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The Henhouse is a renowned Nashville-based recording and mixing facility owned and operated by Canadian guitarist/producer Steve Dawson. Originally opened in Vancouver in 2007, Dawson moved the studio moved to Nashville in 2013.

The Henhouse has hosted many incredible musicians and recording projects over the years, including many acclaimed and award-winning albums. Steve has earned 7 Juno Awards (Canada's highest honor for music) for his work in the studio.

Steve and The Henhouse are available for all of your recording and mixing needs. Peruse the site for more info on the studio rooms, gear and the recordings made here. The studio includes a fully serviced apartment, to make your project economical while working in Nashville. We are also recognized as a Canadian studio for those clients utilizing FACTOR for funding.

On this page you'll find photos and descriptions of the studio equipment. For info on the rooms, please click here.

INSTRUMENTS and amplifiers

The Henhouse contains an impressive collection of acoustic and electric instruments that are well maintained and regularly played. If you don't see what you need here, you can probably rent it here in Nashville!

Electric Guitars

Asher Electro-Hawaiian
Danelectro Baritone Guitar

Fender Stratocaster (x2)
Fender Telecaster
Williams Pedal Steel
Fender Precision Bass
Gibson Custom Shop SG '61
Silvertone Electric
Hammertone Mandotar
Magnatone Lap Steel
Epiphone Les Paul
Epiphone Casino

Acoustic Guitars

Celtic Cross Weissenborn (x2)
Dobro (Squareneck)
National Tricone
National Style-O

Deering Banjo
Gibson J50 (1955)
Gibson Style A Mandolin (1911)

Harmony Roy Smeck (Early 60's)
Michael Dunn Weissenborn
Johnson Reso Ukulele
Taylor Jumbo 12-String
Blueridge J45
Larivee Jumbo Guitar
Larivee Ukulele

Cuban Tres (Unknown Maker)


Hammond M3 Organ(1955)
147 Leslie with Trek II Pedal
Chickering Upright Piano
Estey Pump Organ
Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
Gibson Clavioline

Misc Instruments

Hohner Melodica

Many pedals and effects


Slingerland Radio King Set
Many new and vintage cymbals
Dunnett Titanium Snare

Lots of percussion toys!


Fender Deluxe Reverb
Fender Pro Junior
Supro Thunderbolt
Swart AST
Electroglide Head/Cab
Ampeg B-15


A carefully selected collection of pro audio gear has been installed, providing 24 channels of the highest quality recording.

(24 Channels available)

Neve 1073LB (x2)
Avedis MA5 (x2)
API 512C (x2)
Meris 440 (x2)
AEA RPQ (x2)
Chandler TG2 (2 Channels)
Universal Audio 4-710D
(4 Channels)
Demeter H-Series (2 Channels)
AEA TRP (2 channels)
Warm Audio WA412 (4 channels)


Neumann M49 (vintage)
Neumann KM184
Royer R-121 (x2)
AKG D20 (vintage)
Coles 4038
Cascade Fathead II (x2)
Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina (x2)
Ear Trumpet Labs Edna
Advanced Audio CM-47
Advanced Audio CM-12 (x2)
Advanced Audio CM-47 FET
Sennheiser MD 421 (x2)
Sennheiser e609 (x2)
Shure SM57 (x2)
Shure SM58
Shure Green Hornet
Apex 210

Recording/Mix Gear

Pro Tools HD12
Lynx Aurora 16 (x2 - 32 Channels)
Mara Machines 1/4" for mixdown
SSL Sigma Summing Mixer
Webster Wire Recorder
Avid Artist Mix (x2)


Retro Instruments 176
Smart Research C2 (2 Channels)
Warm Audio WA76 (x3)


ProAc 100
Hafler Transnova 9505
Yamaha NS-10


API 550a (x3)
API 560
Warm Audio EQP-WA (x2)


Pro Tools HD12
G-Force M-Tron Pro
Waves Rennaisance Bundle
UAD2 Thunderbolt Octo Card
(with many UAD plugins)
Izotope RX
Izotope Neutron