Guild "Artist Award" bought it new in 1994. Beautiful Carved top acoustic arch top with a floating Benedetto P/U (I have the original Guild P/U and guard).
Fender Jazz Bass. Just in case!
Gretch Catalina Club 18" bass drum. 12 and 14" toms. 5x14 snare. 22" Sabian Manhatten jazz ride with 2 rivets, a 20" Sabian Hand Hammered medium Ride. a Paiste 14" fast Crash and 14" Zildjian K hi-hats. Drummers love it when they can come to a rehearsal not set anything up and play on good stuff.
Heritage Kenny Burrell Groovemaster
Made for me in early 2017. 24 3/4" scale.
16" bout, 2 3/4" deep. Great comfortable player.
Benedetto Bravo built in 2008. Opulent Brown. The 25" scale and 1 3/4" nut, gives it some room on the fretboard, great Jazz guitar, play it all the time
Run the guitars through this. Lower left is a bypass switcher from LoopMaster. Most of the time the guitar is running through the middle channel which is just a TC Electronic HOF mini reverb preceded by a TC mini tuner. So there is little interference between guitar and amp. The right side is goes only through a Cry baby mini wah. These mini wah's are great, take up little space and sound great, super vintage. The left looper switch, goes through a Boss CS-2 compressor, then the Ibanez Tube Screamer, The Boss Super Chorus, finally the TC Flashback Delay. The Boss Pedal FS- 5U. Goes to the reverb on the Yamaha 600i stagepass, which is what we use for the vocal when we do our own sound. It's a pretty cool setup, with Mogami Platinum cable. Just throw it in the Pedal Train case and off you go.
Lately I have pared this down to just a tuner and the Flashback. Keeping it simple for Jazz. But if needed, the big board is still intact for variety of effects.
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This little Quilter Micro-Pro Mach II 8 is amazing! At 19 lbs. and 15 " high, it sounds like great big tube amp and with such versatility I haven't scratched the surface of what it can do. But just turn it on, set it straight up, and you have a great Jazz tone, warm and clean. It's my go-to right now.
The Wes Montgomery L-5. In Butterscotch Burst. Built in December 1999. Quite possibly the last L-5 produced in the 20th Century. A Custom Color, that up to that point, Gibson said it was the only L-5 ever produced in the finish. It plays and sounds great. The quintessential Jazz guitar.
Polytone Mini-Brute II 12" speaker. Good enough for Joe Pass, Good enough for me.
Jose Ramirez 2CWE made in Spain in 2000. Great for Bossa's. It's got a little smaller fingerboard than a true classical guitar, and a Fishman pickup inside.
Gibson 335 Dot '59 Re-issue. Built in 1994.
Gibson L-5S, built in 1974. Had it since '79
The road warrior, traveled all over the country with this, playing R&R and grinding out a living.
These are rare guitars, very heavy, make a LP seem light. Don't play it much anymore, but it's never going away!
Fender Deluxe '65 Re-issue. Classic tube sound. It's awesome and pretty easy to transport around.
I just switched to Thomastik George Benson Flat wounds 55 -14's. Big Strings, Big sound.
I was using Thomastik Swing series with a 12 on top but these 14's play just as nice and sound great! They are expensive but they last a long time, worth the money. I think Wes played a 14 on top. didn't slow him down did it. :)
This is the predal rig I've been using lately. Smaller and minimalist for Jazz.