Matt Hayden

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  • in reply to: New wood for projects… #2467

    Matt Hayden
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    I will, when time permits.

  • in reply to: F Cutaway Vs. FTC #2358

    Matt Hayden
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    Having spent time with Tad’s FTCs and Fs, as well as a few others, I think Tad is on point. The FTC is not entirely an archtop, nor a flattop. In maple, it has great clarity and power which are useful in a variety of contexts, not least playing rhythm.  Single-note soloing feels like an archtop until the lower register, where it warms up like a flattop.  Alternating thumb picking gets the best of both – great warmth in the bass and lots of volume in the treble. It’s versatile and is more guitar than I need, in the sense that I’ll reach my limits as a player before the instrument imposes limits on me.

    The F has a similar voice but, of course, biased towards a flat top sound.  I like the design – specifically a custom F made for acousticmusic.com in CT some years ago.  It had mahogany b/s, spruce top, and the FS headstock. It was a glorious guitar with an airy open voice that enveloped the player, very warm and clear. And as much as I like them in rosewood, that one was better….

    /mh

  • in reply to: how to post pix ?? #2163

    Matt Hayden
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    That is a LARGE bandsaw….

  • in reply to: Expanding the reach of this forum #2120

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    I think it’s a matter of word of mouth, ultimately.   Yes, we could probably grow this faster but too much growth too fast can lead to instability and contention and the occasional pot-stirrer.

    I’ve shared this with a few people and one or two of them have shown up.   It’s a matter of self selection – people will find us if they need to.  Maybe SCGC can mention us in one of the email updates, or put in a brief blurb on the website….

    This forum has led to a variety of good things – at the 35th, Matt and I getting to play with Bob Brozman while he was counting out different rhythms with each hand and foot, the 40th where I got to play the Zorro D – that thing is LOUD in addition to sounding beautiful – playing with Chris and Tad and Eric and Matt and Bill, watching my Swedish friend Anders fall in love with a 00-Skye and getting it on Sunday morning (Hank, you drove him to Sylvan for that, right?).  It’s not an enormous group but it’s a great one.  And we need to invite people we trust if we want it to grow.

  • in reply to: Today was a DADGAD Day #2110

    Matt Hayden
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    Glad you liked the book – it is a really good collection of tunes, isn’t it?

    i would like to try the tree OM sometime.  It’s probably both beautiful sounding and beautiful to see.

    Tune the G down to F# and make a slide out of a wine bottle and that’s the next frontier!

    /mh

  • in reply to: Of splinters and fingers…. #2048

    Matt Hayden
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    Yeah.  That extended thing was was mostly whining about not being able to play – thanks for indulging.

  • in reply to: always a bit envious #2047

    Matt Hayden
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    Playing with other people well requires playing with other people….sometimes poorly…first.

    Raif Zabor talks about this in his novel “The Bear Comes Home”:

    “Look, there are three kinds of chops and they have less to do with each other than you think: the kind of chops when  you’re practicing alone, the kind when you play with other people, and then there’s the kind of chops you play with other people in front of an audience. They’re three different things. The way I understand it, you’ve been sittin’ home for a long time. Of course you’re gonna have some off nights. There’s no possible way you can expect yourself to know how to road.”

    Play with other people as much as you can….it comes with time.  And don’t neglect the ‘nome at home.

     

  • in reply to: My most current/only SCGC #2023

    Matt Hayden
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    Some pretty guitars.  Mine’s a bit worn from use but it’s still my go-to.

  • in reply to: Taylor vs. SCGC #2003

    Matt Hayden
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    I’ve got a not-quite-twenty-year-old 312ce that I received in trade for some woodwork.

    It’s a perfectly ok guitar. Not great but it plays well and is ergonomically comfy.

    When I first got it, I hoped it’d be sort of OM-ish, with a lot of balance, but it *is* biased towards higher frequencies.  Acoustically it sounds ok but not great (“great” being defined by my SCGC OM cutaway and its siblings).

    Plugged in is another matter – it came with a Fishman Onboard Blender in mono; that died and got replaced by a stereo version.  It sounds *great* amplified, which came as a surprise. My OM also sounds great amplified, but the Taylor’s lower value and relative replace-ability mean that it gets used for shows where there’s greater risk of loss or serious damage (e.g., the biker bar in town here, which is fun to play, but dayum I’ve seen too many instruments broken by stumbling drunks).

    They all have their place.  Keep playin’ ‘em and you’ll figure out what works.

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  • in reply to: European Spruce ?? #1994

    Matt Hayden
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    Irvine – in the article, it noted that several of the larger European wood suppliers were selling wood to Americans, and Abies glauca was indeed being subbed for Picea abies.   I don’t think they look at all alike – Picea abies has a lot of transparency compared to Abies spp – but this was twenty years ago.

  • in reply to: Songs & Tunes #1993

    Matt Hayden
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    Just added Marti Jones’ 1985-ish song “Crusher” to the list at a friend’s request. INteresting tune; she’s rewritten some of the lyrics to make it work better.

  • in reply to: Happy St Patty's Day…this should not be allowed #1992

    Matt Hayden
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    Yeah, that works.  Oh, to be able to play like that….

  • in reply to: P90s #1980

    Matt Hayden
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    Hmm, if you still have those P90 Duncans, I’d be v interested!!

  • in reply to: El Ramuda #2466

    Matt Hayden
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    It’s excellent.  And there are more than one – there’s the one at his warehouse, and the one at his house.  SO MANY GOOD GUITARS.

    All y’all are so neat with your guitar collection.  Daniel’s seen my collection (I’ll post a picture later) and it’s not a jumble, but it *is* a spare bedroom with limited wall space, a couch, and bunches of acoustic guitars, basses, amps (including 2000 watts of bass amp that I do not need), mandolins, baglama sazes, and assorted electrics.  Plus at least two or three empty cases and a stash of gig bags.

    The cat thinks it’s the best place in the world.  Lots of soft places to sleep, and as a kitten, he was in there with me and Daniel and Tad playing in a circle, and it’s become his favorite spot.

    /mh

     

  • in reply to: Today was a DADGAD Day #2164

    Matt Hayden
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    Heh…I’ll come to FL.  Why the objection to slide?

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