T Spoon Phillips
aka TSP, aka Todd Stuart Phillips,
aka That’s definitely him Officer, I’d know that face anywhere!
T Spoon Phillips, aka TSP, first rose to prominence in New York City as guitarist for the house band on Public Radio’s Natural Coffeehouse Radio Hour, and as founding member of the rock band the Cheese Beads. He has appeared as a solo act and a member of various combos 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 Actor’s Playhouse (Midnight Vaudeville), the Atlantic Theater (Dog and Pony Show New York), Westbeth Theater Center, Caffe Vivaldi, the Path Cafe, the Living Room, Barbes Brooklyn, Freddy’s Back Room, and Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, among many others.
His music has appeared in the many video reviews of high-end acoustic guitars he records for Maury’s Music in Coaldale, PA, and to accompany his in depth written reviews and articles at his own, blog One Man’s Guitar, followed by thousands of readers around the globe.
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.