Rob Baker (guitarist)

For other people with the same name, see Robert Baker.
Rob Baker

Rob Baker performing with Stripper's Union, 2006
Background information
Also known as Bobby Baker
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts The Tragically Hip, Stripper's Union

Rob Baker (born April 12, 1962) is a Canadian guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip.[1] He has also released an album with the side project Stripper's Union in 2005.

Life and career

Baker was born in Kingston, Ontario. He is the son of the late Judge P.E.D. Baker. Baker is a former student of Queen's University where he studied visual art. Later he designed many of the band's T-shirts and album art. Until the Tragically Hip's fifth release, Day for Night, he was credited in the liner notes as Bobby Baker.

He was inducted—as a member of the Tragically Hip—to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in April 2005 at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was also one of the winners of a 1999 Juno Award for Best Album Design, for The Tragically Hip release Phantom Power.


Up until the mid-1990s, he used a 1970s burnt umber Fender Stratocaster, a thirteenth birthday gift from his father, along with Mesa Boogie amplification and more recently Hamilton amplifiers. He now uses a variety of guitars such as Paul Reed Smith, Ernie Ball Music Man and Ovation Guitars, as well as a cream coloured Fender Telecaster, and Garrison acoustics.

Baker uses these specific guitar models on stage:

Garrison: G-41-CE

Garrison: G-50-CE

Ernie Ball Music Man: Silhouette Special

Paul Reed Smith: Custom

Rickenbacker: 360/12 JG

Fender: Stratocaster

Fender: Telecaster

Reverend: Jetstream 390


  1. Wilson, MacKenzie. "Biography: The Tragically Hip". AMG. Retrieved May 14, 2010.

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