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  1. Matt Sarad

    Swaporama!

    I used it for 90 minutes today with a fiddle player and a drummer using brushes and a snare. Played some Robert Johnson, Hot Tuna, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia. Sounded great.
  2. Matt Sarad

    Swaporama!

    A friend wanted a Strat. We swapped my Brondel for his National. He works at National. Every year he gets to build a personal instrument free of charge. He can have it until I want it back. Ditto for his National.
  3. Matt Sarad

    What's your hometown's claim to fame

    Howard Alexander Dumble grew up here in Bakersfield. He was part of my big brother's circle of friends. I met Howard in 1967. I was 12.
  4. Matt Sarad

    Suggestions for a Rockabilly/Jazz Tube amp for bedroom practice - under $800 new/$500 Used?

    I use Tweed Deluxes with a J Rockett Mr. Moto.
  5. Matt Sarad

    Contractors/flippers/builders/interior design aficionados : when will white/black/grey/oatmeal be over ?

    My brother sold a rental. The guy that bought it flipped it after the white paint, faux granite, and manufactured flooring. The electrical and plumbing were left alone. The guys that bought it it are finding out they have to spend a whole lot more. Coming from LA to Bakersfield they thought they...
  6. Matt Sarad

    Contractors/flippers/builders/interior design aficionados : when will white/black/grey/oatmeal be over ?

    I paid off my 110 year shingled bungalow after 30 years and 4 refis. I redid the electrical, plumbing, added dual pac AC and solar panels. With $100k left, I hope I can add a bathroom and redo the kitchen.
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    Contractors/flippers/builders/interior design aficionados : when will white/black/grey/oatmeal be over ?

    Flipped houses in my hundred year old neighborhood are white, white with black trim, black with white, and shades of grey. Interiors are white with granite. I want to paint my house lavender with lime green trim.
  8. Matt Sarad

    Grassers: Do you NEED a red spruce top to be heard?

    My 1982 SCGC Dread Cutaway is Sitka and Brazilian. With medium gauge strings, it is plenty loud.
  9. Matt Sarad

    Hagstrom Swede (Deluxe) vintage

    I believe one of the original guitarists in Kansas had one. Coryel used his here: Closeup around 5:30
  10. Matt Sarad

    Jazzmaster owners club

    A friend just gave me a set of Harmonic Design Z90s to replace the stock pickups in my MIM Jazzmaster.
  11. Matt Sarad

    What brand of boots do you wear?

    I'm wearing my resoled 25 year old Justin Ropers. I've been wearing cowboy boots since I was 10. Yard work and hiking are Salomon.
  12. Matt Sarad

    Howard Alexander Dumble 1965

    https://garagehangover.com/epics/
  13. Matt Sarad

    Howard Alexander Dumble 1965

  14. Matt Sarad

    What's your hometown's claim to fame

    Merle and the Strangers Buck and the Roos And... Korn!
  15. Matt Sarad

    Alexander Howard Dumble RIP ?

    Maribeth shares: Howard Alexander Dumble Rest In Sweet Peace... Oh so many memories! He was my date for my senior grad night 1969. Days of sitting on a bench watching him tinker with amps in the garage at his parents home. Taking trips to LA. His family and mine were very close and spent some...
  16. Matt Sarad

    Alexander Howard Dumble RIP ?

    LA Vintage guitar Instagram No confirmation as of yet. I met Howard when I was 12. I saw him play guitar with a band in the late 60s here in Bakersfield. He was a friend of my big brother.
  17. Matt Sarad

    Danny Gatton nitpickin

  18. Matt Sarad

    Paul Reed Smith owners unite.

    I looked for years to find this. Put in Harmonic Design Vintage Plus P90s.
  19. Matt Sarad

    would this grain pattern on the headstock bother you?

    I've broken my melody maker three times in 48 years. The 335 only once.
  20. Matt Sarad

    would this grain pattern on the headstock bother you?

    More Gibsons necks have broken than Fenders.
  21. Matt Sarad

    Who's making the best acoustic guitars these days?

    When I was still teaching, I could afford a new guitar with 1-2 months salary. Now that I'm retired, the used market keeps me on my toes looking for under 3k. Slim pickings to be sure.
  22. Matt Sarad

    The weight of putting a dog down

    I know that pain. Huckleberry
  23. Matt Sarad

    Flipping

    Flipping is a right to be sure. I've flipped a few guitars myself. To go from 4k to 7k seems to be fishing for suckers.
  24. Matt Sarad

    Flipping

    It was 3,000 miles away. It looked pristine. I was familiar with the makers. It was just not for me. No second thoughts at all. It was a special order by the original owner.
  25. Matt Sarad

    Flipping

    A few months ago I found a very unique acoustic guitar at a great price. It came on a 48 hour approval. I didn't like the sound and sent it back. Now it's for sale at another shop for $3,000 more. I contacted the shop with that information. I've sold at a profit before, but this seems a bit...




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