Instruments

The Danelectric Monster

Continuing in his search for the guitar with the most strings, Tom recently (Oct 2013) bought himself a 19-string electric beastie. This beats out his previous 18-string double-neck. It's much smaller and lighter, but it probably won't travel far, as it needs an amp. You'll have to come and visit it at our house!

Baritone 8-string

Anyone who knows Tom knows that he's not allowed to buy any more instruments! So just before Christmas 2012, he bought himself a beautiful mahogany Taylor Baritone. It is so very beautiful, and he plays it so well, that who could possibly refuse him?

Larrivee Parlor Guitar

Surprise! This is not one of Tom's guitars - it belongs to Sue! She couldn't resist it; not only is it stunningly beautiful with its quilted mahogany top, back and sides, and its lovely voice that sounds so well with hers, but it is very like the guitar on the Internation Space Station that Commander Chris Hadfield plays. Check out his video on YouTube singing Moondance from the cupola of the space station!

Double Neck

Tom and his double-neck guitar

Tom recently ordered a Washburn double-neck guitar and he's been playing it ever since. While it hasn't replace the 12-string, since he won't take it on an airplane, Tom absolutely loves his new guitar. He has the 12-string neck tuned DADGAD and the 6-string neck in regular tuning (or occasionally in drop D) and whatever he plays, he often gives the other neck a strum to add some droning. Come to FKO if you want to see it, and send Tom a note to tell him to be sure to bring it to the con!

12 String

Photo: Tom's 12 stringTom's 12 string is a Larivee that he bought used in Minneapolis at the Podium. Since then he has had compliments on it from nearly everyone who has touched it, including all the staff at Long and McQuades, where he took it to have a pickup installed. It's his baby, and he calls it Larry.

 

Tom's mandolinMandolin

A Samick mandolin, style Kentucky. I found this in a used guitar shop in Winnipeg and fell in love with it. You can hear it on Erica's Hello Stranger, Phil Mill's Rain on the Sand, and I take it with me almost everywhere I go because it's small, easy to carry, and it is perfect for jamming with other people.

 

Resonator Guitar

A Gibson Epiphone. Tom picked this up for a song and a dance because it had a slight ding on the back edge. He named it Seabiscuit! He always wanted to play a resonator guitar, and has experimented with tunings. Blind Lemming Chiffon and Tom did a guitar workshop together at Anticipation, and you can hear this on Phil Mill's CD Rain on the Sand on the song Melkor's Blues.

Cittern

Cittern by Peter Cox

Loude

Shortly after Tom moved to Toronto, and Sue found out exactly how many instruments he owned and forbade bringing home any more, Sue bought him this one for his birthday. Love will do strange things!

Tom's Loude

Electric Bass

Tom often uses this when he is recording. You can hear it on DW's The Face on Mars CD, and he's doing tracks for a number of other filk CD's currently in the works.

Paul McCartney Bass

Ever since he was a young boy... he's loved the Beatles. Now he has his own Paul McCartney guitar, and no, it isn't left-handed.

Tom with his Paul McCartney bass guitar

Dulcimer

Electric Guitar

This is an Airline Map guitar. Tom loves the sweet rocking sound of it!

Tom playing his Airline Map guitar

Ganjo

Accordion

Button Accordion

Bohdran

Bohdran

Harmonicas

Whistles

Conga Drums

Photo of conga drums

Oh yes, these were on sale at L&M not far from here. So they had to come home with Mr. Jeffers. He intends to "use them for recording". Uh huh, sure.

...and never mind his iPhone apps. They don't count.