View Full Version : Which acoustic did Michael Hedges play?
03-18-2012, 08:58 AM
Anyone know what his guitars of choice were?
His tone is incredible, and his playing even more so...
I just finally found his masterpiece (imo), Aerial Boundries, in a discount bin at some corner record store in Portland! Wow.. it sounds unbelievable. One of the biggest, and most rewarding, differences I have heard from Cd to Vinyl.
03-18-2012, 09:06 AM
Congrats on the record store score! I'm with you man.
He's associated with Martins, much of Aerial was probably a D-28. I believe he was playing something else live when I caught him in the mid 90's.
Huge loss. I still find Aerial and Breakfast very inspirational.
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03-18-2012, 09:10 AM
Haha.. I sure didn't look to hard, huh?! :P I still haven't fully accepted Wiki as a legit source..its great though!
Breakfast: Great album! I think I'll drop the needle on that one now, thanks :)
Just realized..I got both of these records for 99c. Ha, I told the lady in Portland she could have gotten a lot mote outta me for that Mint gem!
03-18-2012, 09:28 AM
I have an interesting story for you. At one time I lived around Baltimore and had a friend who, for a while, was a bar owner and fellow guitar player. He told me "you've got to come down to my bar to hear this guitar player. It was Michael Hedges and he was playing a Martin at that time. He was studying at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and somehow my friend met him and offered a job playing in his bar. Of course the rest is history. Shame that he passed away much too young.
People were throwing guitars at him later but his early stuff was mostly on his beat up D-28 he called Barbara "because she has played so many bars"
iirc it was a 70's
yes, his primary guitar was a D28 from very early '70's. He played a Lowden L25C (the same as a current O25C) for some lower tunings and had a Tak or two that he used sometimes. His harp guitar was a Dyer. His pickup system was a Sunrise magnetic with FRAP soundboard transducers although it is possible that the Taks used their UTS in combination with the Sunrise. I heard him a few months before he died and the Taks just didn't sound nearly as good as his other guitars. He was evidently very particular about the PA systems he used too.
03-18-2012, 07:33 PM
I saw him play at a small venue in Philly in November of 1997. I had seen him several times before, always blown away, but that night he was particularly inspired. At one point between songs he just strummed his guitar, letting a chord ring out, and admiring the acoustics he said "I love this place, it makes me want to compose". It was a particularly beautiful concert and his genius really sunk in for me. Two weeks later, he was dead. I will cherish the memory of that concert for the rest of my days.
03-18-2012, 09:01 PM
I miss Mike. Awesome, creative force.
03-22-2012, 05:22 PM
I think Breakfast in the Field was played on a Somogyi, at least according to the liner notes. Going from memory. . .
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