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
Fender ’69 vintage custom shop pickups
’79 Gibson Marauder the cost was, I think $750 in 1979 or 80. Second guitar (no slide) on Toward My Fears
|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.
I borrowed this bass from the studio and unfortunately did not get a shot of it
|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.
*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.