My Guitar Gear
Electric Guitars For Band Work
Fender American Statocaster
Fender American Telecaster
Acoustic Guitar Gear
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
AER Custom 60 Acoustic Guitar Amp
The BJH 7 String Archtop Jazz 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 Polytone guitar amps are great amps for playing jazz as they give a full, rich, pure tone that compliments an archtop perfectly.
BJH 7 string Archtop Jazz Guitar
6 String BJH Archtop Jazz Guitar
Strings And Picks
Apart from my archtop jazz guitars, I now use Elixir coated guitar strings on all my guitars. I destroy regular guitar strings as I play hard and I seem to have extremely corrosive sweat created by my hands. Regular guitar strings will last two gigs maximum as I will definitely break one or two strings on a third gig.
Since switching to Elixir guitar strings, I can now use the same strings for many gigs and they will often last a couple of months. The strings are much more expensive than regular guitar strings, although they save me a fortune in the long run. They also sound great until I change them and the intonation stays constant.
The guitar strings I currently use are as follows:
The thumb picks I currently use are as follows:
Guitar plectrums have a big impact on guitar tone. The thickness of the pick and the material it is made of both contribute towards the tone that is created.
For many years, I used Jim Dunlop, 3mm Big Stubby picks. These picks sound great and are not overly expensive.
A good friend of mine introduced me to Jim Dunlop Primetone picks on a gig and after some experimentation, I switched to these picks. I used the 3mm, Large Point Tip variation. These picks are more expensive than the big stubby picks, although I preferred the tonal difference (especially with archtop guitars) and I used these picks for many years.
When playing solid body electric guitar in bands and hammering away on the strings all night, I would often break strings. In an effort to cut down the frequency of string changes, one change I made was to use a lighter pick. I finally settled on Jim Dunlop Petrucci Jazz III picks. The guitar tone isn't as fat as with the Primetone picks, although they still sound great.