On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
I know there are quite a few guitarists out there (Hi Amir) so here are what I think will be keepers. We’ll leave out the Jazz bass, square neck dobro and lap steel as they are not currently in use.
I started playing in 1961 and have had quite a few instruments pass through my hands. I can now afford more upscale guitars so here are my current 4.
I’ll be around at 10am if anyone has any questions.
Anderson Little Archie archtop. Steve Anderson is a solo luthier in Seattle who builds some incredible archtops. He personally picks out the wood, ME and WA maple and WA spruce in this case. He also casts the tail pieces etc. I use this for the older jazz/blues I play with my 85 yo fiddler friend.
Back of Little Archie.
Walker Custom Ruby Elite. John Walker was the head of Gibson’s Bozeman Custom Shop. He does some of the best sunbursts I’ve seen. This is my second Walker and it’s interesting touring his shop about 3 hours from me.
This is another Maple- I prefer Maple to Rosewood- with custom inlays and tuners. Big but nuanced sound.
Back of Ruby Elite
Heritage H 530 (new). This is a true hollow body and I love the combination of that and the P 90s. It can go from Jazz to rock to country.
The telebeast. The others are scapals, this is truly an axe, probably stone. Parts tele with tapped Lindy Fralin PAF type in neck, Joe Barden Neck. For when I want to get loud and distorted.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour, I always like looking at different instruments.