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Old 08-01-2013, 03:02 PM
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Default Mark Hatcher Crossover - one year review!

Well, itís hard to believe but Iíve been the proud owner of my Mark Hatcher crossover for a year now. I was planning on recording some nice sound clips but we just moved across country from Nashville, TN to Denver, CO so itíll be a little bit before I get things set up here to do some recording. But clips are coming! I know Mark just had a big move too Ė from NJ to NH.

You can see the original build thread here Ė http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...hlight=Hatcher

Some specs in case you donít want to look at the build thread:
Swiss Spruce Top
Koa back and sides, headstock face plate and rossette
5 piece neck
Cocobolo binding and bridge
Ebony fretboard
Ivory nut and saddle

This guitar has really brought me a lot of joy. Itís a blast to play. Although it sounded great from the get-go - the sound has really changed since Iíve had it, in a good way. Itís gotten bigger and fuller sounding. Perhaps, itís a combination of Marks bracing, the top wood, and the French polish top? Personally, Iím believer that guitars get better the more theyíre played/age. The French polish and neck are staring to show some wear but Iíve heard thatís easy to fix and polish back up. I keep it in standard tuning and enjoy it for fingerstyle, classical and chet style pieces. The tuners work great and I love the headstock design Mark did on the crossover.

The guitar has plenty of volume and projects great. Itís really just a lovely guitar in all respects. Mark put my two childrenís initials on the back of the headstock and I really love that subtle detail. The listener doesnít see it; itís just there for me.

I would highly encourage folks to talk to Mark. Heís a good guy and an extremely talented luthier. Plus, youíll have photography of such high quality of the build you fill your home with build shots or have a nice coffee table book of your custom build.

I promise new sound clips once we get settled in our new home.

Here are some photos Mark took, he does such a great job with photographing them.









Kindly,
Danny

P.S. Some folks may appreciate that this guitar smells amazingÖ
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:31 PM
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Danny, I'm glad this has worked out so well for you! I loved following Mark's/your build thread for this guitar, and I love looking again at the pictures you have posted. I'm really looking forward to hearing some tunes from her. Thanks for keeping us updated!
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:30 AM
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Do you feel like the major difference from a traditional classical is in the feel of the guitar, especially the neck, or is it tonally different?

Stunningly gorgeous guitar, by the way.
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Congratulations - it certainly looks like a keeper.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:02 AM
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If it ever needs a new home, I just might be able to make a little more space in our tight home now.ship
hope all is well with you my friend and that your new digs and school are a joy for you
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

Bill, I'll absolutly keep you posted on tunes written on her. They're coming

Jon, That's a good question. The neck/feel is very different. Mark was kind enough to model the neck profile after my Doerr. Tonally, it's different than traditional classicals but still very similar. It's hard to put into words. Currently, my only other nylon string is my Ramirez. The Ramirez has perhaps a lusher, hollowy type sound, while the Hatcher has more punch clarity and focus. Sorry, I'm terrible with putting tone into words. Does that discription make sense?

Ship, I apprecaite it. I'm excited about the new school here in Denver. I have high hopes!

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That's one of the most beautiful nylons I've seen in a long time. I moved from TN (home) to CO about two years ago. Welcome! Hope to see you around!
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Thanks, Brian! If you want to come over and play some guitar sometime, it'd be a lot of fun.

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Hey Danny,

Thanks for putting this up. I'm glad this guitar is working out well for you.
This model is turning out to be a popular model for me. Crossovers are so easy to play and with so many players playing so much longer in their lives, this is a guitar that can be played for an entire lifetime.

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I really enjoyed watching the build on this guitar and think it came out looking pretty spectacular. The koa is striking to say the least. Glad to hear you are enjoying it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:55 PM
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Hi Danny,

What a stunningly beautiful guitar you have there! Beautiful photos, too. I hope your new job works out well for you. You have certainly moved to a beautiful part of the country! And I guess the AGF gatherings out there in Colorado are totally magic. So that will be very nice for you, as well.

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My pleasure, Mark! I am loving the guitar and I can see why it's a popular model for you - you really nailed it all regards.

Thanks, Juston. The Koa looks even better in person. It's a spectacular piece of wood.

Thanks, Glenn! I'm excited about starting to teach at a new school. I have very high hopes and feel very blessed to keep doing what I love. I think CO is going to be very good for me and my family. I've already heard about one local picking party. I'm excited.

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