Luthier

Matsuda Guitars

Luthier
Michihiro Matsuda
Location
Oakland, California

Former Somogyi apprentice Michihiro Matsuda was born and raised in Japan, before moving to the US to study at the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in Phoenix, Arizona, then with Ervin Somogyi in San Francisco.

After his apprenticeship, Michi then studied guitar repair with renowned instrument repairman Frank Ford of Gryphon Stringed Instruments where he is now part of the repair staff. "Tradition, Creativity, Identity. They are always my focus in my guitar making. It is my challenge to find something new among them in the form of guitars.Sound is important, but it is only a part of the entire relationship with you and guitars, also me and guitars. It can be mental, it can be physical, it can be intellectual. It is fluid, yet simple."

“Tradition, Creativity, Identity... they are always my focus in my guitar making.”

"Each of guitars I make is unique, personal, and individual. I want Matsuda guitars to be more than just tools for music. I would be happy if you find a meaningful experience with the guitars I make."

I am honored and pleased to work with TNAG. They are one of a few guitar shops in the world who focus on guitars from small size boutique makers and Luthiers. They know about custom guitars and have knowledge about how to assist players to find special guitars for their needs. I appreciate their dedicated service for players and also for makers.

Michihiro Matsuda

The Guitars

Michihiro currently offers an M1, M2 and Parlor model. Find out more about each of these models...

Models

M1

The M1 is slightly larger than OM size, with a deeper body.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
11 and ¼”
Lower bout width/depth
15 and ½”
Length
19 and 3/8”
Waist
9 and 1/8”
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Mahogany or Indian Rosewood
Neck
Mahogany
Neck profile
round
Fretboard
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1 and ¾”
Peg head veneer
Rosewood
Rosette
simple one ring
Purfling
white and black
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Rosewood
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
https
//75vsoamvsekw216e-24937431126.shopifypreview.com/pages/luthiers

M2

The M2 is a OO size model, with a deeper body.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper Bout Width/depth
10 and 9/16” - 3 and 5/8"
Lower Bout Width/ depth
14 and 5/16” - 4 and 1/8"
Length
18 and ¾”
Waist
8 and ¾”
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Mahogany or Indian Rosewood
Neck
Mahogany
Neck profile
round
Fretboard
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1 and ¾”
Peg head veneer
Rosewood
Rosette
simple one ring
Purfling
white and black
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Rosewood
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
Saddle type
¼” wide style
Brace pattern
Matsuda X bracing
String spacing
2 and ¼” at saddle
Scale length
25”

Parlor

The smallest bodied instrument offered from Matsuda Guitars.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Lower bout width/depth
12 and 13/16” - 4 and 3/16”
Upper bout width/depth
10”/ 3 and 3/8”
Length
18 and 5/8"
Waist
8.5"
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Mahogany or Indian Rosewood
Neck
Mahogany
Neck profile
round
Fretboard
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1 and ¾”
Peg head veneer
Rosewood
Rosette
simple one ring
Purfling
white and black
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Rosewood
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
Saddle type
3/32”
Brace pattern
Matsuda X bracing
Scale length
24 and ¾”

Why Buy From The North American Guitar

Secure payment methods

We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal or bank and wire transfers

Flexible finance options

We offer an array of flexible finance options so that you can secure your dream guitar

Safe and secure packaging

All instruments ship in triple-layered guitar boxes stuffed with packing peanuts

Fully insured global shipping

We use the most trustworthy couriers to give peace of mind no matter the location

No hidden fees or taxes

What you see at checkout is what you pay so there are no surprises at your door

72-hour appraisal period

All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied