T Spoon Phillips
aka TSP, aka Todd Stuart Phillips,
aka That’s definitely him Officer, I’d know that face anywhere!
The guitarist known as “Spoon,” was born in Findlay, Ohio. After which, he spent far too many years at Ohio University, in Athens, before relocating to New York City after finishing his post-graduate Masters work.
As a solo performer, as well as lead guitarist and founding member of the good-natured rock band, the Cheese Beads, Spoon spent the end of the twentieth century appearing on countless bills at many of the legendary music venues including CBGB’s, the Knitting Factory, McGovern’s, Fez under the Time Cafe, the Space at Chase, the West Bank Cafe, Dixon Place, the Actor’s Playhouse (Midnight Vaudeville), the Atlantic Theater (Dog and Pony Show New York), Westbeth Theater Center, and Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. He also appeared as guitarist for the house band on the Natural Coffeehouse Radio Hour, on NY Public Radio.
More recently, Spoon has performed at such NYC venues as the Living Room, Barbes Brooklyn, the Path Cafe, Freddy’s Back Room, and Caffe Vivaldi, as a featured soloist and in more acoustic-oriented ensembles. including the Paul Ukena Trio, the Highland Shatners, and his own band, Spoonville.
Spoon regularly performs at Martin’s on Main, as part of Martinfest, the annual celebration of Martin Guitars, in Nazareth, PA, and is also currently rehearsing with the Paul Ukena Trio for another year of gigs around New York City.
Spoon with a 1930 Martin OM-28
(photo: Robert Corwin)
Current Acoustics Guitars: (All made by C. F. Martin & Co.)
1966 D-28 – Purchased without a neck or usable top and converted to Adirondack spruce and prewar bracing by Brothers Music, but a modern 1-11/16″ Low Profile neck with a modern truss rod.
A pair of 000C-16s from 1994 and 1995, mahogany with Sitka spruce, full dovetail neck joint, deep cutaway, oval sound hole. These were the closest thing to a Standard OM-18 Martin made in the modern era. They have a long-scale neck and 1/4″ scalloped braces in the forward-shifted position, with an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. One of them has a bridge plate sensor K&K-style pickup.
2004 OMC-28B LJ – Brazilian rosewood Laurence Juber artist signature model, with a dual-source B-Band pickups (bridge plate and undersaddle.)
2007 000C-28V Custom – Madagascar rosewood, Adirondack spruce, short-scale neck with Golden Era V neck shape, 1/4″ GE Series bracing, maple binding. Fishman pickup. (Pictured below.)
2011 Deep Body OM-42 Slothead Custom – Madagascar rosewood, Adirondack spruce, Fishman pickup.
2017 000C-21 T Spoon Phillips model – Guatemalan rosewood, Adirondack Spruce, circa 1940 Style 21 appointments, Authentic Series features (thin finish, hide glue construction, etc.,) K&K pickup.
I use a Red Eye pre-amp for the K&K pickups, and a Fishman Aura pre-amp for the Juber and the Fishman and B-Band pickups.