• Roland® GP-100 preamp/processor (for amplifying guitar strings).
  • Sans Amp® PSA-1 preamp (for amplifying bass strings).
  • 600 Watt Stereo Power amp and PA cabinets by Carvin®
  • Roland KC-100 Amplifier, for sound reenforcement in smaller venues, and also a great practice/rehearsal amp.
  • Line 6 POD - my pre-amp for the 8 string guitars.  It does a nice job from low to high in one unit.
  • Sans Amp GT-2, I used this for all the distortion on Cinema Inferno, I am also finding that it is a great pre-amp for the 8 string ADG. I also have a SansAmp TRI-OD that I don't use very much any more, but it has great distortion.
  • Mbira instruments made by Fraderick Mujuru of Harare, Zimbabwe (Nyamaropa, Gandanga, and Dambotsoko tunings)
  • Deze made by the "deze man" Syed Ahmad... wherever he is these days...
  • Gear FAQ

    I get questions like this all the time, especially about the ADG.  To save some e-mail typing I'll write about it here:

    Q:  How does the ADG compare to (insert brand here) tapping instruement?

    A:  It's like this.  It's really not safe for me to make comparisons of the ADG with instruments from other manufacturers, for a lot of reasons.  I don't know what kind of music you want to make, what sound you expect, etc.  Furthermore, some of these manufacturers have two or three models with different tonal options, which I may not familiar with, though I played one very well known tapping instrument from 1993 until 1998 on many many gigs.  I don't play that one anymore.  But what I will say is that the  ADG is my first choice when I take the concert stage, it has a great, solid fundamental tone, and I find it to be the most comfortable tapping instrument to play of all of them (bar none), especially, in the case of the 10 string, with the Slider strap.  I think that the biggest advantage Warr guitars have over ADG's is that Warrs have a number of great tones (through pickup selection switch, tone controls, etc.) while the ADG has one great tone, which you can effect, distort, etc., with your amp rig.  I also find the simplicity of design a bonus in the ADG.  Sometimes less is more.  SInce ADG and Warr come from the same shop, you know the ADG's are made to a high standard, but with a more basic design, compared to their Warr cousins.

    Q:  What Tone Woods do you prefer?

    A:  It depends.  Maple and Swamp Ash are a great combination in a guitar.  Both my 8 strings have this set up.  It is bright with a really clear bass sound.  This is a modern bass tone and a guitar tone that cuts when clean.   This is 'old-school' guitar technology, proven through decades of electric axe construction, but it is tried and true.  I also have the all-mahogany ADG.  The distortion on this baby is awesome, for that over the top, midrangey, mellow, Santana/Fripp/Anastasio sound.  Infinite feedback, with the speakers cranked, is a real joy on this instrument.  The bass is also mellow, and great with tube amps for a 60's sound (Phil Lesh, Jack Cassady, etc.).  This might not be ideal for a modern bass tone, but I like it for old school rock.  I think that the Bartolini pickups contribute a lot to the distnictive sound of all Warr/ADG's.  The next time I go into the studio I am looking forward to blending different sounding tap guitars on record, for a true tapping TONE experience.

    Q:  How about active circuitry?  Neck Through?

    A:  I think that passive circuitry is better for distortion, and active is better for clean.  That's just my opinion, and others may differ (many have the exact opposite view!).  When distorted, I like the way the tone of passive pickups break down a bit  under the weight, while an active pickup seems more compressed.  For that matter, I find that the overall dynamics are a bit wider and under the control of my fingers with the ADG passive circuitry... but sometimes I wish the signal had a bit more gain.  Anyway remember that your sound is still in your hands so don't go making excuses "I'd sound better if only I had a ..." (thats a message to my students!).  I don't think 'neck through' makes too much differnece.  My bolt on ADG 8 has the best sustain I have ever heard in a tap instrument.  If you want more sustain, try heavier strings.  Those neck through laminated stripes sure look cool, though :).  

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