Vintage Guitar - December 2016 - Open - 18

Ask Zac
WITH ZAC CHILDS

Matt Spinks
backed by Jack
Greenwood.

MATT SPINKS
Run What You Brung!

T

he Matt Spinks Trio record Another
Morning provides a great platform for a
skilled guitarist who plays with intensity and
considerable chops - offered for the listener's
enjoyment on less-than-common instruments.
"I can use whatever cheap guitar is at MusicGo-Round," Spinks laughed. "I'm currently
playing a J.B. Artist semi-hollow body with
a carved top. I got it on Craigslist, and it's a
fabulous guitar - I've never seen another one
exactly like it, and I just keep gravitating to it."
As a kid, Spinks began piano studies that
lasted nearly a dozen years, until... "I just
couldn't take it anymore. I picked up guitar
at that point and really liked it. Plus, you can't
take a piano to a party."
He cites influences aplenty, including Guns
'N Roses, Pearl Jam, Brad Paisley, and Johnny
Hiland, but especially points to the first record
by '70s Southern rockers The Outlaws.
"My dad had it and I just put it on and learned
all those great songs, stuff like 'Waterhole' and
'Green Grass and High Tides Forever'.''
For Spinks, music - and especially songwriting - is personal.
"I have to write from experience," he noted.
"I can't create a scenario. It only works for me
if I've lived it."

Making the record didn't take long
and he says it was a
great experience.
"Going into the
studio, I was mainly
concerned with how many takes and how much
money we'd spend," he said, laughing. "The
goal was to go in and make sure the record
didn't sound produced. I did not want it to
sound like a pop record from 2004. It's real
sparkly and has a nice, polite mix. I like that."
His out-of-the-ordinary choices carry over
to amplifiers.
"I have a big AIMS that is pretty kickass, but
weighs about 135 pounds. It sounds great and is
great-looking on a big stage," he said. "For smaller
gigs, I use a Crate GS150 from the '80s. It sounds
great, too. In fact, I took a [Marshall] plexi down
to Texas for a gig and pulled out the Crate just to
compare them. Between songs, our drummer, Jack
Greenwood, said the Crate sounded way better."
The trio gigs in their home area of Littleton,
Colorado, and hits the road up to two weeks
each month.
Though he favors the J.B. Artist, he likes SGs,
Teles, or in his words "...anything with a big,
giant neck." He's also working with the folks
at Texas Toast Guitars in Colorado.
"They're building me an SG-inspired guitar
with three P-90s and a five-way switch. It's
going to be tobacco sunburst."
No matter what Spinks plugs in, he brings
to mind the old adage, "It's a poor workman
who blames his tools." - John Heidt

VINTAGE GUITAR

18

December 2016

Can you tell me who played
guitar on Paul Young's 1985
hit "Every Time You Go
Away?" - James Harbor
The song, famous for Pino Palladino's work on the fretless bass
and because it was written by Daryl
Hall, features Johnny Turnbull on
guitar. We reached out to him.
"Paul Young and his arranger, Ian
Kewley, wanted a Coral Sitar on the
song, so we hired back my old one
from The Who's rental company,"
Johnny told us. "I'd sold it to them
years before, but had used it previously on the Ian Dury and The Blockheads' 1978 hit 'What A Waste.'
"For Paul's song, I had originally
recorded a weird, feedback solo
on my Tokai Strat copy, but he
wanted something more classy/
pretty, so I came up with the solo
on an Ovation gut-string, and it
was used for the final track. Paul
felt like the prettier solo would help
sell a few thousand more copies.
"I used my Les Paul for power
chords and the Tokai for a rhythm
part on the 12" version of the song.
When we went on tour, we needed
a Sitar, so I asked The Who's rental
company to sell me back my Coral.
They refused, as they were making
too much renting it out. But, Paul
bought another and I used it for many
concerts, including Live Aid 1985."
Zac Childs is a guitar tech in Nashville.
If you have a question about guitars,
anything from nuts and bolts to historical
or celebrity-related inquiries, drop a line to
him at zac@askzac.com or visit facebook.
com/askzac.

Matt Spinks photo: Troy Brandt/Extreme Productions.

Johnny Turnbull (right) and Paul Young in 1985.


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