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The Striking Matches Solution

Things getting weird in your world? Need a sure fire pick me up? Here’s one tried and true recipe for a better day.

Take one Sarah Zimmerman with acoustic guitar. Stir in a Justin Davis with same. Inject one clever notion to cover an appropriately titled classic. Carefully position both in front of a single hot microphone and press “cook”.

The result in this case is the amazing Striking Matches gifting us with their unplugged rendition of Pick Up the Pieces, the Average White Band’s 1974 classic, recorded live at Tournament Studios in Nashville.

For this go round, Justin chose his 12 fret to the body, slot head EF740FS, easily one of the acoustic guitar world’s best kept secrets.  Just one note from this this extra-deep bodied, extra resonant, thermal topped OM cutaway and you know it is extra special. Meanwhile, Sarah’s 12 year old, now unavailable TAN45C still remains her number one go-to acoustic. A current, loud and balanced, cedar top, NEX cutaway offering would be the P3NC with classic CT4BII preamp.

Go to to get regular fixes from this incredible duo.

Justin and Sarah playing guitar in black and white

Justin and Sarah playing guitar in color