Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger hung out with Ben Harper and his long-time guitarist Jason Mozersky before a gig at Nashville’s revered Ryman Auditorium. Harper and Mozersky took PG through a slew of truly one-of-a-kind axes and amps going well over an hour.
Ben Harper tours with this Asher Mozo Custom (which is co-guitarist Jason Mozersky’s signature model) that’s loaded with a ’53 Tele pickup in the bridge and a Charlie Christian pickup in the neck, both made by Seymour Duncan. All of Harper’s electric guitars are strung up with D’Addario EXL115w (.011–.049) strings.
This early 2000s Fender Custom Shop Telecaster is in the boat for when Ben Harper needs some old-school twang. He obtained this from Magpie Salute guitarist Marc Ford in a straight-up swap. Ford really liked one of Harper’s single-pickup Teles, so the two made a deal on the spot.
Ben Harper pulls no punches when it comes to his amps. For this run, he used a pair of Dumble creations. This one was the eighth Dumble ever made! He got it from one of his early mentors, David Lindley. The head runs into two 12 Celestion speakers, one housed in a tweed Glasswerks cab and the other is in the green Dumble combo.