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March 5th, 2016
Saturday, 5pm

In-store performance at the famous Music Millennium record store, Portland, OR

Free! Hank will be there with his full band.


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Hank's gear

SoloampCome to a Hank Sinatra show and this is what I’ll be using.
For a more complete descussion of the equipment, check out the “Gear” page under “About”.

My main axe these days is a Taylor 914CE flatop six-string.  It’s a really great guitar, but perhaps a little too bright for the Hank sound.  I haven’t found an archtop yet that suits me, but I’ll keep looking. 

The Hank sound is all about the vocals (described as “two parts Nat, one part Frank, with a dash of Willie”) so it was important to have an excellent P.A. system to deliver that sound to a room full of people in a small to mid-size venue.  I’ve been using a Fishman SoloAmp for about six months and it’s doing a great job.

The sound is good enough that other musicians often ask about the Fishman system, with the comment Hanks-micthat they’ve got to check it out for their own use.   

After a lot of searching, I ended up with the Neumann KMS-104.  This is a beautiful microphone, maybe the best in the world for vocal performance. The only downside may be that it’s a condenser mic, which requires 48v phantom power. 

Guitar strings
I use Extra Life Acoustic strings from DR Strings, in a medium-light gauge.

Hank-pickGuitar picks
 I used to use an ordinary medium nylon pick, but now I depend on a Dunlop 207 Jazztone, in a 2mm thickness. I modify my picks for extra grip and control, by drilling six or more large holes.  No kidding.

I’m using Lyric Evidence Audio cables for both guitar and vocal, and they are terrific.  The only downside is that they are pretty stiff, which makes them easy to trip on. 
I found a great resource at Lava Cable.  Check them out.

That’s it.  Now you know how to get that Hank sound.  (Oh, and just add Hank.)

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