Stanley Jordan’s Gear

Stanley Jordan's Gear

Stanley Jordan is a jazz guitarist who can play two guitars at the same time using his unique tapping technique. It blew me away the first time I saw a video of him playing Autumn Leaves with his trio. Stanley uses a very specific gear setup for recording and performing.

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Stanley Jordan's Gear

  • Vigier Arpege Series II (with a flat fingerboard) – This is Stanley’s main guitar which he has been using for over 25 years
  • Casio PG-380 Midi Guitar Synth – He had one of these Midi guitars back in the day
  • Starr Labs Ztar – Guitar Midi controller with a bunch of buttons which he could use like a piano
  • Ibanez Artcore Semi-Hollow



Sometimes, Stanley just goes direct into the monitors to get a fuller sound that isn’t focused on the mid ranged frequencies like guitar amps.


Stanley used to use much more effects such as wahs, Midi sounds and other effects, but now he keep his setup simple and minimal.

Sources: Interview, Ztar Video, Vigier Guitars

Watch his amazing rendition of Autumn Leaves:

3 Replies to “Stanley Jordan’s Gear”

  1. Thank for the information concerning the guitar, amps, and effects. What I have been searching for is what Stanley is using to dampen his strings so effectively. Please send me some ideas if you have any. So far the string dampeners I have found are not that great.

  2. Going to see ,eeeerrrrrrrr, hear you tonight!! Saw you a couple of years ago at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz festival. I’ve seen LC quite a few times over the last 20 years, so I know this will be a fantastic show. Thanks for all of the great notes and music over the years. Sincerely, Brian M. Baker

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