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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.