is thrilled to play a wonderful Froggy
Bottom K-12 guitar with venetian cutaway, custom made for her
by her friend Michael Millard (and pictured at right). She calls
it Ol' 500 (for its serial number).
She has a new parlor-size Froggy Bottom guitar on the way too,
due in April. That one will be Lil' 800 (also named for its serial
number). You can see pictures of it in progress on
Annie's electric guitar of choice is a Gibson
Blueshawk, pictured on the cover of Swerve. And her amp is a
classic 1968 Fender Deluxe. She uses and endorses Elixir
A word about tunings
Annie uses, almost exclusively, DADEAD tuning. She says "I
call it drop dead tuning, because the top strings are DEAD."
Her playing is "really a Mississippi John Hurt thing,
that's where it all started. Because I tune my guitar funny,
it's got a more modern sound, but it's really John Hurt type
licks. I just love it. It's so full of possibilities. I keep
exploring it, and finding new things."