Don Grosh builds some of the most criminally under-known and appreciated guitars out there. Meticulous in detail, Grosh guitars have the best fit and finish I’ve ever seen. That comes out in their voice- my Electrajet rings like a bell. Brilliant.
Seymour Duncan makes all the pickups that just sound ‘right’ to me and they make a TON of fantastic sounding models for every type of player out there. I personally use the Antiquity series in a ton of my guitars and the Seth Lover and ’59 model humbuckers in others.
Killer amps from an amazing designer (who also happens to be one of my favorite people). They all sound killer on every setting. I use an RCA35 and it’s like the best Bassman head you’ve ever heard with some extra useful modern features.
If you love vintage Hiwatt tone, the ONLY people delivering it today are the good folks at HiTone. I use a DR HT30/15 and it’s awesome. Incredible presence, headroom, and authority.
The best, most affordable, no-nonsense speaker cabinets out there from a true family owned and operated business. They make models for all combinations of speakers in closed and open back designs for guitar or bass and with a myriad of tolex and grill options. They also stock a huge variety of speakers and you can get your cabinet with any mix of them you want. I have several of their cabs that I’ve used exclusively for years. Bonus- they also make some KILLER amps. Give the 45 watt head a go.
Who ISN’T a fan of Fender guitars? Their classic designs are responsible for a ridiculous percentage of all our favorite tones on all our favorite albums. I love all the classic designs but a personal favorite of mine is the Road Worn series- I use my Road Worn 50’s Tele constantly.
Fender amps- what can be said? I’ve used them as long as I can remember. 60’s Bassman heads can’t be beat for the money, Pro Juniors sound insanely great for dirt cheap, ANY Deluxe rules… Princetons… Champs… Yeah… They’re all great.
Taylor is an incredible company- the consistency, quality, and value are all top notch. If you’ve always loved them, they’re only getting better. If you weren’t a fan before, PLEASE try them again since Andy Powers came on board and redesigned the whole line. I use a newer 810 and it’s absolutely magic. The new pickup system can’t be beat, either.
PRS are some of the best made guitars on the planet. They play like a dream, intonate beautifully, stay in tune, etc, etc. I use a Starla and a modified JA-15 that are both incredible. I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of their pickups so I change those out but that’s just a matter of personal preference. I absolutely love their guitars and every company employee I’ve ever met.