Acoustic Guitar Gear - Studio & Live

Les Finnigan - Alberico OM Guitar, Cocobolo back and sides

Bourgeois, Martin Simpson Signature Model with Sunrise pickup

Les Finnigan - Martin D - 28

Les Finnigan and Sleepy the Sloth recording together

Les Finnigan - Kispiox Valley Music Festival 2000
Kispiox Valley Music Festival 2000


Guitars

2010 - Alberico OM (German Spruce / Honduras Mahogany)
2008 - Alberico OM (German Spruce / Nicaraguan Cocobolo)
1996 - Bourgeois, Martin Simpson Signature Model
1987 - Martin D - 12 - 18
1976 - Martin D - 28

Strings

Elixir, nanoweb, phosphor bronze, medium gauge strings. To get a more even string tension and volume, Les substitutes the plain strings, .013 & .017 for ones a gauge heavier, so the gauges are .014, .018, .026, .035, .045 & .056.

Pickups

All the guitars have Sunrise magnetic pickups that are wired directly to an endpin jack to use with an outboard tube pre-amp. Low capacitance cables (e.g. Planet Waves) are very important in this pickup pre-amp configuration.

Studio Gear

Miktek C5 (matched pair)
Pendulum Audio SPS-1 stereo pre-amp
Sunrise magnetic pickup
ART Tube MP Project Series
Lexicon MX400
Apogee Duet - running at 24bit / 96kHz
Audio Technica ATH-M40X headphones
Tannoy PBM 6.5 II monitors
Dynaudio BM6 monitors

Live Gear

Sunrise magnetic pickup
ART Tube MP Project Series
Lexicon MX400

Casual Gigs (no P.A.)

Sunrise magnetic pickup
ART Tube MP Project Series
Alesis Picoverb
Roland AC-100 acoustic guitar amplifier
(Amplifier modifications include an Electrovoice 12" P.A. speaker, and side and rear mounted tweeters.)

Software

Audacity
Guitar Pro 6

Retired Gear

Neumann KM 184 (1999 - 2006)
Fishman, under-saddle piezo pickup (1995 - 2007)
Audio Technica 4033a (x 2) (1999 - 2013)
ART PRO MPA - Stereo tube mic pre-amp (1999 - 2013)
Alesis Midiverb 4 (1996 - 2013)
Panasonic SV-3800 DAT (1996 - 2013)
Presonus tube pre (2004 - 2015)

PlayWatch Gear Overview Video (2005)