtop perfectly.

For more information on BJH guitars, please visit the BJH Guitars web site.

Band Work

When playing in bands, my main two solid body electric guitars are my Strat and my Tele. My Strat is an Amercian Standard, Alpine White Stratocaster and my Tele is a Butterscotch Blonde, Elite Telecaster. Both guitars have maple fingerboards.

The amp that I use when playing in bands and for recording is a Kemper Profiler. Kempers are incredibly versatile amplifiers, allowing me to play through pretty much any model of amplifier that I choose.

Acoustic Gigs

When playing solo acoustic guitar or in my duo with Claire Barker, my main steel string acoustic guitar is a Taylor. I play my Taylor acoustic guitar through an AER Compact 60 amplifier which provides a great sound in a very small box. This setup gives a great acoustic sound and takes up very little room.

Other Gear

My studio is equipped with some great recording gear, allowing me to record great sounding tracks. An important part of my recording setup is my UAD Audio Apollo. This amazing piece of equipment allows me to have access to accurate recreations of the best preamps, compressors, EQs and most high end audio hardware in a tiny box. Modern technology can now create amazing sounding results in small studios which was not possible in the past.