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tan16cI play a gorgeous Takamine TAN16C dreadnought cutaway acoustic called Tara.

I bought Tara around 8 years ago.  I spent a whole year saving up all of my gig money just to buy her….and she’s so much better than I could ever have imagined.

Tara has been beautifully crafted and features a rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top.

She came with the cool tube (CTP-2) pre-amp…..








……but she’s currently fitted with a CT4-DX pre-amp which Takamine sent me to road test for them (btw – it kicks ass).








I love Tara for so many reasons.  Her beautiful solid body means she sounds great mic-ed up in studio situations (although she does get a little self conscious about people commenting on her big body).

When plugged in I enjoy using both the CTP-2 and CT4-DX pre-amps.  They are very different and have their own unique sounds.

Here’s a video featuring me jibba-jabbering about the CT4-DX pre-amp:




Tara is always kitted out with D’addario EXP26 strings.  I used to use D’addario EXP11s but I tried the 26s about 3 years ago and have stuck with them ever since. They feel super comfortable to play and always sound great.  Give em a try if you haven’t already.



At all my acoustic (and sometimes bass) gigs I’m armed with an L R Baggs Venue DI Box.

venue DI

I *totally* adore this.  It really is amazing.

To have full control of your sound everywhere you go is quite honestly, priceless.

Beautifully constructed and designed – this unit features a 5 band EQ, notch filter, phase inversion, adjustable volume foot switch, mute switch, XLR & 1/4″ outputs, a lovely bright tuner and so much more…..and it all runs on a 9v battery.

It comes with a very nifty black case which also fits nicely into the front pocket of your guitar case.

These…..are awesome.

Full stop.

Find out more:

Finally here’s a little video showing my set-up for solo acoustic gigs…it’s cool as beans.


Upcoming Shows

July 2nd
The One2OneBar (Playing Drums for Naga Valli)
1509 S Lamar Blvd #600, Austin, TX 78704

July 3rd
Unity in the Heart of Austin (Playing Acoustic Guitar for Susan Arbuckle)

July 4th
Cimarron Hills Golf Club - Private Show (Playing Bass for Susan Arbuckle)
200 Cimarron Hills Trail West, Georgetown
6.30pm - 9.30pm

July 5th
Hyde Park Grill - South (Playing Acoustic Guitar for Susan Arbuckle)
4521 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

July 6th
Earl Campbell's at Austin International Airport (KM Solo show)
3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719

July 9th
New Homes Open House (Playing Acoustic Guitar for Susan Arbuckle)
250 Sportsplex Dr.,Dripping Springs 78660
12-1pm & 3-4pm

July 9th
House Concert (Playing Acoustic Guitar for Susan Arbuckle)
5232 Keene Cove, Austin 78730 (Riverplace)

July 16th
Hannover's (Playing Bass for Susan Arbuckle)
108 E Main St, Pflugerville, TX 78660

July 22nd
The Rattle Inn (Playing Drums for Kyloe Blue)
610 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

July 30th
The Bugle Boy (Playing Acoustic Guitar for Susan Arbuckle)
1051 N Jefferson St, La Grange, TX 78945

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