It is with the heaviest of heavy hearts that I am informing all our friends and customers that after a long and brave battle with cancer, Matt Leff, owner of Matt’s Music, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on New Year’s Eve.
This is a tough loss for all of us in the music community and beyond. Matt was a rockstar. A monster guitar player, a car enthusiast and an all around special person.
My thought is that when your time on this earth is ending, there are only two things that truly matter: Was it a life well lived? And what is your legacy? Matt lived a life some people reach for their whole lives, so he checks the first box easy. The second was even easier for Matt, which I quickly learned through the number of messages and posts we’ve received after his passing. Many of you bought your first guitar from Matt, credit him for your start in the music industry, and reminisce about your favorite piece of gear that came from him. It’s been a bit overwhelming, but in the best way.
I have known Matt for 20 years. I was the 17-year-old kid hanging out in his shop, and one day he offered me a part-time job because I was there so often. Fast forward to today and I’ve now worked side-by-side with him for 17 years, where I’ve built my dream career thanks to him. Matt was an exceptional boss, co-worker, and most importantly, friend.
We built this shop into what it is now, and we’re very proud of what we’ve done together. I have no intention of letting that go: Matt’s wishes are to continue building what we’ve worked so hard at. We will keep his name and memory alive through Matt’s Music for years to come, striving to inspire a new generation of musicians just as Matt has for the past 23 years.
I ask two favors from anyone who knew Matt well, or whose life he touched in even the smallest encounter:
1. Please share a memory or favorite piece of gear you got from Matt over the years. I would love to compile these memories and pass them along to his amazing family so they can see how many lives he has touched.
2. Matt’s brother, Larry, will be riding in Matt’s honor in the Pan-Mass Challenge 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Team Rockstar Cycling at: http://profile.pmc.org/TR0143
Rest In Peace, my friend. I’ll do my best to make you proud.
I’ve personally never been a huge Les Paul guy myself opting for a telecaster or super strat of some type when I needed humbuckers… but I get it. That tone is unique and very addicting. In walks in the Friedman Metro D and I am hooked!
Lightweight, resonant, great feel and the TONE! Don’t sleep on these!
Handbuilt in the US by Grover Jackson (of Jackson Guitars fame) and Dave Friedman!
Alder Body with Maple Top, 7lbs 12oz
Black Finish with Heavy Aging
Black Hardware and No Body Binding
Pickups: 1 x Classic Hum Neck, 1 x Classic + Hum Bridge
Quilt Maple Top on Alder
Body Finish: Natural Purple to T Purple to Black Burst with Binding
Body Back Color: Matching Back
Neck Wood: Maple, Ziricote Fingerboard
Headstock Finish: Black
Neck Back Finish: Satin Natural
Neck Back Shape: Even-Taper
Nut Width: 1 11/16-inch
Bridge: Recessed Floating Tremolo – Locking Saddles $100
Hardware Color: Chrome
Neck Pickup: SC1 (Black Cover)
Middle Pickup: SC1 (Black Cover)
Bridge Pickup: HC2 (Nickel Cover)
Switching: 5-Way Add Bridge with Splitter
Switch Tip: Black
String Gauge: .010-.046 Elixir® Strings
Case: Hardshell Case
A quick iPhone clip of Joe Sprunt with the all new Bad Cat USA Player Series from NAMM 2019!
In 2001 Bad Cat innovation led to the design of the Hot Cat 30, the worlds first Class A, high gain amplifier. Less than a year later the amp received the Guitar Player Magazine Editor’s Pick Award. In 2004, Guitar Player Magazine recognized the amp as one of the ten best combo amps ever made. The honor was presented at the Summer NAMM Nashville show.
Now the engineers at Bad Cat are bringing the Hot Cat 30R into our USA Player Series. Not content with just transferring the hand-wired legacy design over to a PCB format. Out engineering team set out to redefine the amp design and make sonic improvement as well as increase the versatility of the clean channel.
The Hot Cat 30R is a two channel amp with two EL34’s being driven in Class A cathode bias to produce 30 watts of power.
Channel one is a simple Volume, Bass, Treble, Reverb, and K Master. The cleans on this amp are clear and sparkling and ring out with a clarity that comes from our custom hand-wound transformers. Channel one will go from crystal clear sparkle to rich complex overdrive and all stops in between. The patented K Master circuit provide extraordinary clean headroom and rich high gain saturation at whisper volumes.
Channel two has a simple layout of Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble , Reverb, and K-Master. A global presence knob that cuts across both channels to smooth out any high transients. The gain is soaked in rich harmonics with astounding string-to-string note definition even in high gain settings. There is a reason this amplifier is the choice of countless touring professional.