One of my favorite jobs is modifying a players’ favorite old buddy. Maybe it’s their first guitar or the one they received as a special gift. Frequently, the instrument in question is not of the finest components. Always, though, there exists an emotional connection. This guitar is one the owner would never consider liquidating.
I build and repair guitars and basses professionally, and I’ve also played guitar in a number of bands over the years. If your instrument is difficult to play or you want to hotrod your favorite guitar, this is where I can help. And from time to time, I will be sharing tips for getting the sound that you want to hear out of your gear or alerting you to new toys that I find irresistible.
Ah, the quest for tone. I imagine that sooner or later, every musician desires to possess a sound that flows with the sweet feeling of inspiration. Eric Johnson is a long-tenured seeker who has certainly reaped the sonic rewards of his efforts. He recently took a moment with me to discuss the gear he is using as he tours in support of his 2010 release, Up Close.