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2005 Matsuda M1, Brazilian Rosewood/Italian Spruce
$22,655 $21,995
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Specs
Status
Pending Sale
Brand
Matsuda
Product Year
2005
Model
M1
Serial #
31
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP922
Condition
Nearly mint
Body Type(s)
Medium, OM/Concert
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Italian
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosette
Spalted Maple
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Maple - Spalted
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.375 in
Upper Bout
11.25 in
Lower Bout
15.625 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.5 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.81 in
Nut Width (mm)
46 mm
String Spacing
2.313 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
5 lb. 5 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - AVS
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Description

Michi Matsuda—a category all of his own. This man blends the disciplines of sculpture and lutherie with a contemporary artist’s eye for contour and color in ways that the rest of us are only just now catching on to. This M1 was originally built for one of our clients in 2005, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to revisit with an old friend. Suspicions have now been confirmed: even 13 years later, Michi’s guitars are gorgeous, timeless, and incredibly resonant.


Rich, red Brazilian Rosewood make up the back and sides, and there’s a tight-grained Italian Spruce on top with a little bit of aged toner in the finish which pairs nicely with the Spalted Maple rosette, waist, and florentine cutaway inlays. Twin koi fish are inlaid in Abalone from frets five to nine, and just after the scalloped nut there’s a final touch of Spalted Maple veneered to the headstock with gold Gotoh 510 tuners and Ebony knobs. The bridge is Rosewood, as are the bindings, and the heelblock features Matsuda’s swoop relief carved into the treble side to coax your left hand a bit closer to the fretboard when playing the uppermost frets.


There’s absolute magic in the naked strings. The treble response is haunting, replete with overtones and palpable sustain. Notes from this M1 hang in the air like a cloud. It’s rare to find a guitar which really feels as comfortable with picks as it does with fingers, but this Matsuda is one such guitar. How Michi manages to coax so much color and dynamism out of his guitars, we’ll probably never know—but we’re glad he does.


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This is a perfect example of what happens to a guitar with time. We helped the original owner build this guitar in 2005, and since then it has become a monster. Big, warm, open bass response and trebles that are fat and juicy. The custom Spalted Maple appointments on this guitar make it one of a kind and stunning.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
STRING SPACING 2.313 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ITALIAN,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Michi Matsuda—a category all of his own. This man blends the disciplines of sculpture and lutherie with a contemporary artist’s eye for contour and color in ways that the rest of us are only just now catching on to.
 

This is a perfect example of what happens to a guitar with time. We helped the original owner build this guitar in 2005, and since then it has become a monster.
 
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