I Believe in Artists Relationships
These companies strive to build the best instruments, amps, pickups, and strings that can be made. I strive to create the highest quality of music possible with these tools. We need each other to make this happen, to compliment the other’s work, and to support each other’s creative passion. Below are some of the music companies that I have been working with throughout my career and that I highly recommend.
Seymour Duncan Pickups | I have been a longtime fan of Seymour Duncan pickups. Seymour and I were introduced many years ago at the NAMM show by my guitar tech, Norik Renson, When I first met Seymour it was amazing to me to meet the person whose name was on my pickups. He loves music as much as I do and has been a major influence on the evolution of electric guitar tone since 1978. I am proud to be one of their endorsees.
D’Addario/Planet Waves | D’Addario makes strings for just about every stringed instrument I play. I consider them my one-stop for guitar strings. I also appreciate that they switched to “environmentally friendly” packaging… thanks to their literally thinking outside the box. With the addition of Planets Waves cables and accessories… what more would a guitar player possibly need?
Mesa Boogie Amps | My first world tour was as the guitarist for Billy Preston in 1981. When we returned from Europe I bought my first Boogie amp. I’ve been an endorsee ever since. Their amps are versatile, reliable, and sound amazing!
Taylor Guitars | I have never played a bad Taylor… which I suppose means, that none exist. These guitars simply sound great! I have used them live, in the studio, and on television. They travel well and stay in tune. Plus, they are beautiful to look at. It’s like dating a supermodel… with brains.
IK Multimedia | My friend Ricky Lawson, drummer extraordinaire, introduced me to the IKMultimedia family at NAMM a few years ago and I was blown away. Their “Virtual Instruments” have become my main sound library source. And if that’s not enough…Classik Studio Reverb, T-Racks, and AmpliTube all ROCK!
MOTU | I used Performer on my first album “Bimini” in 1988 and have not looked back. Digital Performer’s technology continues to be cutting edge and, more importantly, sounds wonderful. Quite simply… it works.
Rick Turner | Rick Turner has been a friend of mine for many years. Rick is one of the finest instrument builders I have met. I think he’s a genius… but since I’m not in Mensa I’m not sure if I’m qualified to say. He built my Baritone acoustic guitar as well as my Nylon Renaissance. I also had the EXTREME pleasure of playing his own personal Renaissance Model One electric guitar on tour last year. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a big fan!
Alesis | When I was invited to join Keb’ Mo’s band, as a guest multi-instrumentalist, I needed a small reliable keyboard. Alesis’s instruments sounded good, out of the box, plus we were able to customize our sounds to fit the unique style of music being played. By the way, if you haven’t checked out Keb’ Mo’s music you don’t know what your missing.
Artists Relations | Randy Fuchs started this wonderful company based in Miami, the town I was born and raised in. If you need to outfit your tour or studio he is a great resource! They also provide helpful travel information on their website for Currency Conversion, Metric Conversion, Laundry Symbols, Passport Information, and so much more.
The Cousteau Society | The Cousteau Society is a membership-supported, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for present and future generations.I joined when I was 15. You might want to also.
Gibson Guitars | I have a long relationship with Gibson guitars. I started working with them in the late 80’s and continue to work with them in the touring and television world. Mike McGuire, from the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, has been a long time friend (since the Valley Arts Custom Shop days). I currently work with Peter Leinheiser who is probably the best Artist Relations person that Gibson has ever had! I have appeared on camera in multiple episodes of Desperate Housewives and Cavemen playing some beautiful Gibson guitars. My touring instruments also include a Gibson F-5 mandolin, ES-135 guitar, and Epiphone Casino.
Moog | I had the pleasure of hearing a private demonstration of the Moog effects pedals and was amazed at the sound quality. These pedals create sounds that you won’t find anywhere else. They are easy to program and built like a tank. In addition to that they just sound… well, expensive.
Renson Guitars (These guys are so cool they don’t need a website) | Norik Renson and Brett Sandberg at Renson Guitars have been taking care of my instruments since 1981. They continue to teach me about guitars, gear, and hockey every time I have a chance to visit their shop in North Hollywood, California. If you live in Los Angeles take your favorite guitar there. If you live someplace else… then get on a plane and stick your guitar in overhead. There is nothing they can’t fix! 818 761-4766
Lena Ringstad | Lena is one of Sweden’s finest imports to America. Her talents as a photographer and graphic designer are second to none. For an example of her exquisite work go to www.terrywollman.com or better yet check out www.lenaringstad.com. Plus she can cook!