Dave's Guitars, Amps & Gear
Update 03/30/07 A complete inventory of Dave's guitars is now posted.
Click on: SEE ALL 90+ GUITARS! Warning: There
are 90+ large photos on this section, High Speed Internet Connection is required.
Please come back and read the info below. Several
guitars have come and gone sence this was posted. It has been problematic
to keep it up to date.
Click here to see a diagram of Dave's Stage Gear
connections. It is a large image and may take a while to
No doubt, Dave is a guitar-a-holic, he has told me he has about 50 (see
update above), but he trades, buys and sells constantly. It's hard to tell
if he prefers a Gibson Les Paul, or a Fender Relic Stratocaster. I won't
even try to start that debate here. Dave is fortunate to officially endorse
both Fender and Gibson guitars.
Guitar heaven! Photo taken in May 1999. Photo by professional photographer
Rick Gould. It took Dave and Brian (guitar tech) seven hours to dig all of
Dave's equipment out, and get it set up for this shot. The front row is certainly
worthy of identification. From left to right, the row closest to the camera
starting with the Gibsons are: 1. 1976 reissue LP Black Beauty 2. 1968 LP
SG Custom 3. 1959 LP Black Beauty 4. 1957 LP TV Special 5. 1956 Les Paul
Junior 6. 1954 Les Paul Junior TV 7. 1952 First Year Issue Les Paul Gold
Top. Continuing across with the Fender Stratocasters are 8. 1954 First Year
issue for the Stratocaster 9. 1955 Stratocaster 10. 1958 Strat 11. another
1958 Strat 12. 1957 Esquire 13. 1956 Esquire. Many of the other guitars are
vintage pieces, also worthy of note are the Martin acoustics and the
Rickenbackers including the John Lennon model sitting in the back row beside
the 1967 Hofner Paul McCartney Beatle Bass. Photo proudly furnished by Dave
I asked Dave what guitars he is buying now, and he said the Gibson Historic
Series Les Pauls, and the Fender Custom Shop "Relic" Stratocasters. The Fender
Relics are new guitars which are artificially aged to make them look like
guitars from the 50s or 60s.
Dave's favorite music store is:
Norm's Rare Guitars
18969 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
To visit Norm's website click on
Norman's Rare Guitars
There is a new picture and history book about guitars, titled "Norman's Rare
Guitars". Dave is mentioned in the book. You can buy the book
from Norm's of course.
Norm's Rare Guitars is listed in the credits of the cult-classic movie "Here
is Spinal Tap" as the source of the fantastic guitars used on the movie.
Hey Norm, have you got any more of those Marshall heads which go to ELEVEN?
On Dave's stage guitars he often replaces the humbucker pickup with the Seymour
Duncan model 59. The single coil pickups are the Seymour Duncan "Antiquity"
pickups. You can get more information on these pickups by visiting
||Dave once was a big endorser of Jackson brand guitars. The Jackson Custom
Shop made some fantastic guitars for Dave. He used a Soloist in the Cher
Extravaganza Tour, and on stage in his early years with REO. The white double
neck Jackson can be see on a stand in the background of the REO Video
Anthology "Live It Up". This photo taken by Dave's wife, shows Dave and his
Jackson collection, inside his storage unit. It is from the 1994-95
Jackson Guitars Catalog. Not long after this, Jackson and Dave went separate
directions. Dave no longer owns any Jackson guitars. Many thanks to Kevin
at Jackson for sending his personal copy to the Dave Page. (Update,
Jackson guitar company has been purchased by Fender Guitar company.)
Dave is holding the Jackson USA Soloist which he played on the Cher Live
at the Mirage concert video. The guitar appears to be black, but it is metallic
Black Cherry. (This guitar now proudly owned by this webmaster) Photo used
with kind permission of Rob Lane.
The back of the headstock of Dave's Jackson triple humbucker Randy Rhodes
guitar was personalized by Jackson's Custom Shop.
Dave has been an endorser of Dean Markley Guitar Strings for 15 years! He
specifically uses the Signature Series NickelSteel Electric LT 9-42 stock
#2502B. Those guys at Dean Markley are "First Class".
September 2003 Dave attended the auction of George Harrison's Fender Rosewood
Telecaster. He didn't buy it, but was honored to be permitted to touch it!
Dave does own a very limited edition reissue of this guitar.