Joel Tepp

"My McElroy guitar is two works of art in one object. The tone is impeccable, very distinctive and it became a valuable recording tool from the first hour I had it in my hands. More than that, Brent is a master artist and his love and understanding of the soul of wood is apparent as soon as you look at this instrument. Elegant and tasteful are words that immediately come to mind. It is very rare to find an instrument that sounds this good and simultaneously stands on its own merits as a work of visual art. It is a real treat to own my McElroy 00."
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Joel with his new Sitka/ Madagascar Rosewood Standard model

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Joel trying out a new McElroy Sitka/ Walnut Standard on a recent visit to the shop

Joel Tepp is a familiar face as a multi-instrument accompanist at Northwest concerts, in California, Kerrville and beyond.  He has regularly added his slide guitar, harmonica and clarinet stylings to the music of Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Danny O'Keefe, Iain Matthews, Spencer Davis, Caroline Aiken and many others. In addition to these artists, his recording credits include Jerry Garcia, Crazy Horse, John David Souther, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, several major films, television shows and much more.  In his early years, he learned from the masters, not through recordings but by accompanying them on tour and gaining his musical knowledge face to face, one on one.  His teachers and departed friends include Johnny Shines, Bukka White, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Sippi Wallace, Magic Sam and Shakey Jake.


Joel Tepp's Guitars
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00 model
 Bearclaw Sitka Spruce/ Quilted Bigleaf Maple
Koa binding, Maple burl rosette, Koa headstock overlay


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Standard Model
Sitka Spruce/ Madagascar Rosewood
Ebony binding, Striped Ebony rosette