Sabi Sound is a modern project studio filled with vintage instruments that are lovingly maintained and always available. Musicians tend to comment on the good vibes and great sound they get while they’re recording here.

Different instruments, mics, preamps and plugins inspire me, and I enjoy working with musicians who are inspired by the sounds that we craft and capture together.

Classic curves

Synths & Keys
Wurlitzer 200a—beautifully restored for that timeless electric piano sound

Moog Sub Phatty—amazing monophonic analog synth for deep & fat basses, leads, filter sweeps, and sound effects

Sequential Circuits Prophet 6—analog synth with 6 voice polyphony

Hammond L-102—same model as Keith Emerson used with two manuals, spring reverb, onboard tube amp and twin speakers.

Roland Gaia SH-01—a flexible workhorse performance synth

Novation KS4—great for pads and contemporary synth leads

Electric Guitars & Basses
1964/65 Vox Lynx hollowbody with unique, original humbucker pickups

1965 Fender Jaguar

1966/67 Fender Mustang Bass strung with flatwounds a.k.a. Nico

1967 Gibson SG Jr.

1967 Gibson EM-200 Electric Mandolin a.k.a. the Lesser Paul

1960s Fender Jazzmaster/Jazzbastard/Partsmaster

1990s Danelectro DC-12 (electric 12 string)

1999 PRS Hollowbody I

2019 Sabi Sound Fender Esquire

Gibson Atlas IV

1959 Supro Spectator 1614n. Single 6V6, volume and tone with a 8″ Jensen c8r

1963 Fender Princeton 6G2. Brownface with optical vibrato. Baffle options: 12” Eminence Legend or 10″ Jensen Alnico

Fender Princeton Reverb Custom 68 with a Weber speaker

Secret-weapon: modded PA tube head from the 1950s with big, colorful transformers and dual rectifiers

1950s Tweed-covered pine cabinet loaded with a vintage Jensen alnico speaker

Custom 1×12″ cabinet loaded with a vintage Electro Voice EV 12L Series II speaker

1964 Gibson Atlas IV bass amp (guitar and Wurlie works too!) with a custom 15” Weber speaker

1966 Epiphone 2×10 cabinet loaded with vintage Jensen C10Qs

Ultrasound Acoustic Amp

Fender Deluxe

Bose L1 PA

Guitar Pedals
(Never too) many stomp boxes including overdrives, distortions, fuzzes, a bitcrusher, a vintage octave pedal, Digitech Whammy, analog chorus, eq, compressor, reverb, digital delay, analog echo, volume, wah, a coveted univibe, and more.

Steve Sharon


1950s Walberg & Auge Perfection kit 9×13, 16×14(!), 16×24 kick, 5×14 snare. Gretsch 3-ply shells with W&A re-rings, Gretsch rocket lugs. Restored, new wrap.

1964/65 Sonor Chicago Star teardrop kit 8×13, 14×16, 14×20 kick

1960s Ludwig Acrolite snare drum 5×14

1959/60 Slingerland Student Model Radio King three-ply snare; 5.5×14

PDP Woody snare drum with maple hoops; 6.5×14

Istanbul Agpop Xist hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbals

Paiste PST X Daru Jones hi-hats — when you want that crunchy, bit-crushed sound

Latin Percussion Mini Timbales (3 ¼” deep, 6″ & 8″) with snare throws

Meinl HCS 8″ splash

Granite blocks and a couple of cowbells

Arturia DrumBrute analog drum machine

Alesis DM6 electronic drum kit to trigger Addictive Drums 2, Arturia Spark 2, and Ableton Drum Racks

Roland SPD-SX sample pad, RT-30hr dual snare trigger, Roland kick pedal



AEA r84A active ribbon microphone

AKG C214, D790

Audix d2, i5 (2)

Avantone MONDO dynamic kick drum microphone

Electro-Voice ND46, 935a (2)

Lauten Audio LA-120 small diaphragm FET condenser microphones (2)

Lewitt LCT640 multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser

Kam ribbon mic

Morton KickTone

Pearlman TM1 boutique large diaphragm condenser tube mic

Sennheiser e609, e906

Shure SM57, Beta 58, SM7b

Akai Advance 49 midi controller

Ableton Push 2

Converters & Interfaces
Universal Audio Apollo 8 and 8p

Logic Pro X

Ableton Live Suite 10

Licensed plugins by SoundToys (complete bundle), Universal Audio, Softube, Brainworx, Waves, Izotope, Eventide, Plugin Alliance, XLN, Native Instruments, and dozens more.

Analog & Outboard Gear
API 2500 compressor

Universal Audio 6176

(UA 610B tube preamp and 1176LN compressor)

Focusrite ISA One

DBX 163X compressor (x2)

RML Jekyll & Hyde—custom dual mono ladder filter with silicone or diode distortion and two LFOs

Eventide Space

Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay — 12 bit crunchy delay

Radial Key Largo, X-Amp Re-Amp Box, ProD2 passive stereo DI, BigShot ABY

BBE Active DI, Behringer Ultra-DI

Acoustic stringstruments
1948 Hagstrom Orkestra jazz guitar strung with flats

Breedlove Pursuit 12-string guitar

Dreadnoughts: 2 Martins and an Alvarez made from Koa

Classical guitar made in Spain

Japanese Shamisen

Luthier-made Ecuadorian charango

Acoustic F-style mandolin

Lapsteel guitar

A cheapo banjo

Hawaiian Ukulele