Photo: yanina moiseenko
The Seagull was pretty battered when I bought it, but was brought back to life by Malcolm Miles .. he also put a Martin piezo pickup in it. It sounds pretty damn good.
Takamine were an almost unknown name outside Japan and the US, but I read in Guitar magazine that Ry Cooder had been acting in an advisory capacity to the company, so that helped to influence my decision.
When I play electric guitar I have an old Tokai Strat copy that I bought from pretty much the first shipment (out of the back of Eric Dixon's Luton Transit van fresh from the docks at Southampton). I used to have a Fender but sold it as I preferred the Tokai!
I also have a 12-string guitar - it's a Godin A12 (acoustic/electric)
I run my guitars through a custom made pedal board that is comprised of :
* a Boss TU2 Tuner,
* a Washburn Analog Delay
* a T-Rex Engineering Tremster Tremolo and
* a TC Electronics Phaser XII
I route all of this through a SansAmp Acoustic DI box when I use the Lowden, if I use the Takamines, I route the board through a Session/Award MB11 pre-amp to minimise that nasal mid range quality that piezos can have
In Prague, live, I'm using an old Trace Elliot TA50 combo that I bought second hand in a shop in Lichfield Staffs (S and J Music) for £125 ... lucky me. I connect both my guitar and mic to it and use it in smaller venues. It's remarkably powerful and the sound is outstanding. On bigger gigs I use the Trace in conjunction with a great sounding Yamaha powered extension speaker MS150 that has a 12inch driver and an RCF horn.
My guitars are set
up and repaired by the hugely talented Malcolm Miles in New
Malden SW London (020 - 8942-1965).
I used to use D'Addario EJ16
Phosphor Bronze strings (12 to 53), but Charlie Chandler (020 8973 1441)
My vocal microphone
is a Beyer M88, I used this mic for 15 years... it's fantastic.