I was an old friend of Matanya's, we met in Boston in the early 80s and I was fond of going over to his place to play for him on all his exotic guitars. He annoyed the heck out of me from time to time, but he was often right. And if he wasn't right, so what? He never backed down. The guitar world has lost a great scholar and a larger-than-life personality. He has made an enormous contribution.
Considering his, err...outspoken, opinions about the GFA, I wonder if they will give him the posthumous respect he never felt he got from that organization in this lifetime.
We will miss you MO.