Ben Harper

As Ben Harper states himself, he is in constant seek of new sounds and guitars. Guitar shopping is actually a hobby for him. On electric guitars he seems to stick to his own Asher signature model (changing colors only in the last years). On acoustic slide guitars you can find him always with his original Style 4s, original Weissenborns…. In recent years, the most remarkable instruments used are a lovely Tony Francis teardrop (with binding, something that Hermann Weissenborn never made), a Lyon and Healy 1926 bell-shaped Hawaiian (see Fretboard Journal picture), a harp-steel guitar made by David Dart with sympathetic strings.
Ben Harper owns his old grandparents music store in Claremont, California. The Folk Music Center has been a reference for years now in musical instruments.

  • Ben Harper with his Style 4 Weissenborn ©Sandy Caspers
  • Ben Harper´s road instruments. 2 Weissenborn Style 4s, a Weissenborn Teardrop and 3 Asher Ben Harper model (Weissenborn.es now owns the second of them) ©Tim Stark
  • Ben Harper with an extremely rare 1926 Lyon & Healy Bell shaped Hawaiian ©The Fretboard Journal
  • ©Tim Stark
  • Some of Ben Harper´s instruments @The Fretboard Journal
 

At the 2008 tour, Ben used 10 different instruments. A 1930´s teardrop and 2 Style 4 as original Weissenborns. All of them fitter with Seymour Duncan magmics. He also too a couple of HM Ben Harper Special Edition, a Custom shop Fender Telecaster a Les Paul Junior and 3 Asher Ben Harpers. One of those Asher Ben Harpers is now in the Weissenborn.es collection.

As Tim Stark states (Tim was his instrument tech. for the 2008 Europe tour), he would change the strings on Weissenborns and acoustic guitars everyday (with an average use of 6 songs). Ben Harper only uses D´Addario strings