Norm's Guitar Gear
Like many guitar players, I am afflicted with G.A.S. -- Guitar Aquisition Syndrome!
Many guitars and amps have come and gone over the many years I've
some of which I regret selling and others I regret that I
ever bought. This is my current collection.
My archtop guitar is a Heritage Sweet 16 (named for the 16-inch
wide body) that I had custom made for me in 2003. It is a wonderful
instrument and my regular guitar for jazz gigs.
My two nylon string guitars are, on the right,
a Takamine C136S
that I bought new in 1983,
and a 2000 Godin electric classical. The Takamine
is particularly dear to me
because I accidently left it
at a train station in Germany just weeks
bought it, but it was found and returned to me a few
hours later -- I happily paid to have it placed on the
to where I was staying!
My acoustic steel string guitars, from left to right: (1) 1969 Airline, which I got
from Montgomery Ward when I was a high school freshman and absolutely
played the heck out of it for many years; (2) 1995 Taylor 810, a fantastic guitar that
keeps sounding better and better with age; (3) 2001 Taylor 412CE that has a
smaller body shape that is great for fingerpicking; (4) Orpheum "parlor guitar"
made in New York City ca.1930, which was given to me by my dear friend,
guitarist Tom Gestwicki.
My solid body guitars (left to right): (1) 1999 Fender Telecaster,
a big surprise birthday present from my wonderful wife, Charlotte.
I substituted a Gibson humbucking pickup in the neck position,
which adds to the versatility of this great
axe; (2) 1969 Fender
Jazz Bass that I bought used in 1973 (for $125!) ; (3) Fender
"Stratimposter," a Fender Stratocaster neck on an Asian import
body; (4) Airline guitar, my first electric guitar, that my parents gave
me for Christmas in 1969. The neck is stamped with a "1966"
manufacture date. It also saw a lot of playing when I was a kid.
Acoustic Image Coda R III amplifier. For years I
resisted buying a high-end (meaning expensive) jazz amp
but this one stole my heart when I tried it out.
clean sound, tiny size and weight, and surprising power
(400 watts!). The
bass speaker actually points toward the
Peavey Transtube Studio Pro. This is a versatile amp that is
dependable and a real bargain.
ElectroHarmonix Freedom amp. This is a rechargeable
charmer that I've used several times for
small gigs. Another gift from my
wife who thought the wood matched the Telecaster she bought me, and
that it was "cute."
Ampeg B100R bass amp.
A cool solid state amp with a vintage tube sound.
As my guitar collection has grown I have been encouraged to curb my G.A.S.
tendencies. However, I am still allowed to buy guitar ties! These are part of my
standard gig attire.
Last but not least, my
custom guitar stool! This is a $25 stool from Target with JC
motorcycle folding footrests attached. The footrests are at different heights for the traditional
guitar position and for the classical guitar position. I got
the idea from jazz guitar virtuoso
John Stowell who I had the privilege to meet when he performed at a friend's home.