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

Other strings: 

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.

telecaster guitar gear

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

Otherwise stock

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

acoustic guitar

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"

70's Tribute

No Modifications

double cut electric guitar

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

acoustic guitar gear

Martin OMCPA3

Guitar name: "Martin"

Fishman Aura system (stock)

FU-tone Titanium Bridge Pins

Flaxwood 2HM Hybrid Prototype

Guitar name: "Crooked"

No Modifications

Stock Seymour Duncan pickups
(Jazz neck and Jazz bridge)

Godin Multiac Nylon Encore

Guitar name: "Fragile"

No Modifications

Breedlove Passport C250/CMe-T

Guitar name: "Happy"

No Modifications

Godin Multiuke

Guitar name: "Q-T"

No Modifications

5 string bass electric

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

No Modifications

mesa boogie engineering recto verb 25 guitar amp

Mesa Engineering Rectoverb 25 Head

Mesa/Boogie 1x12 Mini Recto Straight Cabinet

mesa engineering boogie f-series 30 gear guitar amplifier

Mesa/Boogie F-30 Combo