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Matt Backer was born in New Orleans in a log cabin he helped build. He has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Belgium, the Caribbean, and Leamington Spa.
He is a waste of a good education, residing in London with his wife and children.

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Ten Days til Christmas....Guitar Nerd Style!

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Gibson Flying V

Guitar history: Part of Gibson's "modernist" guitars. Issued in 1958 along with The Explorer and The Moderne, The Flying V featured a radical, futuristic body design. The Flying V was discontinued in 1959 due to poor sales.
Manufacturer: Gibson (1958)
Who played it: Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix
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Paul Beard Resonator/Dobro

Guitar History: Designed by legendary builder Paul Beard, The Gold Tone is hand made and provides unmatched tone. All USA assembly and set up
Manufacturer: Paul Beard
Who played it: Bill Blue, Vince Gill, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo
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Gibson Flying V

Guitar history: Part of Gibson's "modernist" guitars. Issued in 1958 along with The Explorer and The Moderne, The Flying V featured a radical, futuristic body design. The Flying V was discontinued in 1959 due to poor sales.
Manufacturer: Gibson (1958)
Who played it: Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix

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Paul Beard Resonator/Dobro

Guitar History: Designed by legendary builder Paul Beard, The Gold Tone is hand made and provides unmatched tone. All USA assembly and set up
Manufacturer: Paul Beard
Who played it: Bill Blue, Vince Gill, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo
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Vintage White Fender Telecaster

History: The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensible workhorse instrument, it endures remarkably unchanged as a marvel of elegantly simple form and solidly utilitarian function. As the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar, the Telecaster revolutionized guitar playing, changed the sound of music and became a signature instrument for guitarists worldwide.- fender.com
Manufacturer: Fender
Who Played it: Jeff Buckley, Steve Cropper, Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, Jeff Beck

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Honey Burst Les Paul

History: The Les Paul is a solid body guitar first sold in 1952. It was designed by Ted McCarty who enlisted Les Paul to endorse the model. By the late 50's, the Les Paul was considered old fashioned, too heavy and too expensive for most players. Manufacturing ceased in 1961. In the mid 60's Eric Clapton singlehandedly revived the Les Paul by using it on his breakthrough record Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.
Manufacturer: Gibson
Who played it: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John Mayall, Michael Bloomfield

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Battered 1963 Stratocaster
Manufacturer: Fender
History: Designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, the stratocaster has been in production continuously since Leo Fender created it
Who played it? David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton
Matt's strat story: Bought in London in 1986. Nick Dias, now at Norm's, sold it to me and can corroborate this story. I popped into the shop and fell in love. It was £800.00. I put £50.00 down despite not having the money and no idea where or how I was going to get it. I returned home, in a panic. On the doormat was an envelope from WEA records ( remember them?). Inside was a cheque ( remember them?) for the fee for the first record I ever played on. For £800.00.

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1959 Gretsch Jet Firebird
Manufacturer: Gretsch
History: The Jet Fire Bird first appeared in the company's 1955 Guitars For Moderns catalog. The flashy little semi-solid was the only production-model Gretsch to feature the vibrant Oriental Red top (the only others were the guitars specially built for Bo Diddley). The perfectly contrasting ebony black finish on the back, sides, and neck, combined with the chrome-plated hardware, offered a strong visual statement! Gretsch touted the Jet Fire Bird as being "for the progressive guitarist.- Vintage Guitar Magazine
Who played it? Brian Setzer, Brandi Carlisle, Duane Eddy

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Gibson LG 1 Acoustic
Manufacturer: Gibson Guitars
History: Elvis Presley played a 1963 version of this acoustic in the 1963 movie It Happened At the World's Fair. Elvis was infamous for treating guitars roughly, often tossing them to Charlie Hodge, who sometimes did not catch them.
Who played it: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore (Elvis' guitarist)
Photo by Julian Lennon
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Candy Apple Red Precision Bass
Manufacturer: Fender Guitars
History: Fender's bass guitar was the world's first bass guitar and remains an integral part of music history.
Who played it: Duff McKagan, Roger Water
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Fender Mandolin
Manufacturer: Fender
History:The modern mandolin evolved from the mandore, a stringed instrument common in the 14th centure
Who plays it: Vince Gill, Sam Bush, David Gilmour, Kristin Bush (Sugarland), Peter Buck (REM)
Photo: Matt Backer with Nick Heyward Band (2013)
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Gibson Flying V

Guitar history: Part of Gibson's "modernist" guitars. Issued in 1958 along with The Explorer and The Moderne, The Flying V featured a radical, futuristic body design. The Flying V was discontinued in 1959 due to poor sales.
Manufacturer: Gibson (1958)
Who played it: Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix

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Paul Beard Resonator/Dobro

Guitar History: Designed by legendary builder Paul Beard, The Gold Tone is hand made and provides unmatched tone. All USA assembly and set up
Manufacturer: Paul Beard
Who played it: Bill Blue, Vince Gill, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo
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Vintage White Fender Telecaster

History: The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensible workhorse instrument, it endures remarkably unchanged as a marvel of elegantly simple form and solidly utilitarian function. As the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar, the Telecaster revolutionized guitar playing, changed the sound of music and became a signature instrument for guitarists worldwide.- fender.com
Manufacturer: Fender
Who Played it: Jeff Buckley, Steve Cropper, Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, Jeff Beck

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Honey Burst Les Paul

History: The Les Paul is a solid body guitar first sold in 1952. It was designed by Ted McCarty who enlisted Les Paul to endorse the model. By the late 50's, the Les Paul was considered old fashioned, too heavy and too expensive for most players. Manufacturing ceased in 1961. In the mid 60's Eric Clapton singlehandedly revived the Les Paul by using it on his breakthrough record Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.
Manufacturer: Gibson
Who played it: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John Mayall, Michael Bloomfield

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Battered 1963 Stratocaster
Manufacturer: Fender
History: Designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, the stratocaster has been in production continuously since Leo Fender created it
Who played it? David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton
Matt's strat story: Bought in London in 1986. Nick Dias, now at Norm's, sold it to me and can corroborate this story. I popped into the shop and fell in love. It was £800.00. I put £50.00 down despite not having the money and no idea where or how I was going to get it. I returned home, in a panic. On the doormat was an envelope from WEA records ( remember them?). Inside was a cheque ( remember them?) for the fee for the first record I ever played on. For £800.00.

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1959 Gretsch Jet Firebird
Manufacturer: Gretsch
History: The Jet Fire Bird first appeared in the company's 1955 Guitars For Moderns catalog. The flashy little semi-solid was the only production-model Gretsch to feature the vibrant Oriental Red top (the only others were the guitars specially built for Bo Diddley). The perfectly contrasting ebony black finish on the back, sides, and neck, combined with the chrome-plated hardware, offered a strong visual statement! Gretsch touted the Jet Fire Bird as being "for the progressive guitarist.- Vintage Guitar Magazine
Who played it? Brian Setzer, Brandi Carlisle, Duane Eddy

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Gibson LG 1 Acoustic
Manufacturer: Gibson Guitars
History: Elvis Presley played a 1963 version of this acoustic in the 1963 movie It Happened At the World's Fair. Elvis was infamous for treating guitars roughly, often tossing them to Charlie Hodge, who sometimes did not catch them.
Who played it: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore (Elvis' guitarist)
Photo by Julian Lennon
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Candy Apple Red Precision Bass
Manufacturer: Fender Guitars
History: Fender's bass guitar was the world's first bass guitar and remains an integral part of music history.
Who played it: Duff McKagan, Roger Water
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Fender Mandolin
Manufacturer: Fender
History:The modern mandolin evolved from the mandore, a stringed instrument common in the 14th centure
Who plays it: Vince Gill, Sam Bush, David Gilmour, Kristin Bush (Sugarland), Peter Buck (REM)
Photo: Matt Backer with Nick Heyward Band (2013)
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A look back at 2017

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With the wonderful Claire Finley in Key West
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Touring with ABC ....the state of the state of getting there

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Touring with Deni Bonet....
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and the marvelous ABC....
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4 December The Many Moods of Matt

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Relaxing backstage
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Catching up on the news
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Exploring new instruments....
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and of course...rocking out!

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