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Mark Hatcher 10-23-2018 04:40 AM

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Originally Posted by ruby50 (Post 5869970)
Mark

Your work is stunning, but a close second is your photography. Care to share any tips?? Camera? Lighting?

Thanks for the thread

Ed

Thanks Ed,

I donít know where you are now experience wise so Iím going to be general with my photo tips. First, any automatic feature used when taking guitar photos is your enemy: auto focus, auto exposure, white balance, jpeg files, and auto flash control all want you to take mediocre pictures. Turn it all off and do everything manually. Never, ever use an on camera flash. Always use a tripod and a polarized filter.
Look at pictures you really like and figure out how they did it, especially the composition, field of focus, and lighting. The biggest challenge I find is digital cameras have a very small range of acceptable exposure. The range is too small to handle a light spruce top and a dark rosewood side so you either light those surfaces separately or decide which one you want to expose correctly or worst case scenario, try to fix it in post.

I hope thatís helpful!
Mark

ruby50 10-23-2018 05:00 AM

Mark

It is - thanks

Ed

Carey 10-23-2018 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5870174)
Thanks Ed,

I donít know where you are now experience wise so Iím going to be general with my photo tips. First, any automatic feature used when taking guitar photos is your enemy: auto focus, auto exposure, white balance, jpeg files, and auto flash control all want you to take mediocre pictures. Turn it all off and do everything manually. Never, ever use an on camera flash. Always use a tripod and a polarized filter.
Look at pictures you really like and figure out how they did it, especially the composition, field of focus, and lighting. The biggest challenge I find is digital cameras have a very small range of acceptable exposure. The range is too small to handle a light spruce top and a dark rosewood side so you either light those surfaces separately or decide which one you want to expose correctly or worst case scenario, try to fix it in post.

I hope thatís helpful!
Mark

Thanks for this post. Very helpful.

SJ VanSandt 10-23-2018 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5861104)
I thought I should bring a base priced small jumbo. It will give me something to point at when I talk about what my base price gets you:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1926/...987c710b_c.jpg

Wow, base price gets you a whole lot of gorgeous! I agree with everyone else about your photos being as beautiful as your guitars, Mark. One day I'll get up there to see your art work in person.

Mark Hatcher 10-24-2018 05:05 AM

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Originally Posted by ruby50 (Post 5870179)
Mark

It is - thanks

Ed

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Originally Posted by Carey (Post 5870384)
Thanks for this post. Very helpful.

Great! Glad that was helpful. I forgot to say guitars are excellent models and can sit still for long periods of time while you work out the details :)

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Originally Posted by SJ VanSandt (Post 5870435)
Wow, base price gets you a whole lot of gorgeous! I agree with everyone else about your photos being as beautiful as your guitars, Mark. One day I'll get up there to see your art work in person.

Thanks SJ VanSandt, itís an ongoing process deciding what to include or not include in my base price. I think itís important that my guitars are recognizable as Hatcher Guitars but, at the same time Iím quick to change up traditional trademarks like headstock and bridge styles. Also, as time goes by, I find certain models should just come with particular features so Josie comes with a sound port, Penelope comes with an elevated fretboard. I decided to use other features to hold the look of Hatcher Guitars together so there are a lot of features included in the base price. Itís like bands. Good bands can play a pretty wide variety of songs but, great bands can play a lot of variety yet, somehow, they do this without losing their identity.

Zandit75 10-24-2018 03:12 PM

Everything's already been said Mark, these guitars are simply stunning!!

Mark Hatcher 10-25-2018 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Zandit75 (Post 5871622)
Everything's already been said Mark, these guitars are simply stunning!!

Thanks Zandit75, Iím all packed up and will be driving down to Woodstock shortly. Iím looking forward to the reaction I get from a new audience and catching up with a lot of friends.

Mark

ukejon 10-25-2018 09:18 AM

Have a great time and post some pics.

Guitars44me 10-25-2018 09:33 AM

Have a BLAST
 
Have a great time and may you sell them all! They certainly deserve it!!!

Thanks for the photo tips. And I agree about guitars being very patient models.

We might be in a hurry but they can hold still as long as needed.

All the best in Woodstock!!!

Paul

Guitars44me 10-25-2018 09:40 AM

What Zandit75 said....
 
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Sorry, just wiping the drool off my keyboard!!!![/QUOTE]


No kidding! Egads and GADZOOKS...

So beautiful

Cheers

Paul

Mark Hatcher 10-25-2018 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5872181)
Have a great time and post some pics.

Thanks ukejon, Iíll take some pics but, I donít think Iíll be able to post them until just after the show.

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Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 5872193)
Have a great time and may you sell them all! They certainly deserve it!!!

Thanks for the photo tips. And I agree about guitars being very patient models.

We might be in a hurry but they can hold still as long as needed.

All the best in Woodstock!!!

Paul

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 5872198)
"]Djhddthbdxghhsbfwscskstgzjdidjdbwffsjhvggdndidn"


Sorry, just wiping the drool off my keyboard!!!!


No kidding! Egads and GADZOOKS...

So beautiful

Cheers

Paul[/QUOTE]

Thank you Paul!

mikealpine 10-26-2018 07:18 PM

I was fortunate enough to play the Woodstock guitars today. Each is wonderful in its own way. The biggest surprise to me was the olive wood guitar. It was small, not my usual cup of tea for that alone. Sometimes small guitars either feel like they are not quite a "real" guitar, or they simply feel too cramped for me to be comfortable, in spite of my 5' 5" in height and trim build. And I like a bold sound, which I have not found to be typical in smaller instruments. The olive wood guitar was none of that. It was much louder than I expected, easy to get some good volume without having to beat on it. It was sweet and full sounding. And it was very comfortable, enough that I could get lost with that guitar on a couch for hours and not get tired. I mentioned this to Mark and he explained much about the design, the elevated fretboard allowing for a different kind of geometry that gives the player some elbow room. Whatever it was, it was terrific. I also loved the base-model Josie, but the standout for me, my playing style and my voice was the spruce-topped Penelope. I found myself saying I could play and sing with that guitar all day. It had great bass, really lush and clear trebles, just enough in the middle to let you know it was there. I sing in the middle, and didn't feel like I had to compete with the guitar to be heard.

It was great to see Mark and his wife, both very special people. Easy conversation, an education on some of Mark's design/build philosophies and easy laughter.

Mark Hatcher 10-27-2018 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by mikealpine (Post 5873562)
I was fortunate enough to play the Woodstock guitars today. Each is wonderful in its own way. The biggest surprise to me was the olive wood guitar. It was small, not my usual cup of tea for that alone. Sometimes small guitars either feel like they are not quite a "real" guitar, or they simply feel too cramped for me to be comfortable, in spite of my 5' 5" in height and trim build. And I like a bold sound, which I have not found to be typical in smaller instruments. The olive wood guitar was none of that. It was much louder than I expected, easy to get some good volume without having to beat on it. It was sweet and full sounding. And it was very comfortable, enough that I could get lost with that guitar on a couch for hours and not get tired. I mentioned this to Mark and he explained much about the design, the elevated fretboard allowing for a different kind of geometry that gives the player some elbow room. Whatever it was, it was terrific. I also loved the base-model Josie, but the standout for me, my playing style and my voice was the spruce-topped Penelope. I found myself saying I could play and sing with that guitar all day. It had great bass, really lush and clear trebles, just enough in the middle to let you know it was there. I sing in the middle, and didn't feel like I had to compete with the guitar to be heard.

It was great to see Mark and his wife, both very special people. Easy conversation, an education on some of Mark's design/build philosophies and easy laughter.

Thanks for stopping by yesterday Mike! It was great to catch up and see you again. I thought you would lean toward the Ebony guitar because, well, I knew you liked Ebony guitars but, I now have a better understanding of why. The Ebony guitar is stronger in the highs and lows compared with the Olivewood guitar which stronger in the mids and fundamentals. Same guitar model different woods and voicing strategy. People very quickly gravitate to one or the other. Usually their playing style seems to determine which way they will go. With you it’s what matches with your singing.
It’s been educational for me to see/hear so many different folks in rapid succession playing my four very different sounding quitars and sharing their preferences. What I find so interesting is the guitar that sounds best to me when an individual is trying all four in a row is usually the one that they like the best too.
Lesson learned might be, be slow to take advice from someone else about how a guitar sounds unless you know first that their playing style is identical to yours!

matthewpartrick 10-28-2018 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by SJ VanSandt (Post 5870435)
Wow, base price gets you a whole lot of gorgeous! I agree with everyone else about your photos being as beautiful as your guitars, Mark. One day I'll get up there to see your art work in person.

I second that emotion!

Mark Hatcher 10-29-2018 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by matthewpartrick (Post 5875306)
I second that emotion!

Thanks Matthew, Back home now and back in the shop. The show was wonderful!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1932/...2e704b30_c.jpg


My wife Karen was in there helping me out. She was getting her guitar talk chops down. Friday night we attended a get together for a Lifetime Award presentation to Linda Manzer. Karen was very taken with the wonderful sense of community in the room and now has a better understanding of one of the many ways I love being a luthier.

The Bard Rocks 10-29-2018 08:32 PM

Nice to hear that and it was nice to meet her as well - please tell her for me. Cory was pretty taken with your work and my wife really liked the photo of the laurel guitar.

Guitars44me 10-29-2018 08:48 PM

Yay Karen!
 
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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5875872)
Thanks Matthew, Back home now and back in the shop. The show was wonderful!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1932/...2e704b30_c.jpg


My wife Karen was in there helping me out. She was getting her guitar talk chops down. Friday night we attended a get together for a Lifetime Award presentation to Linda Manzer. Karen was very taken with the wonderful sense of community in the room and now has a better understanding of one of the many ways I love being a luthier.

Yay for Karen!!!
The Luthiers I know are all spectacular human beings in the best sense! Glad it was a blast. Hope you sold a couple...
Cheers
Paul

LouieAtienza 10-29-2018 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5875872)
Thanks Matthew, Back home now and back in the shop. The show was wonderful!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1932/...2e704b30_c.jpg


My wife Karen was in there helping me out. She was getting her guitar talk chops down. Friday night we attended a get together for a Lifetime Award presentation to Linda Manzer. Karen was very taken with the wonderful sense of community in the room and now has a better understanding of one of the many ways I love being a luthier.

Mark, it was a pleasure to finally meet you and your lovely wife! You weren't around my first go-around the past weekend, but she was so excited and proud of your work! Your guitars are as beautiful in-person as they are in the pics here!

Mark Hatcher 10-30-2018 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by The Bard Rocks (Post 5876165)
Nice to hear that and it was nice to meet her as well - please tell her for me. Cory was pretty taken with your work and my wife really liked the photo of the laurel guitar.

It was great to catch up with you!

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Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 5876179)
Yay for Karen!!!
The Luthiers I know are all spectacular human beings in the best sense! Glad it was a blast. Hope you sold a couple...
Cheers
Paul

Thanks Paul, The whole community of builders and players are a wonderful group. It was also wonderful to go three days with that many people and not hear any talk of politics! I've got some orders coming and a number of folks are coming out to the my studio. Busy times ahead!

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Originally Posted by LouieAtienza (Post 5876220)
Mark, it was a pleasure to finally meet you and your lovely wife! You weren't around my first go-around the past weekend, but she was so excited and proud of your work! Your guitars are as beautiful in-person as they are in the pics here!

Thanks, it was great to meet you too! I never heard my wife say so many nice things about me!:)

Dustinfurlow 10-30-2018 01:44 PM

Mark, it was a genuine pleasure meeting you and playing that cedar SJ you brought. Really changed my mind about the potential of cedar in the hands of a great builder. I'll be emailing you soon.

Mark Hatcher 10-30-2018 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Dustinfurlow (Post 5876846)
Mark, it was a genuine pleasure meeting you and playing that cedar SJ you brought. Really changed my mind about the potential of cedar in the hands of a great builder. I'll be emailing you soon.

Dustin I enjoyed hearing you play that guitar! I look forward to working with you.

Mark

mikealpine 10-30-2018 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Dustinfurlow (Post 5876846)
Mark, it was a genuine pleasure meeting you and playing that cedar SJ you brought. Really changed my mind about the potential of cedar in the hands of a great builder. I'll be emailing you soon.

That was a wonderful guitar! It surprised me as well.

Mark Hatcher 10-31-2018 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by mikealpine (Post 5877258)
That was a wonderful guitar! It surprised me as well.


Thanks Mike! Cedar on Indian Rosewood are both underrated woods. Combined their qualities can't be ignored.

ukejon 10-31-2018 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5877800)
Thanks Mike! Cedar on Indian Rosewood are both underrated woods. Combined their qualities can't be ignored.

I’m a believer! Mark’s lattice bracing combined with this wood combination creates a most amazingly responsive and tonally dynamic guitar.

Mark Hatcher 12-10-2018 07:06 AM

New Woods
 
We're reaching the end of the year and it's getting on time to close out this Studio 2018 thread. I thought a nice finish would be to show off some of the great woods I've been getting lately.

I just came across a couple of nicely cut and beautifully figured Tigerwood or Goncalo Alves boards:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4807/...822bb073_c.jpg

I started re-sawing them and am pretty sure I will be going back for some more!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1927/...399763a5_b.jpg

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1925/...7b269a58_b.jpg

On the domestic wood front I happened across this very unusually figured and colored Claro Walnut set:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4823/...2c495b87_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4879/...cebf0218_c.jpg

Another great domestic that I've been stocking up on is Myrtle:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1978/...b0bd1a29_b.jpg

Thanks everyone for your comments along the way. I'll start up the Hatcher Studio 2019 in a couple weeks.

Mark

ross748 12-10-2018 03:43 PM

Goncalo Alves, very under rated. I have a Custom NAMM Martin with GA back and sides and Alpine top. It is 0-14 body and it just jumps alive at the lightest touch. Extremely articulate. Plays much larger than it is. Can't wait to see this build Mark.
https://i.imgur.com/Ji0lwLF.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/OZKbuYF.jpg

Mark Hatcher 12-11-2018 03:29 AM

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Originally Posted by ross748 (Post 5915049)
Goncalo Alves, very under rated. I have a Custom NAMM Martin with GA back and sides and Alpine top. It is 0-14 body and it just jumps alive at the lightest touch. Extremely articulate. Plays much larger than it is. Can't wait to see this build Mark.
https://i.imgur.com/Ji0lwLF.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/OZKbuYF.jpg

Looking at the back of that guitar itís easy to see why Goncalo Alves is also called Tigerwood. Thanks for showing that!

Mark

Mark Hatcher 12-30-2018 06:39 PM

Happy New Year!
 
Time to wrap up this thread and say Happy New Year everyone! Iím looking forward to digging into the builds I have scheduled and new ideas I want to try. I am diligently working on my new website and hope to introduce it in January. I plan to hold my current rates into this upcoming year.

2018 has been a very good year for me. Some of the highlights were:

The Woodstock Invitational Luthierís Showcase which introduced me to, in person, to so many great folks here on the forum and many fellow builders as well. Itís a great community Iím proud to be part of.

The introduction of my new Woodsman model has been an unexpectedly exciting adventure into traditional designs and techniques which has expanded my perception of what guitar building is and can be.

Reorders continue to thrill me. Itís a great compliment to receive second orders from existing clients. What can I say, I hope thatís a compliment I just keep getting!

I had a lot of attention in the media this past year including: Acoustic Guitar, Premier Guitar and The Fretboard Jounal magazines. As well as the recent Guild of American Luthiers magazine.

Adventures in domestic woods. What started as a way to accommodate for new CITES restrictions has pulled the door wide open for some very exciting woods and new possibilities in both design and sound.

Happy New Year!
Mark


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