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R.L. (Bob) Mattingly made fine classical instruments and was the owner of “The World of Strings”, a music store in Long Beach, CA. His career as a luthier began in the early ’60s and he was primarily self taught. In the early 70’s he visited many of the great builders in Spain, and even spent a couple of days in the shop with his hero Miguel Rodriguez. Mattingly built over 700 guitars before his untimely death in 1992.
Long considered one of the great American luthiers of classical guitars, Mattingly is well respected for sure. His guitars have a powerful and beautiful voice.