I've been building and repairing guitars since before 1987. My adventure began when I decided I wanted to learn to play guitar, so I began taking lessons in 1985 just out of high school. I learned on my father's wonderful 1964 Gibson J-45 acoustic but of course I wanted an electric soon enough. Being very short on funds but quite able to use tools, I looked at every guitar in the music stores I took lessons at, and learned how they were made. I say that every guitar I touched taught me something. I then bought a guitar out of the junk room in the store, for 15 dollars, and soon had it playing. I then began a process of upgrading it. And eventually, I upgraded EVERYTHING on it. After I'd replaced even the plywood body with a new made mahogany body I put together in my garage, I began to think I could just make a whole guitar. With the aid of the great tools at the Patrick Air Force Base wood hobby shop, I soon did that. It came out great...but it was better after I fixed a serious problem that cropped up within a year or so. That guitar is still AWESOME. Made in 1987, rebuilt in 1988. It would be a few years before I made my next guitar. And I've made guitars ever since then. I don't make many per year but they all show steady progress and improvement. My work matured over the past few years and today I'll compare my guitars that I make now, head to head, against any competition at any price point.
I make elite quality guitars. Pick one up and you will agree.
I don't really offer "standard" models. I make only set neck guitars, guitars that I'll happily compare to the best made in Nashville, Tennessee, or Stevensville, Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter. Within broad limits, the models I make are the models you and I create together.
The only way to buy a Matthews Guitar is directly from me. All are hand made by me in Satellite Beach, Florida. Every one is different, unique, and distinctive, and every one is well documented. Every one that sells beyond this point will be documented on this website. If it's not on this website, it is not an authentic Matthews Guitar. You can not buy my guitars from Amazon or Alibaba or any online retailer. Any guitars you find that bear my logo from any such site is FAKE.
I will not touch any fake guitar no matter how much you love it. I will do some guitar repairs but not on a fake. If you have a fake Gibson that needs refretting, too bad, so sad, I won't touch it, even though my fretwork is first rate. I will not reward you for buying a ripoff.
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