LAG Hyvibe 30 THV30ACE Smart Guitar

The THV30DCE is an auditorium style acoustic cutaway guitar that features a top carved out of a specially selected bearclaw spruce, a deep hued Bocote body, a slim neck profile, and blackwood fingerboard. This is the main guitar I now use for live gigs.  What makes the guitar “smart” is the onboard system that creates sonic effects using the top of the guitar like a speaker woofer to amplify and modify the guitar sounds without being plugged in. Simply put, the guitar can be played acoustically with effects like reverb, delay, tremallo, chorus, even distortion, and a built-in looper. Learn more …

Lava ME3

Probably the most interesting guitar I use is the Lava ME3. It is a carbon fiber guitar with incredible onboard electronics and effects. It’s a hard guitar to explain because it’s like it has a smart phone built into the guitar. It connects wirelessly to a community of guitarists who upload their recordings and loops that can be downloaded directly to the guitar. There are dozens of interesting effects that modify the sound of the guitar unplugged. This is a great guitar for creativity and songwriting. It is aso my preferred travel guitar because of its size and durability.
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Guild D-35 SB-Ant

I have had this Guild acoustic guitar since 1980. It has a great, warm sound because of the solid spruce top and mahogany sides and back.  Guild guitars from this period represent some of the best acoustics coming out of the USA at that time. It has a piezo Bascus-Berry pickup, but usually I mic it or use it in unplugged settings. The pickup is passive so when used through the PA it needs a preamp to boost the signal to get a decent sound.

Epiphone ES-339 Pro

My cherry ES-339 is designed like the larger ES-335, but in a slightly smaller, lighter instrument. The hand-rolled C-shaped mahogany neck has a great feel. A pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers create the smooth mellow tone of a jazz instrument. Pulling out the volume knobs activates the coil-tapping feature, turning the pickups into single-coil to get a sound closer to a strat. It is my go-to electric guitar because of its versatility.

Fender Champ 12

Great little 2-channel tube amp with footswitch. I have had it for 40 years. Pairs nicely with the ES-339.

Epiphone Dove

The Epiphone Dove was gifted to me by the good folks at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church after I worked with them for 15 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a bright and responsive guitar, with good electronics. For gigs, I usually keep it tuned to open-G for the songs I play with that tuning (Boots or Hearts, Penny for Your Thoughts, Both Sides Now, Longer, etc)


I traded in my two Bose PA systems for a JBL EON ONE MK2: a portable, battery-powered, linear-array PA system with a 10″ subwoofer, and 8 x 2″ tweeter array. It delivers up to six hours of play time so I can take my performances with up to 119 dB of sound to places where there is no readily available power supply. Like the Bose, the system sits behind me with no feedback, so there is no need for monitors. There are 6 inputs including bluetooth, so others can join me without the need for an additional mixer. 

TC Helicon PlayAcoustic

The Play Acoustic uses my voice matched with the chords I am playing through it to create perfect backing harmonies according to the settings I select for both voice timbre and pitch. It also contains a looper for looping both guitar and voice. It really expands my sound as a solo performer. Learn more …