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Michihiro Matsuda

Fine Handcrafted Custom Acoustic Guitars


About Myself

I was born and raised in Japan. I have liked music, guitars, and making something by hand, since a young age. It seems that it was natural for me to get in guitar making, though I didn't know about fine woodworking.

After finishing an apprenticeship with master luthier Ervin Somogyi. I started my luthier studio here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Following my apprenticeship, I studied guitar repair with renowned instrument repairman Frank Ford of Gryphon Stringed Instruments, where I am currently a member 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.

Therefore, 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.

Upcoming Events.

Experience my work at this upcoming show!

Sound Messe in Osaka 2024

May 11-12, 2024 in Osaka, Japan

offical web page

Coming soon


Michihiro Matsuda

Guitar Maker/Luthier

Redwood city, California


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