Guitars

Guitars I use:

1977 Guild D-35 (steel string)  Bought new.  Not the top of the line, but I really got lucky with this one.  Exceptionally bright tone, good sustain, really sings in open tunings.  I use this exclusively for anything in Open G, especially stuff by Leo Kottke.  Mahogany back and sides.

 

1965 A. Solar Gonzales classical (Madrid)  I bought this from Fusco sometime in the early 80s.  He bought it new in Spain.  Wonderful instrument, though it is starting to show its age a bit.  Palo Santo (lit., "holy wood") back and sides - probably Indian Rosewood.  Ebony fretboard.  Finegrain spruce top.

 

1969 Taurus Flamenco (Barcelona)  Great flamenco guitar with Spanish cypress backs & sides, not sure of the top.  Ebony fretboard and tuning pegs.  I think Fusco got this in New York; I bought it from him in the late 70s.

 

1967 Andres Martin Flamenco (Madrid).  Very interesting guitar.  Has that punchy sound characteristic of the standard flamenco instrument, but with a little more warmth and enormous volume and resonance.  Really works well with Latin music, especially bossa nova stuff.  I recorded "Paisaje Incaico" (see the In Progress page) with this.

 

2012 John Baxendale OM (Steel String) When I started looking for a new steel string (the trusty old Guild is also starting to show its age a bit), I thought I might get a Martin or maybe a Taylor.  But I was living in Colorado at the time, and John Baxendale of the Colorado Guitar Company had worked on some of my guitars.  I told him I was looking, and asked about his instruments.  I was hooked at first playing.  This OM he made has everything I want in a guitar:  responsiveness, tone, sustain, and great overtones (upper partials).  Wonderful instrument.  Don't have anything recorded yet with this to show it off but I'm working on a modified version of "The Twins" by Jim Earp and that will probably be the first. 

News & Views

Good Touch is available through CDBaby.  See the Music page for more info and song samples.

 

8/26/16:  Guitar music featured during dinner hours for the 8th annual Mountain Resource Center Bowls event on Tuesday, October 18th. 


8/27/14:  Good Touch accepted by Pandora for inclusion in the Music Genome Project.  See the press release page for more information.

8/10/14:  Incomprehensible lyrics to 60's hit Along Comes Mary linked to Mayan hieroglyphs...see Blog for more...

7/1/14:  Audio pages updated to allow streaming of all songs from Good Touch in full.

6/7/14:  New blog entry describing recent experience with ArtistPR.com - scam, or legitimate service?  

4/1/14:  Radio Guitar  chooses "Mine/Her Dance" from Good Touch for their New Tracks playlist.