It’s a short list, but as a matter of integrity, I only recommend gear that I personally use. Also, in terms of full disclosure, I am a Cordoba brand ambassador. They do not supply me with guitars, and as you can see from the list below, I use other guitars as well.


Savarez Red Card nylon strings
I reserve the right to change my opinion, but these are THE BEST strings that I’ve used so far. The treble strings use rectified nylon which sound better, and are much easier to play if you use your finger tips (not nails) like me.

G7th Classical Performance Capo
The “luxury” capo. If you like fine things, you’ll love this. The G7th capo is stainless steel and it’s tightening mechanism allows you to apply just enough tension. The problem with capos other than G7th, is they disrupt the tuning of your guitar. I recommend their capos for all guitars, nylon as well as steel string

Snark clip-on tuner
The greatest guitar tuner ever. The Snark senses the vibration of your strings allowing you to tune while speaking, or being in a loud environment. It clips to the end of your acoustic or electric guitar for easy convenience.


Zoom Q8
This is the camera I use to record my videos for YouTube. It delivers PCM CD quality sound with my videos. I save the audio WAV files for my SoundCloud, and albums. The Q8 comes with a detachable X/Y stereo microphone that is versatile enough to record yourself, a full band, or concert.

Zoom SSH-6 Shotgun Microphone
Since I’m only recording myself, I recently upgraded to the Zoom SSH-6 Shotgun microphone. The SSH-6 is designed to pick up what’s directly in front of it. It also has to stereo mics in the rear to pick up a little bit of the room for a more balanced sound. Just detach the X/Y with the click of a button and click in the Shotgun. I use the Zoom Q8 to blend just a smidge of the Shotgun stereo mics.

[If you plan on recording single guitar performances like me, both the Zoom Q8 and Stereo Shotgun microphone can be purchased together. Also, I recommend a tabletop tripod if you plan to record from from an office desk as I do.]


Cordoba GK Studio
The GK Studio is the best all-around guitar I’ve owned. It has very low and easy action, great tone, and plenty of versatility with the stylish looking cut-away. It sounds great played with a pick or with your fingers.  Although I never use it with an amp, the Gk Studio comes equipped with a Fishman pickup system and tuner.

Cordoba Dolce
This is my best sounding guitar. The Dolce has a 7/8ths body style and Spanish bracing that is based around the turn-of-the-century guitar maker Torres.

Taylor GS mini (Mahogany)
This is my (steel string) teaching guitar. I’m a house-call guitar teacher so I’m in and out of students homes all day long. Needless to say, I value instruments that are smaller, have excellent tone, and effortless play-ability.

I settled on the GS mini after researching about 8 different guitars and trying them all. Nothing even came close to the GS mini. Despite its smaller size it sounds better and louder than most full size instruments and it plays like a full size guitar.

[I use Martin SP Custom Light strings for my steel string-guitars.]

Alvarez AC65
This is yet another inexpensive classical.  I use this guitar for my alternate and de-tuned songs. I’m a firm believer that, if you use nice strings and play with emotion, your actual guitar matters very little.

[I use Savarez Yellow Card strings with my AC65. These strings are super high tension — and they perform well at ultra low and alternate tunings.]

Fender “The Edge” Stratocaster
The Dimarzio FS-1 and Fat 50’s pickups give The Edge Strat a wide array of crystal clean tones. The vintage oversized headstock not only looks cool, but adds to the warmth and tone. This guitar plays like silk, and despite the simple vintage look — is loaded with modern amenities. In addition to a blues instrument, this guitar feels like a creator’s machine. It’s perfect for me. I use Ernie Ball 9 – 42 Super Slinky strings. These are light strings and very easy to play. 

Sadowsky Electric Nylon String Guitar
Not sure if these are even made by Sadowsky even more, but you could find them used online for around $3500. It’s a remarkable instrument: a classical guitar that plays as easily as the finest electric guitar. This guitar is famously used by Keith Richards.


I use a Vox VT40X with my electric guitar. On board effects, amp modeling, and a tube in the preamp. With the VT40X you can also manipulate the tube expression too. For YouTube, I need my amp to do everything: have great tone and a multitude of effects.

Typically the offerings in the genre of modeling amp sound synthetic. The VT40X’s preamp tube allows this amp to truly generate an analog tone. Great sounding all-in-one amplifier.

Vox AC10
While the VT40x does every sound imaginable, for a straight tube clean or distortion tone, I use a Vox AC10. You can hear that tone hear. The amp has reverb — and other than that is no frills. I plug my guitar straight into it.

Acoustic A40
I use this amp with my Sadowsky Electric Nylon String guitar.

Additional reading:

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