Matt Hayden

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  • in reply to: Spectrum 12 string set #4890
    Matt Hayden
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    Hi Hank

    The grooves in the saddle are likely worn in by the strings – strings seem to do that; they’re inherently abrasive.  and the nut action could cause them to go sharp when capping.

    Ultimately, though, it’s the adjustment to string length rather than string height that determines in-tune-ness.  And that is a fussy thing.  It’s possible to make 12-strings play more in tune by intonating the octave string to the front of the saddle and the normal string further back, but it takes time and effort.  See the diagram below for a better idea.  I’m doing this now on an old Ovation Glen Campbell and it’s making me glad I have both an abundance of patience and an abundance of tiny files.  So far, I have the lowest 3 strings in reasonable tune, and will finish it up this weekend.  The saddle looks like a piece of abstract art, but it works…..

    12-string intonation

     

    in reply to: It’s hard to let go – #4888
    Matt Hayden
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    If you’ve played many of the SCGC archtops – I’ve only played a few – they’re amazing.  I think the one that mostly got my attention was very small – it was natural finish, spruce and (IIRC) maple, and relatively small (15” I think, or 16”? Richard Hoover, was that a thing?).  It had the deco inlays.  I played it while I was in CA years ago on travel from the east coast, well before moving here – one of the private equity financiers we were working with had it.

    Anyhow, it was the single best fingerstyle archtop I’ve ever played.  Acoustically it was just perfect – it was punchy and clear, big fat trebles for playing leads, stayed clear while playing hugely dissonant chords (think the opening chords of “Seven Steps to Heaven” with major seconds), and had a little flamenco-yes rasp in the sound.    With a pick it was nice, but with fingernails, oh man.  Chord-melody for days, and definitely more acoustic than electric.  It was amazing.

    That’ll happen someday, after my ship really comes in (go public, company!!! I want my stock to be worth something!!).  Fortunately I have the OM and 00-29 to keep me busy; they’re not lacking.

    in reply to: It’s hard to let go – #4887
    Matt Hayden
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    It’s a sign.  It means that there’s a recording project in the future with that bass’ name on it.

    Signed, the guy who’s been trying to sell his Bozo dread and keeps not doing it (and having Bruce Sexauer refret it…).

     

    in reply to: Selling stuff…..what’s the collected wisdom? #4873
    Matt Hayden
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    The goal is, I think, to reduce the herd – or maybe the horde – to a couple of steel strings, a classical, two basses (upright and electric), and a couple of electrics that cover the range (SSS/HH/T/P90), gtr amp, bass amp/cab, and small PA.

    It’s harder to get rid of stuff than it is to get it…..

     

    in reply to: SOLD Gibson CF-100 vintage 1956 project #4871
    Matt Hayden
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    Great shade of Leon Redbone!   That’s gorgeous.

    in reply to: Spectrum 12 string set #4869
    Matt Hayden
    Participant

    How is the saddle on the Taylor compensated?  If the octave strings are compensated to the same length as the regular gauge strings, they will always go sharp, irrespective of the brand.  This is saddle (and possibly nut, depending on how far you’re willing to go) and  string geometry, not the strings.

    Google “12 string guitar saddle compensation” and look at the different solutions people have used to correct the string length (compensation) on 12 strings.  It’s not common that the saddle on a 12-string is adequately wide (most are 3/32” or 2.3mm) to fully compensate the normal and octave strings, so some people widen the slot, while others add second saddles resting atop the bridge for the third through sixth courses to allow the octave strings to be compensated to play in tune.

    (Signed, working on this on an older Ovation Glen Campbell 12-string. It’s maddening to try to intonate a 3/32” saddle on a 12-string.)

     

     

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    in reply to: Santa Cruz Coffee Break #13 Zoomin’ with Lisa Liu #4845
    Matt Hayden
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    As an owner of a slightly custom 00-29, I can tell you that you’ll be delighted.  It’s worth the wait.

     

     

    in reply to: Anyone get the new Fretboard Journal yet? #4843
    Matt Hayden
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    SO.JEALOUS of you retired guys.

    in reply to: It’s hard to let go – #4839
    Matt Hayden
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    The one I played was over the top good.  I mean, it was an acoustic archtop, in the sense that a mandolin is.  Lots of sound and good balance.  It was dry and woody and the top end cut well.

    in reply to: Where I live #4838
    Matt Hayden
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    Heh. I remember when Kelvyn was involved with SCGC as a dealer in Hawai’i, and he had a bash at a place up near Jamestown or Bridgeport in the Sierra.  that’s a name I haven’t heard in years…..

    in reply to: Where I live #4835
    Matt Hayden
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    Just stay high and dry and don’t let the hurricanes get you.

    The remuda will keep you busy trying to play music that is as peaceful as those pics.

    in reply to: Anyone get the new Fretboard Journal yet? #4833
    Matt Hayden
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    Just got here!  Going to be a good read.

    ….Lunch beer?   I’m not living my right life, apparently.  I gotta get to this retirement thing.

    in reply to: Anyone get the new Fretboard Journal yet? #4826
    Matt Hayden
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    Yes.  Patience is Usually my strong suit,  but we wants it, precioussss, we does.

    in reply to: It’s hard to let go – #4825
    Matt Hayden
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    I didn’t know the designation, but I played one in 2013 at the Xmas party.  Basically pretty close to a perfect archtop. Big clear bottom end for a carved top guitar -Freddie Greene would have loved it.

    in reply to: It’s hard to let go – #4810
    Matt Hayden
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    If you don’t play it, and someone else will, then let it go.

    And I don’t know what an FJZ is….

     

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