Swiss luthier Claudio Pagelli demonstrates his complete mastery of technique with the one-of-a-kind design of the Massari.

I’ve always admired the supportive nature of the luthier community. Regardless of size or competitive positioning, many of the best builders share knowledge and inspiration with each other in an effort to move the entire art form forward. One of the most generous and uniquely talented of these is Swiss luthier Claudio Pagelli and his wife/business partner, Claudia—whom he says “brought style and a whole new dimension to my guitars.” You won’t meet two warmer or more welcoming people in the guitar business, but that’s only half of the reason admirers and fellow artisans like Paul Reed Smith, Bob Benedetto, and Ulrich Teuffel speak glowingly of the pair. The other half is, of course, their gorgeously innovative designs and exacting execution.

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