Guitar Gear Talk
If there is one thing most guitarists like to talk about its guitar equipment. Here is some insight into what I use for the guitar gear heads out there. You can also catch music-related musing on my blog.
Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Most often, I play a custom Marblehead electric guitar (Jazz model) made by skilled luthier Matt Levonian. Fitted with a Seymour Duncan Charlie Christian humbucking pickup, the guitar has an incredible sustain and tone; it handles high volumes that cause other guitars to feedback.
For the high-volume rock and pop gigs, I use a custom Levonian Telecaster.
All of my instruments are maintained and repaired by Matt, who is one of the finest luthiers I have ever come across. His tremendous expertise, integrity, and very reasonable rates make him the person I most highly recommend to all guitarists and students in the Los Angeles area.
For those interested in contacting Matt Levonian, his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The acoustic nylon string guitar I use most often is an Alvarez from the early 1980s.
custom Tube Amplifiers and Kerry wright speaker cabinets
A custom tube amplifier made by electronics wizard Gary McCellan. Depending on the venue, I run the amplifier through either a 12" or 15" custom speaker cabinet made by Kerry Wright. Kerry makes the best-sounding cabinets I have ever heard! Jim Cole, a great friend, is a walking encyclopedia of guitar knowledge and continues to be a tremendous help on my tone quests.
Pyramid strings and Medium Fender Picks
Pyramid strings are the finest I have ever come across. I use their Pure Nickel round wound .013-.054 on the Marblehead, and Pure Nickel round wound .012-.050 strings on the Telecaster. If you are interested in trying them but have difficulty finding them please contact me.
I have gone through many different phases with guitar picks. Currently, I mostly use medium Fender picks (Nick Lucas shape). They offer a lot of clarity without sounding harsh or too dark.