"Michi" Matsuda

Michihiro Matsuda came to America in 1997 to fulfill his dream of becoming a guitar builder. He enrolled in the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, where he made such rapid progress that at the end of the course he was chosen to apprentice with the respected builder Ervin Somogyi, the only student in his class that year to achieve that honor.

Matsuda further refined his craft studying with the innovative luthier Taku Sakashta. He also studied guitar restoration with the well-known instrument repairman Frank Ford, the co-owner of Gryphon Stringed Instruments. Matsuda spent about three years in Somogyi's shop honing the guitar making skills he learned at Sakashta's shop and at the Roberto-Venn school. He credits Somogyi, Sakashta, and Ford with helping him understand the structural complexities involved in hand building acoustic guitars. Matsuda is especially thankful to Somogyi for showing him the meaning of craftsmanship, and most importantly, teaching him the subtle art of making wood sing.

In 2002 Matsuda opened his own workshop where he uses traditional woodworking skills to craft guitars with an innovative sense of design. He draws his inspiration from nature, and he strives to make the peghead, body, bridge, and cutaways shapes harmonize in an organic way. But Matsuda is not just making guitars to appeal to the eye. He realizes that guitars are first and foremost tools to play music, and so he devotes as much time to the tone and playability of his instruments as he does to their appearance. Michihiro Matsuda was drawn to guitar making by his love of music and he hopes that his instruments will inspire guitarists to greater creative heights.

The Luthier's Collection will receive four guitars each year from Michihiro Matsuda. Please let us know if there is something special you are looking for.

Available Models

IN STOCK: 2007 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Italian Spruce Top
Cutaway
Slight Wedge Body, 1/4" Shallower on the Bass Side
BRW Fretboard w/MOP 3 Feathers Inlaid by Larry Robinson
BRW Body Binding
BRW Rosette
Combination Bridge
BRW Headstock Veneer
Gold Rodgers Tuners w/Black MOP Buttons
Red Calton Case

 

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IN STOCK: 2005 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Recessed Non Cutaway
Ebony Body Binding including Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette
Combination Bridge
Slothead w/BRW Veneer

 

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IN STOCK: 2014 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Italian Spruce Top
Recessed Non Cutaway
BRW Body Binding including Recess
Matsuda Fancy Soundboard Decoration including Rosette in BRW & Spalted Maple
Bound BRW Fingerboard
BRW Bridge
BRW Headstock Veneer
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

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IN STOCK: 2004 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Italian Spruce Top w/ French Polished Face
Recessed Non Cutaway
Ebony Body Binding including Recess
Bound Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette
BRW Bridge
BRW Headstock Veneer
Chrome Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2008 Matsuda OM

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African Blackwood Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
French Polished Face
Cutaway
Abalone Top Border on Cutaway & Lower Bass Side
Ebony Body Binding
Abalone/Spalted Maple Rosette
Ebony Fretboard w/ Larry Robinson Koi Fish Inlay
Combination Bridge in BRW
Split Headstock
Fanned Frets that become Parallel @ 5th fret
26" Low "E" to 25.4 High "E" Fan
Gold Sperzel Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2010 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Spalted Maple Rosette & Soundboard Decoration
Bound Fingerboard
2 Piece Bridge
Art Deco Headstock Veneer w/Spalted Maple/BRW/Ebony
BRW Bindings
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2009 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Italian Spruce Top
Recessed Non Cutaway
BRW Body Binding including Recess
Bound Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette
BRW Bridge
BRW Headstock Veneer
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2003 Matsuda OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Ebony Body Binding including Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette for Cutaway
Soundboard Decoration
Combination Bridge
Spalted Headstock Veneer
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

 

SOLD: 2004 Matsuda OM

 
Cocobolo Back and Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Brazilian Rosewood Body Binding
Segmented Rosette for Cutaway
Soundboard Decoration
Combination Bridge
Chrome Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

 

SOLD: 2003 Matsuda OM

 
Cambodian Rosewood Back and Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Ebony Body Binding including Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette for Cutaway
Soundboard Decoration
Combination Bridge
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

 

SOLD: 2003 Matsuda OM

 
Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Ebony Body Binding including Fingerboard
Segmented Rosette for Cutaway
Soundboard Decoration
Combination Bridge
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners
This guitar has to be seen in person to appreciate the artistry involved.
Michi has really taken the craft to another level.