“I saw this guitar when Michi debuted it and we are delighted to have a chance to offer it to our clients. Everything about this Matsuda guitar is an expression of art and music. The low extension and capo work very simply and allow for instant access to creativity. Beside the obvious move to Low D, in alternate tunings many other possibilities come to life as well. It’s so well implemented that you do not need to retune either. Putting all the artful touches aside, this guitar has an inspiring musical character. It’s voice is beyond impressive, it’s sonorous, open and full of life. Michi is only making about 6 guitars per year so it is very rare that we have a preowned Matsuda. Here’s your chance to own perhaps the most creative builder working today.” – Paul Heumiller
“The tone on this work of art is unsurpassed. The low D extension is pretty cool, if you play a lot in Drop D tuning, although you have to remember the fingering doesn’t change from standard tuning when you use this feature.” – Al Petteway
This incredible Matsuda M1 guitar features a custom split headstock and Low D extension “capo” that drops the low E string down a full step. This wonderful instrument also showcases Michi’s impressive artistic talents. From the sweeping rosette, to the multi-dimensional side soundport to the ergonomic “sloped” neck heel, this is as fine a guitar as we’ve ever seen. The old growth Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and perfect Italian Spruce top make for a sublime, full tone with rich bass and musical treble that are clear and present. An incredible guitar that can change tunings with the flick of a wrist.
- Body Size: Medium
- Scale: 25 11/32 in. (643.65 mm)
- Nut Width: 1 3/4 in. (43.7 mm)
- String Spacing: 2 1/4 in. (57.15 mm)
- Body Length: 19 5/16 in.
- Upper Bout: 11 3/16 in.
- Lower Bout: 15 1/2 in.
- Serial #: 67
- Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 3/4 in.
- Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 7/16 in.
- Frets to body: 14
- Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Top Wood: Italian Spruce
- Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Rosette: Custom Rosewood
- Binding: Ebony
- Fingerboard Bindings: none
- Headplate: Custom
- Headstock Bindings: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: None
- Top Trim: Custom
- Back Strip: Rosewood
- Fret Markers: None
- Tuners: Sperzel
- Tuner Finish: Gold