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Monday
Jul102017

Bill Frisell

I was fortunate to catch up with the great Bill Frisell on opening night of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. We met backstage at the Melbourne Recital Centre before his When You Wish Upon A Star show.

I snuck in early with my photographer friend and fellow guitar nerd - Kristoffer Paulsen to set up a green room full of Harvesters with an amplifier. For nearly an hour Bill played and discussed the guitars with us, he found a talking point or a unique sound in each guitar and we enjoyed a solo gig for an audience of two.

* lush pics by Kristoffer Paulsen

 

It was a treat to watch Bill play my instruments and then to lend him a guitar for some transcendent local shows with his trio.

Thanks, Bill, Petra and Claudia for taking the time to catch up with us,

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Monday
May152017

Jeff Tweedy's Harvester Guitars

 

I love this pic from the great rock and portrait photographer Zoran Orlic.

It was a pleasure to build a custom guitar for Jeff - the Harvester Antonio metal-necked model in his left hand and to then sell one of my arty 'tangent' guitars to him this year - the Harvester 'Jovian Green' in his right hand.

It's great to see these two wildly different instruments together!

Thanks to all at The Loft, WILCO's amazing Chicago recording studio for your support.

 

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Thursday
Feb232017

Melbourne Guitar Exhibition 

I'll have a guitar in this event here in Melbourne this coming weekend.

At Soma Gallery 421 Sydney Road Brunswick, opening from 6PM friday ...

For local folks it's a chance to see what's happening with a whole range of Australian guitar makers.

Thanks, AP

 

Monday
Jul252016

Hot Press 

Some shout-outs lately that meant a lot to me.

Firstly from the good people at The Loft recording studio in Chicago - home of the band WILCO and now home to Jeff Tweedy's Harvester Antonio guitar - equipped with 'the full mastery' bridge and trem ...

Then this from The Fretboard Journal, everybody's favourite guitar magazine.

They really seem to understand where i'm coming from ( and they've probably never even seen Sunshine North, Victoria ! )

If you have an instagram account and don't mind it filling up with guitars then you know what to do !

Look ! they put me on the same page ( floating in space ) as Saul Koll.

Five To Follow

 

 

 cheers, AP

 

 

Sunday
May152016

A Meeting of the Aaron Huffman Admiration Society 

On April 10th 2016 a musical memorial was held for Aaron Huffman, Seattle bass-guitarist, graphic designer and artist.

Aaron was a customer of mine and was to take delivery of a Harvester bass guitar this year, planned through many emails between player and luthier, both of us designers and bass players. I can't pretend to truly know my far-flung customers based solely on our nerdy exchanges about 'gear' but there was clearly some common ground between us and I enjoyed working out the finer points of an instrument with someone who really 'got' what I'm all about and could articulate the overlap between the form, function and history of the instruments that we know and love.

Photograph by Mindy Huffman

Aaron died in March of respiratory failure following a long illness - before his Harvester bass was completed.

The instrument was finished as planned and delivered to Aaron's wife Mindy in time for the memorial where it could be played by friends and bandmates along with Aaron's other instruments.

 

Nick Harmer ( with Aaron's Harvester bass ) and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie play a song by Aaron's band Harvey Danger at the memorial. * Photo courtesy of Robertsen Ashman


While working to finish the bass in time for the event I thought a lot about Aaron and after reading his friend's tributes in the days following his death, I snooped around to find out more about Aaron's music and his design work.

Check this out - a painting of Aaron's simply titled 'Sidekicks' ...

See some of Aaron's very cool design work here.

Known as the bass player and cofounder of the band Harvey Danger, Aaron was more recently the respected and apparently invaluable Art Director at Seattle weekly magazine The Stranger. You can read more about his work in this tribute.

One of the pleasures of my work is getting to know my customers. Through ( or in spite of ) all that gear-talk I get to meet some amazing individuals.

Thanks Aaron and Mindy,

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Nick Harmer ( with Aaron's Harvester bass ) of Death Cab For Cutie plays a song by Aaron's band Harvey Danger at the memorial. * Photo courtesy of Robertsen Ashman