Gear Page

This is a page that may be of no interest to some folks, as it is about musical equipment (just play, man!). But to those "gearheads" out there (like me), this will serve as a humble explanation of the guitars, amps, and effects used on Fortune Morning. So, for those of you still with me, here goes.

 
This is my 1956 reissue Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Time Machine Relic (whew!). Unlike the days when we tried to take care of our instruments, this guitar looks like it was dragged behind a bus brand new. I don't get it, but it has that old feel and plays and sounds great. I used it on "The Torch", "Fortune Morning" lead, "She's in the Garden" rhythm, "Try Me", "Love of a Thousand Days" and "Take a Little Time." Also on the treble lead on "Ball and Chain."

This is my 1956 reissue Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Time Machine Relic (whew!). Unlike the days when we tried to take care of our instruments, this guitar looks like it was dragged behind a bus brand new. I don't get it, but it has that old feel and plays and sounds great. I used it on "The Torch", "Fortune Morning" lead, "She's in the Garden" rhythm, "Try Me", "Love of a Thousand Days" and "Take a Little Time." Also on the treble lead on "Ball and Chain."

This is my 1958 reissue Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul. It has a nice fat neck and great classic tone. I used it on "Rain Girl", "Round and Round" lead, "I'm Ready", "She's in the Garden" leads, "Color of Blue", and "Ball and Chain."

This is my 1958 reissue Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul. It has a nice fat neck and great classic tone. I used it on "Rain Girl", "Round and Round" lead, "I'm Ready", "She's in the Garden" leads, "Color of Blue", and "Ball and Chain."

This is my 1980(?) Takamine jumbo flat top accoustic. I bought this from Gary Heard back in the Lone Star Studio days. It is a clone of the Guild jumbo of the same era. It has a very nice big sound and I used it on "The Torch", "Fortune Morning" bridge, and "Take a Little Time."

This is my 1980(?) Takamine jumbo flat top accoustic. I bought this from Gary Heard back in the Lone Star Studio days. It is a clone of the Guild jumbo of the same era. It has a very nice big sound and I used it on "The Torch", "Fortune Morning" bridge, and "Take a Little Time."

This is my mid-sixties Hofner Senator archtop. It was given to me by a retired English colonel in Italy. I used it on the slide part during the harmonica solo on "I'm Ready."

This is my mid-sixties Hofner Senator archtop. It was given to me by a retired English colonel in Italy. I used it on the slide part during the harmonica solo on "I'm Ready."

This is my pride and joy, my 1964 Fender Jazz Bass (NOT a reissue). I bought it (ok, my Dad did) in 1966 from a local Dallas talent named Kirby St. Romain. So Kirby, if your out there, I've still got your bass! It originally had matching white on the body, but as the paint was flaking off, I I stripped it and applied clear lacquer for a natural alder wood look. I know the value increases with the original finish no matter how ugly, but in the 70s that wasn't the case. I used it on all of the songs that Marty Mitchell doesn't play bass on.

This is my pride and joy, my 1964 Fender Jazz Bass (NOT a reissue). I bought it (ok, my Dad did) in 1966 from a local Dallas talent named Kirby St. Romain. So Kirby, if your out there, I've still got your bass! It originally had matching white on the body, but as the paint was flaking off, I I stripped it and applied clear lacquer for a natural alder wood look. I know the value increases with the original finish no matter how ugly, but in the 70s that wasn't the case. I used it on all of the songs that Marty Mitchell doesn't play bass on.

This is David Prather's 1965 Martin D-18. It has a rich tone and is great for rock and roll rhythm, among other things. I had it on loan from David and used it on "Round and Round", "Fortune Morning", "She's in the Garden", "Try Me", and "Love of a Thousand Days"; songs that I cut the basics with Jay Hudson.

This is David Prather's 1965 Martin D-18. It has a rich tone and is great for rock and roll rhythm, among other things. I had it on loan from David and used it on "Round and Round", "Fortune Morning", "She's in the Garden", "Try Me", and "Love of a Thousand Days"; songs that I cut the basics with Jay Hudson.

Now, let's move to amplifiers.
This is my workhorse, the Fender Blues Junior. It is warm as well as aggressive, and really puts out for 15 watts. I used it on everything on the record except "I'm Ready" and "Ball and Chain."

This is my workhorse, the Fender Blues Junior. It is warm as well as aggressive, and really puts out for 15 watts. I used it on everything on the record except "I'm Ready" and "Ball and Chain."

The Laney LC 50 combo is my loudest amp (50 watts). It has that Made in England vibe, and I use both the clean and overdrive channels (not in love with the reverb, though). I used it on "I'm Ready."

The Laney LC 50 combo is my loudest amp (50 watts). It has that Made in England vibe, and I use both the clean and overdrive channels (not in love with the reverb, though). I used it on "I'm Ready."

This is the 1963 Fender Bassman that I've had since high school. The guy I bought it from took off the blonde Tolex covering and beige grillcloth and made it black and grey like the new Fenders of the time. Bad idea, but it sounds great. I use it mainly for bass guitar, but I used it with the Les Paul on "Ball and Chain."

This is the 1963 Fender Bassman that I've had since high school. The guy I bought it from took off the blonde Tolex covering and beige grillcloth and made it black and grey like the new Fenders of the time. Bad idea, but it sounds great. I use it mainly for bass guitar, but I used it with the Les Paul on "Ball and Chain."

I use the Vox Brian May more as an effect than an amp. It gives a crazy sustain that I used for the Strat treble lead on "Ball and Chain."

I use the Vox Brian May more as an effect than an amp. It gives a crazy sustain that I used for the Strat treble lead on "Ball and Chain."

Effects

I don't use effects much, but try to get my retro sound from the guitar and amp (although, if you live long enough, most effects are now retro!). Here are the ones I used on the record.
 
I hadn't had the Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal long when I made the record, but I used it with the "Blues" switch on the lead for "The Torch." It has a "Boost" and "Blues switch that makes it 2 devices in one. I have since come to like the Boost switch for power rhythm.

I hadn't had the Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal long when I made the record, but I used it with the "Blues" switch on the lead for "The Torch." It has a "Boost" and "Blues switch that makes it 2 devices in one. I have since come to like the Boost switch for power rhythm.

The Cry Baby Classic is just that for wah-wah pedals. Get the Classic which gives the option of regular power instead of a 9 volt battery. I used it on "Ball and Chain."

The Cry Baby Classic is just that for wah-wah pedals. Get the Classic which gives the option of regular power instead of a 9 volt battery. I used it on "Ball and Chain."

I also used a Boss Tremelo pedal for the "Marlboro" lead on "Round and "Round." I don't own one, so I don't have a picture for you.