Ladies and gentlemen, from Dixon California,

Matt & George and their Pleasant Valley Boys

Traditional bluegrass from Northern CA, since 2006.


What Matt & George and their Pleasant Valley Boys pick on.

Gold plated Huber Custom 5-string banjo

George’s 2007 gold-plated Huber Custom banjo.


Instrument: 2007 Gold plated Huber Custom (wreath pattern) Jim Mills model 5-string banjo with Huber “Vintage” tone ring, Snuffy Smith bridge and Bill Keith tuners on 2nd and 3rd strings.

Strings: Huber medium light

Picks: Showcase 41 fingerpicks and medium Golden Gate “clown barf” thumb pick

Tuner: Snark ST-2

Case: Calton Cases of Canada double thickness 5-string banjo case

Other: Huber leather strap, gold McKinney 5-string banjo capo

Quote: “Banjos are like women. You’ve got to play one against the other to get the best response!”

Hutto F-5 custom mandolin

Matt’s 1997 Hutto F-5 custom mandolin.


Instrument: 1997 Hutto F-5 custom mandolin with fitted Cumberland Acoustic Tall Boy bridge and Stewart MacDonald customized clear pick guard.

Strings: D’Addario EJ74 medium phosphor bronze

Pick: Dunlop Primetone 1.3mm semi round

Tuner: Planet Waves Micro Headstock

Case: Calton Cases of Canada F mandolin shaped case

Other: Homemade rolled bootlaces leather strap.

Quote: “It’s the only mandolin I’ve ever owned.”

1951 Martin D-28 guitar

Jenny Lynn’s 1951 Martin D-28 guitar.

Jenny Lynn

Instrument: 1951 Martin D-28 guitar with Graph Tech Tusq PP-2122-00 black with white inlay man made (faux) ivory bridge pins.

Strings: D’Addario EJ17 medium phosphor bronze

Picks: John Pearse Hi-Rider fingerpick and Dunlop “clown barf” thumb pick

Tuner: Planet Waves Micro Headstock

Case: Calton Cases of Canada Martin dreadnought guitar shaped case

Other: Unbranded black leather mandolin strap with Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Quick-Release System (guitar has no strap button), and Elliott guitar capo.

Jim’s Arnold Voight fiddle.

Fiddlin’ Jim

Instrument: (unknown date) Arnold Voight fiddle

Strings: Thomastik-Infeld Super Flexible Rope Core Aluminum and Chrome Wound 4/4 violin

Bow: Chadwick London violin bow

Tuner: A440 tuning fork

Case: Ifshin Violins violin case, with Colorado Case Company violin case cover.

Quote: “A friend found it in a thrift shop in San Francisco and it plays beautifully. Really a lucky find!”

Cousin Rainwater’s 1961 King Mortone bass.

Cousin Rainwater

Instrument: 1961 King Mortone ~7/8 scale upright bass

Strings: G–A Lenzner Supersolo gut strings, E Eurosonic medium guage

Pickup: Vics Pickups Model C slap and bridge pickup

Tuner: Peterson StroboStomp HD

Case: Protec 3/4 Gold Series gig bag

Other: Custom 1-inch monther of toilet seat endpin cap, strings conditioned exclusively with Cobram Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Quote: “Actually, no. It’s a pleasure to bring with me everywhere I go. Same with my wife, and she’s just as tall.”