PHOTO: Focused on tuning. Brad Macchioni in his native habitat.
Yesterday we invested a few hours in shooting some video. The more I tested the claro walnut modern archtop the more I realized what an extraordinary instrument that guitar truly is, and we had only a small window of time before machine shipped today. I wanted a record of it for my personal notes.
I'm not sure yet if the video will become public. Due to the combination of amplifier and recording space I don't know if the captured sound does the instrument justice. This guitar performs modern metal exceptionally well, but it truly deserves to shine in the hands of a skilled jazz player, through an appropriate signal chain. Brad shredded with spectacular abandon...but at the end of the session we both looked at each other and said: "This guitar needs something more than what we just caught. It is so fluid, sweet, and clear."
I have a feeling its new owner will take it there.
Speaking of Brad, I want to thank him for all of his hard work and dedication. He is proving himself every day with his people skills, craftsmanship, and strategic planning. It is an honor to be sharing knowledge with a focused, dedicated student. In transferring my thoughts to him, it feels like a part of me will live on after I am gone. Preserving some of this information I am gathering that is too complex (or intuitive) for written words.