Michi Matsuda Acoustic Guitars

See an interview with Michi on the review pages of this website.

Michi Matsuda moved from Tokyo to the US in 1997 to study at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. When he graduated he was chosen to apprentice with Ervin Somogyi. After three years with Ervin he studied acoustic guitar repair with Frank Ford of Gryphon Stringed Instruments.

In 2002 Michi opened his own workshop in Oakland California where he builds his outstanding and original acoustic guitars. He says;

“Pairing traditional woodworking skills with an innovative sense of design and construction, I build around ten to twelve acoustic guitars each year. I strive to make instruments that integrate fine materials with organic shapes and graceful lines. Each of my acoustic guitars is unique, personal, and individual, even if it is one of my basic models The acoustic guitar is the tool of the performer.

Good acoustic guitars enable anybody to express themselves musically and artistically. But I start to think that acoustic guitars are not just the tool to make music, they are more than that. In the process of making the acoustic guitar, the wood becomes a musical instrument. I am the person who puts the voice into the acoustic guitar, and with my creative visual and sonic design choices, I am expressing myself artistically as well. My custom instruments not only meet the technical needs of the player; they are also personal creative works from my imagination.”




  1. Matsuda M2 - Sitka & Figured Sapele (used)

    Matsuda M2 - Sitka & Figured Sapele (used)

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    I'm lost for words. The work of a genius.

    Michi used a titanium truss rod on this guitar, he says it is the lightest instrument he has made. It is incredibly responsive with deep, warm and clear tone and has great balance with strong and well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and full, clear trebles and the resonance of a bigger guitar. As I've said before it takes a master to combine qualities that would be either/or in lesser instruments. Built in 2010.


    • Sitka spruce top
    • Quilted sapele back and sides
    • 24.75” scale
    • 1 23/32" nut width
    • 2 ¼" string spacing at saddle
    • 14 5/16" lower bout
    • Titanium truss rod
    • Sculpted heel
    • African blackwood/Cocobolo headstock veneer
    • Rosewood bindings
    • Rosewood backstrip
    • Abalone rosette
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Wenge fretboard
    • Wenge bridge
    • Maple/Cocobolo/Maple purflings
    • MOP/Abalone position markers
    • Waverly tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Cedar Creek case

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