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Combining shuddering, groove-laden funky soul and folky handcrafted acoustics, singer/songwriter and guitar player Ben Harper enjoyed cult status during the course of the '90s before gaining wider attention toward the decade's end. As a young artist, Harper combined elements of classic singer/songwriters, blues revivalists, Jimi Hendrix, and such '90s jam bands as Blues Traveler and Phish, which meant that he was embraced by critics and college kids alike. Despite the commercial success of the radio single Steal My Kisses" in 2000, Harper continued to explore different musical textures into the 21st century, enjoying a solid fanbase at home and a considerable amount of fame in Europe, where was named 2003's "Artist of the Year" by the French branch of Rolling Stone. Ben is known to often play acoustic guitar and lap steel in addition to electric guitar.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Ben Harper's Guitar Rig.

Ben Harper with telecaster 

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Guitars
Notes: Ben Harper admits he has tons of guitars and loves collecting them. We can't find a ton of
exacts on what's in his collection, but we have an idea

- Martin Ben Harper guitar

Martin Special Edition HM Ben Harper Acoustic Guitar with Case Natural


- Asher BEN HARPER SERIES II SIGNATURE MODEL LAP STEEL GUITAR
- Asher guitars (Electro Hawaiian, "Dual Tone" Lap steel)
- Weissenborn guitars (teardrop, Canopos, Kona, Classic)

Gold Tone Weissenborn SM Solid Mahogany Top Acoustic Guitar

- Dart guitars (Bowl Back, Hawaiian)
- Maton guitars (custom lap steels, a ECW80 acoustic and a MS 2000 STD electric)
- Cole Clark Guitars (Fat Lady acoustic, Mistress Electric, Violap)
- The Black Lap by Rob Mondell
- Various slide and steel guitars
- 1958 Martin 00-18

Martin 000-18 Acoustic Guitar

- '40s Gibson LG-2 Vintage Acoustic

- Gibson J-45

Gibson 2016 J-45 Standard Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

- '50s Gibson J-160

Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- 1957 Fender sunburst Strat

DISCONTINUED - Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar 2-Tone Sunburst

- Fender Telecaster (custom shop)

Fender 2012 American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard - Sunburst

- Gibson ES-335

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Historic Dot Reissue - cherry

- '50s Gibson Les Paul Junior

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

- '50s Gibson Melody Maker

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar

- Gibson Double neck (6-string/12-string)

- Gibson EDS-1275 Double neck

DISCONTINUED - Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar

- Gibson '56 Les Paul Special (singlecut, TV yellow)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway VOS Electric Guitar

- Fraulini 12-string




Amps and Cabinets

- Dumble Overdrive Special and a Dumble 1x12(has a variety of these from different years - 80's, 70's, and new)

- Demeter 100 watt head TGA-2 and Demeter 4x10 and 2x12 cabinets

- '50s Fender tweed Bassman

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

- 1969 Marshall 100-watt amp head

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Marshall Cabinet

Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Roccaforte HG100 Amp and Roccaforte 2x12 cabinet

- Custom built Roccaforte non master 100 watt head


Effects and More
- Seymour Duncan '59 pickups

Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup

- Sunrise pickups

- Seymour Duncan Mag Mic

Seymour Duncan SA-6 Mag Mic Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup

- Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer (also uses Maxon)

Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue

- Vox V847 wah wah pedal

Vox V847A Wah-Wah Pedal

- Ibanez Analog Delay

Maxon 9-Series AD-9 Pro Analog Delay Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal

- Boss compressor

Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal

- SCHEERHORN Chrome Plated Slide

- Demeter Fat control

- Demeter Tremulator

- Demeter Compulator

- Ernie Ball Volume pedal

Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal

- Dunlop Crybaby wah

Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal

- Boss TU-2 tuner

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

- Line 6 Echo Park pedal

Line 6 ToneCore Echo Park Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Neumann KMS 105 vocal microphone (live)

Neumann KMS105 Microphone

- Hermida Zendrive

- Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo

Electro-Harmonix XO #1 Echo Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Univox U-1093 Super-Fuzz

- Budda Budwah (older version)

Budda BRS-97020 Budwah Wah Guitar Effects Pedal

- Zvex Super Hard-On

ZVex Vexter Series SHO Super Hard On Booster Guitar Effects Pedal

- Radial J48 active direct box

Radial Engineering J48 MK2 48V Phantom Power Active Direct Box

- Scheerhorn steel slide bar

 

 

 

Strings
- D'Addario EJ16 light-gauge phosphor bronze strings (acoustic guitars)

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

- D'Addario EJ17 medium-gauge phosphor bronze strings (lapsteel)

D'Addario EJ17 Phosphor Bronze Medium Acoustic Strings

- D'Addario EXL115 Strings for Electric Guitar

D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Blues/Jazz Electric Guitar Strings Single-Pack

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