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My Guitar Gear and Accessories

Here is a page about the gear I use. I use different guitars and amps in different situations. The gear that works for me may not be right for you. Let your ear decide. The gear you use should sound good to you when you play it.

My number one guitar (the one I use on stage more than any other) is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.


I have had mine for years, and the once white finish is slightly yellow now; a badge of honor from so many nights on stage in smoky bars. It's avaible in white again.

Another guitar you will see me with is my Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in Butterscotch Blonde. I should have bought this one sooner. Don't know why I waited so long.


I have one of these in natural Mahogany. I love the way it looks. It weighs less than any of my other electric guitars and sounds great.


I also have a Gibson "The Paul". It is a discontinued model. I love it. I have owned it longer than any of my other guitars. Great tone and sustain. Weighs less than my Les Paul, but the tone is very similar.


If you can't afford a Gibson, Epiphone is an acceptable alternative. I currently have an Epiphone SG, the G-400, that has beautiful wood grain and plays smooth as butter.



My favorite acoustic-electric is my 1992 collectors' series 1867 Legend. I love the way it looks, the way it sounds, and the way it feels.

This is my small amp. When I go to small informal gigs, and I don't want to lug a lot of gear, this is the perfect amp. Don't let the size or the 15 watts fool you. It is loud and has great tone. Mine is black, but it also comes in blonde or oxblood.


I need a less powerful version of the Vibrolux for smaller venues and recording. The Vibrolux overdrives smoothly but only at high volumes. The Deluxe Reverb is perfect for those situations where the Vibrolux would be too loud


I play a lot of old school rock and pop. Everything from fifties doo-wop to the Beatles, Stones, Clapton, Temptations . . . the list goes on and on. This amp handles every tone I need. Sounds best with my Telecasters, but the normal channel works with my Gibsons and the Epiphone.


This amp ROCKS! I use this one for blues, classic rock, and anytime I need lots of tube distortion and sustain. Sounds best with my Gibsons.


This is the acoustic amp I finally chose. PERFECT! Great tone and effects, mic and guitar channels with separate EQ and effects. If you have heard my live acoustic CD, this is the amp I recorded with.

Fender Acoustasonic Junior DSP Combo Amp with Effects

Fender Acoustasonic Junior DSP Combo Amp with Effects

I still have a 1970 Fender Bandmaster. It still works great! It is all beat up and has lots of nicks and scars and tears. Doesn't have the original speakers in the cabinet, and the back of the speaker cabinet has been replaced and has no Tolex, but it is still a classic to me.


I couldn't resist this little amp for my living room. Perfect for practicing at home. Great warm tube sound, and no effects; not even tone controls. You hear the true sound of your guitar.


I use nothing but Shure Microphones myself. I have never had any trouble with them, and I am old fashioned enough to like the way they look! This is my Personal Favorite! I have two of them!
See me use this mic live on stage (back when I had more hair)

Shure 55SH Series II Mic

Shure 55SH Series II Mic

This used to be my number one mic. Now I keep it for a backup, and when I have harmonica players sit in. Sounds great. I just like the cool retro looks of the 55SH better.
Shure SM58 Mic

Shure SM58 Mic

The first effect in my chain (from the guitar to the amp)is my MXR M-133 Micro Amp Pedal. It boosts the signal to unity gain to prevent pickup loading (that loss of signal you get when all the pedals are turned off and the clean signal gets a little dull or muddy sounding). I leave the micro-amp on all the time and set it to a level that matches the bypass level. Keeps my sound crisp and clear when I play clean.

MXR M-133 Micro Amp Pedal

MXR M-133 Micro Amp Pedal

Next in line is my compressor, which I use when I need long smooth sustain. I have been using the MXR Dyna Comp since the 80's. The first one wore out and I bought a new one. It still rocks.

MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal

MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal

Next comes the distortion pedal. My current favorite is the DigiTech Eric Clapton Crossroads Pedal. I use the sounds "right out of the box".

DigiTech Artist Series XAS-EC Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

DigiTech Artist Series XAS-EC Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

Next comes my volume pedal. Because I use the micro-amp, I use a pedal made for active signals. Currently, I use the Ernie Ball VP Junior 25K Active Volume Pedal.

Ernie Ball VP Junior 25K Active Volume Pedal

Ernie Ball VP Junior 25K Active Volume Pedal

The volume pedal has a tuner out, and I run it to my Fender LX-12.

Fender LX-12 Chromatic Tuner Clear Blue
Fender LX-12 Chromatic Tuner Clear Blue

So I don't have to change batteries, and to avoid the nasty hum you get from 9-volt transformers, I use the Godlyke PA-9 Power-All. It has no transformer, so there is no added hum! It has plenty of adaptors to fit any 9 volt device.

Godlyke PA-9 Power-All Power Supply
Godlyke PA-9 Power-All Power Supply

Don't go cheap on cables. I love these, not just for the vintage look, but because they really are durable and guaranteed. Had them for years with no problems.

Fender Vintage Voltage Instrument Cable Vintage Tweed 10 Foot

Here is a 10 ft cable:
Fender Vintage Voltage Instrument Cable Vintage Tweed 10 Foot

Here is the 18 ft cable:
Fender Vintage Voltage Instrument Cable Vintage Tweed 18 Foot

I need short cables to connect my pedals and the tuner. These come in straight and right angle.


Fender Tone Master Instrument Cable 1 Foot Straight - Straight

Here is a 1 ft cable, Straight - Straight:
Fender Tone Master Instrument Cable 1 Foot Straight - Straight

Here is a 3 Feet Straight - Straight: Fender Tone Master Instrument Cable 3 Feet Straight - Straight

Here is the 6 Inch Right - Right:
Fender Tone Master Patch Cable 6 Inch Right - Right

Here is the 1 Foot Right - Right:
Fender Tone Master Instrument Cable 1 Foot Right - Right

I love this little amp! I keep it in the case with my '69 Telecaster, so I can plug into it and practice while I walk around the house. I use a 3 foot cable to plug into it, and put the amp in my pocket.

Smokey Mini Amp Translucent Blue
Smokey Mini Amp Translucent Blue


You gotta have picks. I am old fashioned and still use the standard shape Fender picks.

Fender 351 Standard Guitar Picks Heavy 1 Dozen
Fender 351 Standard Guitar Picks Heavy 1 Dozen
Fender 351 Standard Guitar Picks Medium 1 Dozen
Fender 351 Standard Guitar Picks Thin 1 Dozen

If your guitar is not in your hands right now, it should be in a stand, waiting for you to practice. It should only be in the case if you are taking it somewhere.

ProLine Guitar Stand Black
ProLine Guitar Stand Black



These are the strings I use on all my electrics:

D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Regular Light Electric Guitar Strings Single

D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Regular Light Electric Guitar Strings Single

Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.World-renowned as "The Player's Choice" among guitar players of all genres and styles. EXL strings are wound with nickel-plated steel, known for it's distinctive bright tone and reduced fret wear. EXL110s are among D'Addario's most popular round-wound, nickel-plated electric guitar strings. D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a string set that's right for you.




These are my standard acoustic strings (might be too heavy for a beginner):

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings Single

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings Single

Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53.These acoustic guitar strings feature a computer-controlled wrapping around a hex core. D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a string set that's right for you.


These are the lighter ones I use on my Ovation 1777 LX:

D'Addario EJ26 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

D'Addario EJ26 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

Gauges: 11-15-22-32-42-52.D'Addario EJ26 Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings employ a genuine phosphor bronze alloy that retains flexibility as well as brilliant tone for many hours of hard play. Computer-controlled wrapping around a hex core ensures consistency and extends life. D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set of strings that's right for your acoustic guitar.


These are the best deals I can find on gear. If you find a better deal on something somewhere else, please Email me at sadewater@hotmail.com so I can post it and share it with everyone.

Here are some video and audio clips of me so you can hear what this gear sounds like.



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