Guitars of the local musician- part two

Guitars of the local musician- part two

Musicians are strange creatures. They each have their way of doing things and expressing their inner soul. No place is this more expressed than in what type of guitar they play (or maybe boxer/brief). The selection of a guitar can say a lot about a person. What type of music they play, where they have been, what is special to them, how good a kisser they are and their feeling on tone and expression. The guitar can tell you everything about a musician. We contacted a large cross section of local musicians to find out what type of instrument they play. We have their responses below. This is part two-Click here for Part 1

Carissa Johnson

My bass is from '77, its a Fender Precision. My dad used to be in a band and his bassist, Matt Belfiore used this bass when they played out. He had it for a while, and part way through the time I was in my first band, Left Hand Blue, he let me borrow it. I didn't want to play any other bass besides this one after that first time with it, so I asked if I could buy it off of him. He let me and over time it became my own. He now uses a Gibson Thunderbird bass. It has a really deep, full sound, and when it's played out of the right amp (I use an Ampeg) you can really feel it. I use Ernie Ball strings, I switch off between super slinky and regular slinky round wounds.


Lucas Gallo(of JamAntics)

Breedlove Atlas Series - D'addario Medium strings- Love the full sound it puts out plugged and unplugged.

Chris Noyes(of JTW Trio, Dusty Gray)

alrighty my electric bass is a
2014 Reggie Hamilton Custom Shop
i saved like crazy for it, it has been my dream bass (PJ bass with active passive system, big MOP inlays) since i started playing bass
the sound made me fall back in love with the passive P sound( had an active jazz bass for years earlier)
I use Elixer stainless steel mediums


Evan Yarmo(of Badfellows)

I play a G&L Tribute L-2000 from 2004. The Humbuckers give an awesome smooth tone. With an option of active of passive pickups, optional high end EQ boost, and many other knob and switchy things, this bass can give a wide spectrum of tones. I have had this bass for almost ten years, and got it when I decided to become a more serious guitarist. Its been bruised, battered, and beaten, but will still stay in tune for weeks without a single adjustment!

Otto Kinzel IV(of Bluntface Records CEO)

My favorite guitar is my customer Gibson Les Paul. I've had it since my junior year in high school. it was originally ordered by some "well-to-do" guitar player with a customer made color. The local music store in Burlington VT had it on display before he took it home, to advertise the "custom orders" they could do with Gibson. anyways, turns out shortly after he purchased it his wife filed for divorce. so it was back on the market. I knew I really wanted it but it was very expensive, especially for a kid in high school who only had a part time job washing dishes. I worked my ass off to make enough for the deposit, so it didn't get sold out from underneath me. I even made a "donation" at the local sperm bank to earn a few extra $$. It has an incredible naturally bassy sound with really prominent mid-range. I typically play Elixir, .11GA strings. The neck is so smooth and comfortable to play, it made me a Les Paul fan for life!


Chris Peters(of October Sons)

Hey man, definitely. Model and year: I play a 1997 Martin OOOM (triple-O M). STORY: It was my first "Real" guitar. I had been on the hunt for a long time, and was looking for something that didn't just sound good and feel good, but literally fit me. The guitar has an interesting body shape. It's smaller than your typical dreadnaught, but not too small, and it fit my body just as much as it's body fit me. I found it at the Vintage Fret Shop in Ashland. I've been partial to that shop since my Plymouth days. As soon as I played it I knew it was the one. It's the guitar that I write all my songs on, and have played hundreds of shows on it. SOUND: It has a treble sound, but not too bright. And despite it's mahogany frame, still manages to have a nice bass resonance. STRINGS: Elixir light gauge

Luke Mallett(of The Mallett Brothers Band)

Currently playing a 1983 guild D16. A friend of ours was helping someone sell off a collection, and this one jumped out. Hardly played, not a scratch on it. It's a work horse, heavy and loud, with a neck that plays like a D18. Digging the D'addario bluegrass gauge lately.

Carleton Page

My main guitar for about the last 8 years has been this 2007 Fender hot Rod 52 Telecaster. I have played it thousands of hours and it is awesome. I received it as a gift from my entire family, who all pitched in to buy it for me for my 30th birthday. Actually they bought me an awesome Telecaster deluxe, but I had played this one and fell in love with it. So they gave me consent to swap it for this one. It came from Strings and Things where I have proudly and happily taught guitar lessons for 15 years. I have a few other great guitars that I love (including a 1997 Heritage H-535 that I bought at String and Things when I was 20 that rules and I will have it 'till I die). I can really get a ton of tones out this guitar, it plays awesome,it is tough as nails and it just does everything I need it to. Strings are D'addario lights, lately the pure nickel ones, which sound a little warmer.

Matthew Poirier

I play a Collings "CJ Series" short scale acoustic. The top is German spruce and the back & sides are Indian rosewood. It's the Collings version of the classic Dreadnaught but with a much different tone...... This guitar is built for bass and that's why I love it. It's all about the percussive bottom end! Collings are hand built in Austin, Texas. It was bought for me by my father and is my prized possession. We found it at the Guitar Emporium in Lexington, MA. I've been playing it since 2007. I use medium gauge strings; typically Martins but have tried most of em.


Noah Brochu(of Them In The Hive)

I play a shitty Chinese made fender strat with a humbucker on the bridge.. The volume for each pickup is different, the pots are scratchy and there's a bunch of dings.... I've dropped it more times than I can count and there's an 1/8 inch later of dust under the strings...

Mary Fagan

1994 Martin M38
The short story is bought it new in Colorado in January of 1995. The long story is too long!
It lacks a boomy bass sound but has a clarity that lets it cut through noise and really be heard. Jazz and bluegrass players love it.
D'Addario Medium gage.


Hank Osborne

...all I can remember is that sometime in 1980, I put down $300 to reserve a 200-year old piece of German Sitka spruce for the top...according to Frog (he wrote it on the label inside) it took 757 days to finish dribbling money to him and have it finally in my hands. Course in those days a solo act only got a hundred bucks a gig... I was 27 when I first started talking to Michael aka the frog and I had been playing about 10 years but I really didn't know anything about guitars or music for that matter. Sad fact is all this time later and I still don't know much about guitars so I can't really tell you what kind of guitar my frog is but I can tell you that it was the best investment I ever made and it has shaped me as a musician, as I shaped it as a guitar just by talking to and playing for frog in those early days.

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