CP Thornton 2006 and 2007 Jazz Elites. Modifications: inlay-free fingerboard, narrow-spaced nut on a wide fingerboard, five-position blade style pickup selector switch removed, three-position toggle switch installed, no bridge-pickup tone control, volume potentiometers increased to 500k, no-load tone pot, on the 2006 the body cavity, including under pickups, is coated with copper paint, Graph Tech string-saver saddles, Madagascar ebony tuner buttons, Creamery Wide-Range Baby ’71s pickups in the neck position, Creamery Domino Hot Coil pickups in the bridge position.
flattop steel-string guitars
2014 and 2018 Anthony Klassen New Euphonon Modern model (which Tony designed for me), based on a Larson Brothers Euphonon Round Shoulder. The 2014 has an Adirondack spruce top with cocobolo sides and back. The 2018 has a Lutz spruce top, Indian Rosewood sides and back.
1999 Robert Ruck, cedar top, Indian rosewood sides and back, cutaway, 2013 Robert Ruck, Lutz spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, cutaway, and for air travel where the guitar has to be checked as luggage, a 2009 Michael Menkevich, European spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, cutaway.
Karura Sentinel carbon-fiber cases for the flattops and classicals. Calton deluxe fiberglas cases for the Thornton electrics and a second classical, when necessary.
for the Thornton electrics, Mono Case Sheath for in town, Mono Vertigo for travel, Mono M80-PB1 for the pedal board.
Egnater Rebel 20 or Tweaker combo for recordings and some local gigs. For road gigs promoters receive a list of 75 amplifiers ranked in order of desirability. Usually they find something that is not on the list. For nearby acoustic gigs where no PA is available, I use an AER Alpha with a Shure SM81 microphone.
D’Addario EPN22 (.013-.056) for the Thornton electrics, D’Addario EJ17 (.013-.056) for steel-string flattops, D’Addario EJ45 Pro Arte normal tension (.028-.043, G string replaced with an EJ46 hard-tension G, .041) for the classicals
Two Suhr Eclipse distortion pedals, TC Electronic PolyTune 3 tuner, Seymour Duncan Visegrip compressor (live gigs only), TC Electronic mini Hall of Fame (live gigs only) reverb, Suhr Jack Rabbtt tremolo, Lehle volume pedal (studio and live recordings), Tapestry volume pedal (gigs), Cioks DC5 power supply, Pedaltrain Metro 16 pedal board.
Jim Dunlop Stubby #474 Lexan 3.0mm.
Modified 1/32 fiberglas violin bows.
Scott Fields Noise Glove
For gigs, Monster Jazz. For recording, Monster Studio Pro 1000. For interconnections, Monster Prolink Standard 100.