Happy Traum

Woodstock's own folk music legend

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Homespun Music Instruction

For more than fifty years years, Happy and his wife Jane Traum and their staff have been producing award-winning  tutorials in a variety of instruments and musical styles. Taught by world-renowned performing musicians and teachers on DVDs, downloads, CDs and books, these high-quality music lessons have taught people,e to play all over the world. To see the full range of more than 500 amazing products for sale, click here: www.homespun.com

Santa Cruz Guitars

My main guitars these days are two Santa Cruz instruments: An H-13 (13 frets to the body) model and a 14-fret OM. Richard Hoover, the luthier and owner of the company (and a good friend), made them each for me out of wood that I chose at the factory. The H-13 has an Adirondack spruce top and cocobolo back and sides. The OM is all mahogany, with a beautiful dark sunburst finish. Thanks to Richard and his staff for these fine guitars.

http://www.santacruzguitar.com

Collings

I also own a beautiful C-10, unusual in that it has a cedar top and maple back and sides. Collings no longer makes this configuration, but mine is a superb instrument with a beautiful, crisp high end and satisfying bass. http://www.collingsguitars.com

Paul Beard Resonator

I had heard Paul's Dobros for years in the hands of the likes of Jerry Douglas and Cindy Cashdollar, but I came across one of his round neck resonator guitars at a luthier's convention here in Woodstock and had to have it. The sound just leaps out at you with the lightest touch of the strings.

http://www.beardguitars.com

Veillette 12 Strings

I have both a standard 12 and a baritone (tuned B to B) and both guitars are highly playable and sound amazing. Joe Vieillette is a Woodstock-based luthier and a good friend who build instruments to the highest standards. His various multi-string and multi-sized guitars are prized by top recording and performing artists.

http://www.veilletteguitars.com

Taylor Guitars

I have played Taylor guitars for years, particularly a beautiful 912-C (cutaway) model. I have great respect and admiration for Bob Taylor and his amazing team and will always value my association with them. My brother, Artie, was a Taylor clinician for many years.  http://www.taylorguitars.com

Ome Banjos

My old friend Chuck Ogsbury and his daughter, Tanya, make these superbly crafted instruments in their workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

http://www.omebanjos.com

DR Strings

Mark Dronge, who owns and operates DR Strings, was a childhood friend of mine in the Bronx. I have been using his hand-made strings for years and they feel and sound great, and they keep their tone for a long time. I am proud to be a DR user and endorser.

http://www.drstrings.com