He was voted the best acoustic guitar player by Guitar Player Magazine for four years in a row.
Adrian developed problems with his back that cause him pain while playing guitar in concert. To alleviate this problem he has gone to great lengths to have an ergonomic guitar created. He elicited this task to U.K. luthier Bill Puplett.
The instruments unique design keeps him from having to bend over the guitars body while seated and keeps his back straight.
|Klien and Breadwinner|
Legg’s ergonomic instrument is reminiscent of the Klein guitar or Ovation Breadwinner; however it is more of an acoustic-electric style guitar, while the aforementioned are strictly electric instruments.
The guitars body is made of two-piece swamp ash, with a cavity hollowed out before joining and then vented on the treble side cutaway.
Legg states this flared soundhole helps with the out of phase coupling of the guitars sound chamber and opens out the high-end harmonics the instrument produces.
|Bill Keith banjo tuners|
On the headstocks front side are six levers that pull the strings to a tighter or looser position.
Puplett guitar, which he calls, Bill, is small enough to travel in the overhead bin of a Boeing 777.
The only way he could play music with them was to tune his guitar to DADGAD. Graham brought this tuning back to the U.K. and influenced a number of British and American folk musicians, including Paul Simon, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch and Jimmy Page. This tuning has been popular ever since.
This is important to Legg since MIDI converts the guitars sound to MIDI information to play the synth, while Hex models the guitars sound to create new sounds.
For travel Legg had a velcro-topped board built that could break down in 3 sections to enable a setup that could be easily carried in a small package.
modified Ovation Adamas with a super-shallow body and extra light strings to assist in the steel guitar-like bends that are common in his songs.
This guitar was also equipped with a set of Keith banjo tuners to accomodate Legg’s unusual tunings and string bends.
Although Legg has stated in the past how much he appreciated the Ovation connection, his chronic back problems have since worsened with age. Therefore it is difficult for him to play the Adamas in concert.