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Chris is a known-enthusiast of guitars. After spending his first professional decade using one primary guitar - a 1988 cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard (which was stolen after a gig in Austin, and sadly, never recovered) - he has since owned and played a wide variety of guitars, keyboards, and other stringed and percussion instruments. Below is a sampling of what he's used over the years:


1988-1997: Gibson Les Paul (stolen in Nov 1997 in Austin, TX)

1998-2008: Gibson ES-335, Fender Thinline Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul Custom

2008-2012: Gibson Les Paul, Gretsch Country Classic Jr. 

2013-2015: Duesenberg Starplayer Custom

2015-present: too many to mention…including but not limited to:

  • DUESENBERG: Starplayer Custom, Starplayer TV, Starplayer TV+, Fullerton Elite

  • FENDER: Telecaster (many, including USA Texas Special, Thinline ’69, Japan Hybrid 50’s, Nashville B-Bender), Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass

  • GIBSON: Les Paul standard, Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Deluxe, SG, ES-345, ES-335, ES-135, ES-339

  • GRETSCH: Country Classic Jr., Country Gentleman, Player’s Edition White Falcon, Silver Jet, Electromatic Lap Steel, Baritone

  • RICKENBACKER: 360-12, 330, 4003 Bass

  • DANELECTRO: 6/12 doubleneck, 59M-NOS

  • CARTER: “Carter Starter” pedal steel


2002-present: CH’s primary acoustic guitar has been a mid-90’s Takamine Santa Fe model, gifted from Olospo bassist Nick Ramirez in Oct 2002.  (A.K.A. “The Tak”)

2010-present: Martin HD-28, Martin Custom X 12-string, Martin D12-20 12-string, Martin GPC-PA4, Breedlove 12-string, Pledger OM, Gibson Country Western/Southern Jumbo Natural, Gibson J-50


90’s: Marshall JCM-800, Roland Jazz Chorus

1999-2002: Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

2003-2017: Fender Hot Rod DeVille

2012-2015: Vox AC-15

2017-2019: Magnatone Panoramic Stereo, Fender ’59 Bassman

2020-present: Magnatone Stereo Twilighter, Fender ’59 Bassman

2022-present (with Dirty Knobs): Fender Princeton Reverb, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Magnatone Varsity Reverb, Magnatone Panoramic Stereo


1997-1999: Ensoniq TS-12

1999-2004: Yamaha S-80

1999-present: Sequential Circuits Six Trak synthesizer

2004-present: Yamaha S-90, Yamaha S-90 ES

2019-present: Hammond A-102 organ


  • Gretsch five-string banjo

  • Hohner blues harps (in every key)

  • Gretsch USA Custom red sparkle drum kit

  • Kala Ukulele

  • Bently acoustic mandolin

  • Breedlove electric/acoustic mandolin

  • Gretsch resonator 

  • Dobro squareneck resonator


Beginning in 2020 with the All-Request Thursday series, Chris started experimenting with loop stations, initially using single-track Boss RC-1 units, but soon expanding to a much more complex setup, utilizing multiple RC-300 stations linked together, in order to create "loop symphonies" with stacked guitars, basses, keyboards, vocals, drums and other percussion. 


A self-confessed "Hoarder Of Pedals," Chris also maintains multiple pedal boards for various projects, and has "too many different pedals to remember, or even begin trying to count or categorize."

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