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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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Ben Harper's 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

- 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

- '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

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster Deluxe Closet Classic Finish With Gold Hardware Electric Guitar Desert Sand

- Fender Telecaster (custom shop)

Fender American Professional Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar Sonic Gray

- 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




Ben Harper's 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

- 1969 Marshall 100-watt 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


Ben Harper's 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

- Ibanez Analog Delay

- Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser

- Boss compressor

- SCHEERHORN Chrome Plated Slide

- Demeter Fat control

- Demeter Tremulator

- Demeter Compulator

- Ernie Ball Volume pedal

Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal

- Dunlop Crybaby wah

- Boss TU-2 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

- Radial J48 active direct box

Radial Engineering J48 MK2 48V Phantom Power Active Direct Box

- Scheerhorn steel slide bar

 

Ben Harper's Strings

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

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

- D'Addario EXL115 Strings for Electric Guitar



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