Ben Harper’s Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment

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.


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 Model M38 Acoustic
– Martin 00-18 Acoustic

Martin 000-18 Acoustic Guitar

– 2005 Martin HD-28VE
– Martin Ben Harper guitar

Martin Special Edition HM Ben Harper Acoustic Guitar with Case Natural

– Asher guitars (Electro Hawaiian, “Dual Tone” Lap steel)
– Weissenborn guitars (Canopos, Kona)
– Weissenborn Teardrop (circa 1930s)
– Two Style 4 (1925 and 1927) Weissenborns

Goldtone 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
– 2004 and Custom 2005 National Reso-Phonic
– Model D Western squareneck
– Various slide and steel guitars

– ’40s Gibson LG-2 Vintage Acoustic

Gibson Acoustic Icon '60s LG-2 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar Vintage Sunburst

– Gibson J-50 Vintage Acoustic
– Gibson J-45

Gibson Acoustic J-45 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

– ’50s Gibson J-160

Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric

– 1957 Fender sunburst Strat

Fender American Vintage  57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar 2-Tone Sunburst

– Fender Telecaster (custom shop)

Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar Arctic White

– Gibson ES-335

Gibson Custom ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar Faded Cherry

– ’50s Gibson Les Paul Junior

Gibson Custom Shop 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cutaway Electric Guitar TV Yellow

– ’50s Gibson Melody Maker

Gibson Melody Maker Dual Pickup Electric Guitar Ebony

– Gibson Double neck (6-string/12-string)
– Gibson EDS-1275 Double neck

Gibson EDS 1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry

– Gibson ’56 Les Paul Special (singlecut, TV yellow)

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway Electric Guitar TV Yellow

– Fraulini 12-string

Amps and Cabinets

– Dumble Overdrive Special and a Dumble 1×12(has a variety of these from different years – 80’s, 70’s, and new)

– Demeter 100 watt head TGA-2
– Demeter 4×10 and 2×12 cabinets
– ’50s Fender tweed Bassman

Fender 59 Bassman

– 1969 Marshall 100-watt amp head

Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series 100W Tube Head

– Marshall Cabinet

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

– Roccaforte HG100 Amp
– Roccaforte 2×12 cabinet
– Custom built Roccaforte non master 100 watt head

Effects and More
– Seymour Duncan ’59 pickups

Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 Model Electric Guitar Pickup Black Neck

– 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 V847 Wah-Wah Pedal

– Ibanez Analog Delay

Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay Effect Pedal

– Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser

Electro-Harmonix USA Small Stone Phase Shifter 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 Crybaby 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 KMS 104 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone Nickel

– Hermida Zendrive

– Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo

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

– Univox U-1093 Super-Fuzz

– Budda Budwah

Budda BudWah Wah Pedal

– Zvex Super Hard-On

– Radial J48 active direct box

Radial J48 MK2 48V Phantom Power Active Direct Box

– Scheerhorn steel slide bar




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

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings Single

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

D'Addario EJ17 Phosphor Bronze Medium Acoustic Strings Single

– D’Addario EXL115 Strings for Electric Guitar

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

Ben Harper: weissenborn guitars

Ben Harper : “Hermann Weissenborn est un émigré Allemand qui s’est installé à Los Angeles. Il construisait ses guitares avec du bois de Koa (une essence hawaïenne). Le bois de cet instrument a une résonance unique qui reste dans l’air longtemps. Le son de la Weissenborn ne s’éparpille pas autour de vous, il vous pénètre, vous traverse. Tout slide guitariste qui se respecte cherche à en posséder une un jour.”

“Ca m’a demandé énormément de travail pour arriver à faire sonner une guitare slide comme ça mais c’est un tel accomplissement. Je commence juste à sentir que j’arrive enfin à quelque chose, à un point où je contrôle vraiment ce que je fais.”

“Même électrifié le son reste différent. A l’écouter, tu peux dire que ce n’est pas une Strat ni une Les Paul.”

Ben Harper: Asher Series II Limited Edition Guitar

Voici le premier article consacré aux instruments utilisés par Ben ou ses musiciens:(extrait de www.asherguitars.com)

“Bill Asher and Bern Harper have teamed up once again to create an amazing modern-day lap steel drawing on inspiration from the classic ’59 Gibson Les Paul. The Harper Series II Limited Edition will feature a flame maple top with cherry sunburst finish in nitro cellulose lacquer, a pair of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop ’59-Style Humbuckers, T.O.M. bridge and tail-piece by Tone Pros.
Production will be limited to only 100 instruments, each bearing signature logos of both Ben Harper and Bill Asher. The model will also come with a special signed limited edition certificate of authenticity.”


* style: lap steel
* scale length: 25 inches
* neck & body: neck through solid Honduras mahogany with cylindrical tone chambers
* top: flamed maple
* pickups: 2 Seymour Duncan Custom Shop ’59-Style Humbuckers
* pickup switching: three-way toggle
* controls: master volume and master tone for each pickup
* knobs: gold top hat
* fret board: koa
* bridge: T.O.M. by Tone Pros
* tailpiece: Featherweight by Tone Pro
* machine heads: Kluson Deluxe with keystone buttons
* nut: bone
* string spacing: nut: 1 3/4 inches, bridge: 2 1/8 inches
* color: cherry burst
* finish: nitro-cellulose lacquer
* number of frets: 22
* strings: Asher Electro Hawaiian Lap Steel strings
* case: custom hard shell case by Cedar Creek
* price: $2800 US dollars (plus shipping); deposit required: $1400 US Dollars