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May 2014
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The Shokunin School: Blending Art, Nature and Innovation

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The Shokunin School: Blending Art, Nature and Innovation

Michihiro “Michi” Matsuda
Michi Matsuda splits his time between his own workshop in Oakland and Frank Ford’s fabled Gryphon Stringed Instruments repair shop in Palo Alto. He builds about a dozen custom guitars a year based on his own signature shapes: modified OM and OO shapes for steel string guitars and two “crossover” shapes for nylon guitars, all carefully designed for their characteristic sonic properties as well as their graceful lines. Matsuda also makes electric/acoustic hybrids and harp guitars.

The Matsuda M-1 (pictured with optional cutaway) is based on an OM shape.

Matsuda base models begin with an Indian rosewood back and sides and a Sitka spruce top.


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