- Digital Audio Workstation: Ableton Live 8, GarageBand ’09
- Audio Interface: Line6 TonePort UX2
- Amp/Cab/Mic/Preamp Simulation software: GearBox 3.x and Pod Farm 2
- MIDI keyboard controller: Akai LPK25
- MIDI foot controller: Behringer FCB1010
- Mic: Sennheiser E825S
- Desktop: Apple iMac (24″, 2.8Ghz, 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive)
- Backups: Seagate Expansion (500GB, USB2) via Time Machine
- Offsite Backups: Backblaze.com
- Fender Jazz Bass Special: my main bass for 20+ years. This one was made in Japan in the early 80s. It’s a great bass and I wouldn’t part with it for anything. It’s on the right in this shot. Here’s me rocking it, back in the day. Fender recently re-issued it as the Duff McKagan P-Bass.
- Fender Jazz Bass Special (fretless): a fretless version of my main bass. I bought this in 1997 (it was built in 1988). It’s in the middle of this shot.
- [Sold:] Carvin LB76: a six-string bass (fretted). There are several shots of it here.
- Squier Telecaster Custom: a cheap-but-good solid-body clone of the more expensive Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe. It plays beautifully and has many very nice sounds.
- 1960s Kay K573 “Speed Demon” semi-hollowbody: an odd beast that a former neighbor of mine found in a dumpster (I’m not kidding). Here’s a picture of it (it’s in the middle).
- 1981 Guild D40C NT acoustic: a joy to play and and one of my main songwriting tools. It’s on the right in this shot.
- 1935 Sears/Harmony Supertone S257 Gene Autry “Old Santa Fe” archtop acoustic. This was my father’s guitar. It’s here, on the left.
- 1940s-50s Harmony soprano ukelele (D-tuned, reentrant). Here is a photoset of it, on Flickr.
These days I’m using effects in Ableton Live and GearBox or Pod Farm for most things, but I still have a few stomp boxes that I sometimes use (especially live):
- Boomerang Phrase Sampler. I use this mostly as a composition tool, but I also sometimes loop lots of things together and then sample the entire thing. It’s a very intuitive looper and a lot of fun to use.
- Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive: for those days when I’m having guitar envy or want a grittier sound. Sounds great on the Tele, too.
Now that I’m using GearBox’s/Pod Farm’s amp and cab simulators, I don’t have much use for amps, outside of playing live. But I have a few around that I can mic when I want:
- Peavey Microbass. Believe it or not, a close mic on this thing gets a great sound for recording without having to get loud.
- Yorkville 400B. Mostly for live gigs and other applications when I need volume. Sounds great. Built to survive a nuclear war. They don’t make this one anymore. In fact, Yorkville has revived the Traynor brand for their bass stuff these days.
- Kustom Arrow 16R. For the electric guitars. Very cheap, very good sound, very easy to record. It has a nice clean and overdrive channel and a good reverb. It’s surprisingly loud.