David’s Gear

Ron Phillips Guitar

Ron Phillips Guitar

  Small Parlor Guitar: “This is the smaller of the two parlor guitars I offer. The guitar body is made from German Silver and has a lower bout dimension of 11 1/4″. This guitar weighs about three pounds less the a conventional resonator guitar, with far improved sustain and bass response. This is the most […]

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Aaron Morris Custom Guitar built 2011

Aaron Morris Custom Guitar

This guitar was finished in 2011 by Thomasville, NC builder Aaron Morris. I was looking for a guitar that would sound richly acoustic in large sound systems. This small bodied guitar has a very even tone and a great neck. (And it fits in the overhead luggage compartments). Aaron installed an L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup which seems to capture the finely balanced tone of this small bodied guitar.

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Deering Banjo

This is a custom made 5 string Deering Banjo that I designed for a specific sound I wanted. It has a 4″ deep pot and a wooden tone ring. This gives it a bright but mellow, woody sound, perfect for playing my style of clawhammer banjo.

The signatures on the inside are from some of my banjo heroes that I have worked with over the years: Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Pete Seeger, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Tommy Jarrell, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Wade Mainer and John Hartford.

Learn to play the banjo with my instructional videos:
Get Started on 5-String Banjo
Clawhammer 1 Repertoire and Technique
Clawhammer Banjo 2

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National Steel Guitar

On the road I carry a National Resorocket guitar built in 2004. This is a newer model using some of the best ideas from the National guitars from the 1920s and 30s. It is a steel body, single cone guitar. The sound is a great blend of beauty and bite. http://www.nationalguitars.com/

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L-00 style guitar built by James Burkett

Built by James Burkett of Dothan, Alabama. It is a copy of a Gibson L-00 with the addition of a cutaway. It is a great instrument for fingerstyle playing with the addition of the Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking pickup.

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