The Current Guitar Collection

The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it.

Guitar Collection: My Bubba, 1956 Yngve Barslev Jazz Guitar


1956 Yngve Barslev Jazz Guitar

Guthbjorg Tomasdottir of the duo My Bubba recently took some time to tell us about her vintage, Danish-built guitar. 'I was bicycling in Copenhagen and I saw this guitar in the window, and it just spoke to me,' she says. It's the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection.

Guitar Collection: The Shelters' Josh Jove, Rickenbacker 360, 12-string


Josh Jove, Rickenbacker 360 12-string

When the Shelters performed their song 'Rebel Heart' in our studio, guitarist Josh Jove performed on a 12-string Rickenbacker. After the session, Jove told us about the guitar -- and that it was given to him by none other than Tom Petty, who co-produced the Shelter's self-titled debut album.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Sara Watkins, Bourgeois Piccolo Parlor


Sara Watkins with her Dana Bourgeois guitar.

Following a recent in-studio recording session at The Current, Sara Watkins took some time to tell us about her parlor-style guitar. Watkins describes the inspiration for the guitar's vintage appearance, and she tells us what she likes about composing and performing on it.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Esme Patterson, ESP Ronnie Wood model


Esme Patterson 4

Esme Patterson played an in-studio session, and she wielded an ESP Ron Wood model, a guitar modeled after the Telecaster pattern. In addition to talking about her guitar, Patterson also talks about how she approaches songwriting, who some of her guitar-playing influences are, and which effects pedals she really likes. 'I support companies that I really respect and make things in a way that makes sense,' Patterson says.

The Current's Guitar Collection: James Hunter, Gibson Les Paul


James Hunter guitar 1

When James Hunter saw a photo of Lightnin' Hopkins with a Gibson Les Paul, Hunter knew he wanted to get one. Hunter bought his Gibson Les Paul in 1999 and it's been his main instrument ever since; it's even had its neck replaced. 'This fight broke out; I wasn't there, but the guitar was,' Hunter says. 'Had it been the other way round, it'd be me with no neck!'