Sorentinos' Gear

We know there are some people out there as sad as we are about gear
and what we use. So to satisfy some curiosity ...
here goes the first installment.


  • 1962 reissue Fender Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan alnico two pro pickups made in 1992 in Japan
  • 1999 Strat made in Corona CA. with Seymour Duncan vintage pickups
  • I also have a 1963 Strat that stays in my closet and only gets played in the Studio
  • 1979 Tokai Telecaster with EMG pickups
  • I am having a custom Fender Jazzmaster type guitar made by Jim Surles now that will have Firebird pickups
  • early 80's Gibson J-200
  • late 90's Gibson J-45 both have Sunrise Pickups installed.
  • For amps live I mainly use a new Fender Deluxe Reverb 65
  • Reissue , I also have been know to play through my 1969 Fender Twin
  • Reverb, my 1965 Vox AC30 and a 1950's Kay with a 8" speaker which I use just for studio work oh and I have a Vox Pathfinder.

Also for studio work I use a Danelectro bass (gift from rob) and a Roland RD250s keyboard. I do have these effects which I have not been using to much lately a Crybaby wha-wha , Boss DM2 delay, Boss CE5 Chorus, Ibanez tube screamer from the 80's and a Superfuzz from Voodoo Lab, strings are D'Addario 11's and acoustic strings are D'Addario coated EXP26 and picks of choice are any medium light pick oh and I use Hohner Marine Band harps and Shubb capos. And I still want more stuff!


  • Waterstone and Hamer 12 string basses
  • 1955 Fender Precision Bass
  • 1976 and 1977 Gibson Thunderbird basses
  • Epiphone Thunderbird bass
  • Ampeg Big Stud bass
  • Ampeg Lucite bass
  • Pink Paisley Fender Telecaster bass
  • Fender fretless acoustic bass
  • Univox EB1 bass
  • Danelectro bass
  • Phantom teardrop bass
  • Kalamazoo SG bass
  • Labella or Rotosound bass strings
  • Ampeg bass amplification


  • 2 Telecasters (standard, off-the-rack, non-vintage)
  • 1 Takamine Acoustic-Electric for unplugged stuff
  • Pedalboard with Boss CS-3 compressor, Danelectro Dan-Echo, Line 6 Modulation Modeler, Crybaby Wah
  • Fender "red knob" Twin & Blues Junior amps
  • Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 head with full stack
  • Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (10-46 gauge) strings - six of them on each guitar
  • Clayton 1.52mm picks
  • 1 glowing coal of rock 'n' roll in the center of my soul


  • DRUMS:
  • 8 snare drums, two of them from the early 1900’s a classic 1936 Slingerland Radio King, and two snare drums custom built for him by John Riolo in Oregon
  • sets include a late 1950’s Slingerland, the first Pearl wood/fiberglass from the early 1970’s and two custom built sets also made by John Riolo in Oregon
  • Paiste and Bosphorus depending on the job
  • Two include a 17 inch 1910 Zildjian ride out, and a very old China Boy that makes a sound that is second to none.


  • "I use them all (honest, you can hear them on the CD) and still looking"
  • 1958 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty - this is my baby since 1974
  • 1963 Les Paul SG Standard - might sell as I favour bigger necks on Gibsons
  • 1964 Firebird III - might upgrade to a Firebird V
  • 1967 ES 335 TDC - baby does she swing....tone for days.
  • 1966 330-12 mapleglo - bought for $175 bucks and chimes
  • 1967 625 fireglo - jangles like no other - g-jang, g-jang
  • 1968 366-12 mapleglo convertible - sweet tone
  • 1968 366-12 azureglo convertible - ever seen one?
  • 1975 481 mapleglo slanted frets - too unique to pass up - plays great
  • 1990 Custom 24 Vintage Sunburst 10 top - my gig workhorse - crunchy - a great year
  • 1994 JF55-12E - sort of my trademark on records - Guild and Taylor build the best acoustic 12's ever.......and Ralph Towner is a hero of mine.
  • 1964 0-16NY with Sunrise pick-up - a real "chick" guitar....and Ian Anderson
  • 1970 D-28 with Sunrise pick-up - had since '72 - she don't do Brazilians
  • 1963 Jaguar - my first electric guitar - it traded it and then found it again by luck in the want ads several years later!
  • 1975 Triple Neck Stringmaster black (custom ordered by me)
  • 1994 57 Strat reissue - sunburst - does the job
  • 2002 62 Tele Custom reissue - turqoise - spanky.
  • VOX
  • 1967 Mark XII - sunburst - only 12 string with whammy bar....why? I dunno
  • AMPS
  • 1995 and 1998 Matchless Chieftain 2x12 combos - Black like my coffee. Sampson is king! one for the US and one for the UK...cuz it weighs a ton.
  • 1965 Fender Vibrochamp - my first amp bought with the Jaguar at Angelo's House of Music San Francisco in 1966.
  • 1965 Vox AC-4 - good little banger.....
  • 1989 Mesa Boogie .22 Calibre - stupid move, I traded two echoplexes and a vintage Fender reverb for this. I needed a small amp and didn't have any money.
  • 1963 Fender Bandmaster piggyback - blonde. Always wanted one....
  • 1970's Vox Escort busker and Vox Stage 50. Good if my back is sore or lend to friends
  • 1974 Hiwatt Custom 100 stack with EV SROs - Loud as F**k.....fights crime, cures cancer....I wonder if those days will ever come back.
  • D'Addario 10-46s for most electrics, 11-52 for acoustics
  • Bakersfield blacks and whites depending on ambient temperature
  • Lots lying around but mainly Vox Wah V846, Rat II, Boss Delay, Ernie Ball Volume pedal
  • WIFE
  • 1962 extremely tolerant, plays great - blonde finish.