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Smith Guitars Artists

The professional guitarists who use Smith guitars & Tone Garden pickups (click on photos to enlarge) :

Billy Cobham alumni member Ray Mouton playing his Smith “Sands” model guitar. The Sands features thin contoured body, a through body African mahogany neck, sapele body, 24 fret morado fretboard, dual action truss rod, RMC piezo bridge saddles, RMC synth access, 12-16″ compound radius, two humbuckers and one single coil center pickup, each pickup has switching for series/split/parallel – Hipshot locking tuners and contour two point trem, Buzz Feiten tuning system. – 100% hand made – no cnc. Ray was lead guitarist on the shows, “Lion King” and “Human Nature” on the Strip here in Las Vegas.  Here are some of Ray’s credits at allmusic.

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Ray Muton playing his Sands SA at a gig in Las Vegas, NV (Ray’s solo starts at about 3:20)

Hailing from San Jose, CA – Las Vegas, NV guitarist John Wedemeyer (The Righteous Brothers, Clint Holmes, Susan Anton, Lucy Arnez and Michael Grimm) plays a Smith “Supernatural I” with Tone Garden Lucky 7s humbuckers.

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Matt Baldoni (pictured here with his Smith “Stardust” model guitar).  Matt plays for Cirque Du Soleil “Ka” and is currently a member of the Australian Bee Gees show at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino.  Read Matt’s comments (click).

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Guitarist Mark Hall Speights (pictured here with his Smith “Riviera”) Riviera featurs: semi-hollow flamed maple top and back, alder frame, birds eye maple neck, rear control access, 24.625″ scale ebony fretboard, gold hardware including gold fretwire, Hipshot locking tuners, Hipshot baby grande bridge, Tone Garden humbucking pickups with series/split/parallel switching. Mark has performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Chuck Berry, Chuck Mangione, Charo and many others. He was signed by famous record mogul Clive Davis to Columbia along with Melissa Manchester and Barry Manilow. During this time his band opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd in touring concerts. In the 1980s he worked at various strip hotels and also for the Peppermill and Flamingo Hilton in Reno. He later relocated to Orlando, Fl where he worked as a contractor and musician for Walt Disney World. For the last 11 years he has been working in the Las Vegas area for various shows including, the Australian Bee Gees and Motown type acts Spectrum & Radiance. Mark is currently preparing for a tour with another Bee Gees tribute called, “Bee Gees Gold.”

 

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Legendary bassist Neil Merryweather playing the Merryweather designed “M” bass built by Neil Smith.  The bass also features Tone Garden pickups.  For More information on Neil Merryweather visit his website.

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First call Las Vegas Guitarist Jeff Ray (Boyz II Men, Jersey Boys and many others)  playing his Smith “Sands” & Stardust models

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Legendary blues player Steve Crenshaw Hidalgo playing is Stardust “Steve Crenshaw” model guitar:

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First call Las Vegas Guitarist Larry Esparza (Jersey Boys)  playing his Smith “Stardust” model.

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Here Larry gives the low down on his European steamed beech Stardust:


 

Phoenix Rhythm Cats multi instrumentalist Chris Kennison and his custom Smith guitars Supernatural III and Stardust models. Supernatural III features, semi-hollow alderbody, birds eye maple top and back, birds eye maple neck, graphrite fretboard with stainless steel frets, 25.5 scale, dual action truss rod, RMC synth access and piezo out, 2 humbucking and one single coil pickups, locking tuners. 100% hand made no cnc.

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Above: Chris Kennison with his Stardust guitar . . .