This is Jose's gear page
All guitars are fitted with Dunlop strap lock systems.
Jose prefers Seymour Duncan pickups.
Electric guitars are normally in E-flat standard
E-flat, A-flat, D-flat, G-flat, B-flat, E-flat (low to high)
E standard (E-A-D-G-B-E) when using 10's on electric guitars.
Acoustic guitars are always in E standard.
Ukuleles are tuned in standard with low G.
Main Electric guitar strings:
Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing 11's or 12's
D'addario Half Round 12's
Rotosound Roto Yellow (10's) or Roto Red (11's)
Acoustic Guitar strings:
Thomastik-Infeld Plectrum 11's or 12's
Dunlop Ultex Jazz III 2.0 mm and Primetone Jazz III 1.4 mm picks
Jose uses various straps, pedals, and cables. All cables have Neutrik plugs. He prefers leather straps. His favorite strap is a Levy's Leathers guitar strap which he bought in Boston in 1998 when he began his studies at Berklee.
Tokai Breezysound ATE-MC1
(1990's Made in Japan)
Guitar Name: "Brownie"
Stock p-90 pickup and Dimarzio Chopper
(current pickups not in photo above)
RS Guitarworks Compensated Steel Saddles
Tokai Goldstar Sound
(Late '90s Made in Korea)
Guitar name: "F#m7sus4"
Bridge pickup Seymour Duncan Little '59 Strat
Wilkinson WVPCR Trem System
Otherwise all original
2012 Fender Vintage 52 Reissue Telecaster
Guitar Name: "Blondie"
RS Guitarworks Compensated Brass Saddles
Epiphone ES-339 Pro
Guitar name: "Wedding Guitar"
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
Limited Joe Bonamassa Pickup Set
Custom 50's 335 wiring harness
Bone nut upgrade
Maton EMD-6 "Diesel Special"
Guitar name: "Diesel"
Tusq PP-2000-00 Bridge Pins
Stock Maton Electronics
2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio
Guitar Name: "46&2"
1981 Ibanez AR-50
Guitar name: "First Wife"
Modified Several Times - Main XYgoatZ Guitar
Seymour Duncan Sentient in the neck and Antiquity Bridge pickup in the bridge
Bone nut - Schaller Locking Tuners
Guitar name: "Martin"
Fishman Aura system (stock)
FU-tone Titanium Bridge Pins
Flaxwood 2HM Hybrid Prototype
Guitar name: "Crooked"
Stock Seymour Duncan pickups
(Jazz neck and Jazz bridge)
Godin Multiac Nylon Encore
Guitar name: "Fragile"
Breedlove Passport C250/CMe-T
Guitar name: "Happy"
Guitar name: "Q-T"
Yamaha RBX755A Bass
Bone Nut Upgrade
No Other Modifications
Roland Cube Street
Pedalboard for a jazz project. Only clean tones.
Yamaha RBX270F Fretless Bass
D'addario Flatwound Strings
Mesa Engineering Rectoverb 25 Head
Mesa/Boogie 1x12 Mini Recto Straight Cabinet