Rob Baker (guitarist)
Rob Baker performing with Stripper's Union, 2006
|Also known as||Bobby Baker|
|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. 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:
Ernie Ball Music Man: Silhouette Special
Paul Reed Smith: Custom
Rickenbacker: 360/12 JG
Reverend: Jetstream 390