The instruments that I used on this project are by no means expensive. And I try everything in my power to make them sound as best as I can. I believe the most expensive may have been my old ’79 Gibson Marauder the cost was, I think $750 in 1979 or 80.

I’ve managed to learn a couple other instruments along the way. I’m not one to go out and buy expensive instruments. So these are set up to be what  I wanted them to be. I remember piecing guitars together when I was a teenager. I didn’t have any money, but I was certainly mechanically and creatively inclined. I still do this to this day.  So it was nothing new to me.

The ones I use here are referenced with tunings as well.

These are the instruments that I played on the recordings.

Squire-Bullet series Strat Standard tuning

Used whammy

Fender ’69 vintage custom shop pickups

Gibson Marauder

’79 Gibson Marauder the cost was, I think $750 in 1979 or 80. Second guitar (no slide) on Toward My Fears

Standard tuning


Ibanez banjo B200 –

Played a country group for a bit that required lapsteel and banjo so I thought what the heck. And here we are with a couple of original compositions later.

This is an unbelievable, versatile, fun instrument.

Open G tuning

G/D Monroe tuning

Ibanez semi acoustic –AEG2411

Bought and named after my late father in law. “Claude” (pronounced “cload”). This Guitar is now a family heirloom. Used this one on Little Secrets and I’m sure more to come.

Ibanez bass

I borrowed this bass from the studio and unfortunately did not get a shot of it

Standard tuning
Bravo acoustic* Lap Steel

* I fashioned my daughter’s old acoustic guitar from when she was 9 years old(?) into a lap steel because I felt like learning it???? She was 20 years old at the time. So, no, I did not traumatise my baby girl. I think its value was $100, ¾ size.

Hammer Slammer**

*Created a lap steel from a Hammer guitar that was being tossed.

This is the one that created the cello like sounds in Little Secrets. The primary guitar used in “Toward My Fears”.

Alvarez acoustic (mid 70’s?)

We’ve been together for a very long time she and I. Since 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I hitch-hiked with her in a blanket all the way back to Sudbury, Ontario

Drop D (6&1)
  • The other little pieces that help me pull it all together
  • MXL Condenser microphone
  • Shure SM57
  • Behringer interface (Midas pre-amps)
  • REAPER  D.A.W. software

Yep, that is about it. As for as gear goes.

Whatever I may need I can borrow but I truly love having to make do with what I have.