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Michihiro Matsuda: Master of the Blade

By Michael Watts It is no exaggeration to describe Michihiro “Michi” Matsuda as an icon of the modern acoustic guitar scene. His sense of line and form is groundbreaking, bold and instantly recognizable. Indeed, Matsuda’s work has proved hugely inspirational to a large number of the new generation of luthiers with many of his visual…

Jason Kostal: “Guitar building, for me, is a very difficult and challenging endeavor.”

*This Interview is republished from our “Acoustic Issue” By Melz Durston They say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – and this seems to sum up the life of a luthier. Someone who has, through choice, necessity, personal enthusiasm – decided to pursue a career in one of the most…

Of Wood and Words….Master Guitar Builder, Ervin Somogyi

By Pat Bianculli On a beautiful, sunny day in late July 2014 (to a New Yorker, every day is beautiful and sunny in the Bay area of California!) I scouted out the legendary steel string guitar builder, Ervin Somogyi [pronounced: Suh-MAH-jee] at his workshop, a large white house just off Telegraph Ave. at 52nd Street…

Michihiro Matsuda raises the bar in the art of Luthiery

By Steve Rider The man from Japan, Michihiro Matsuda, was born and raised on the distant archipelago nation. Guitar playing and handcrafting were always a part of his life. At age 29 he decided to venture forth into the world, moving to the United States to attend the famous Roberto Venn School of Luthiere in…

Michel Pellerin – A Luthier Par Excellence

By Andrew Catania You may learn to become a luthier by profession, but, great luthiers are born, not made. And we have Michel Pellerin as a strong validation for this claim. Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, it was as if music and more specifically, the guitar-philia, was already in his genetic codes – his…