Show Us Your Gear: Unique Instruments
Mark Ryan's Weissenbaby, Starman, and Astroboy
The Weissenbaby (left) is handmade by Nick Carpenter of Wildwood Instruments in Australia. It has a single pickup and Mark says it sounds like a small Weissenborn-style lapsteel. The Starman (middle) was a garage sale find with a matching case. Mark says, "The P-90s will tear your head off--ugly and dangerous." Astroboy (right) has a speaker, effects loop, kill switch, and vintage Ibanez humbucker. It operates on a 9-volt battery, which Mark says sounds best when the battery is almost dead. "Sounds great with bizarre tunings and a slide. A sick puppy," he says.