Although Matt Artinger is renowned for his fabulous semi-hollow, archtop, and solid bodied guitars, he also is a masterful builder of acoustic guitars and other unique stringed instruments- Take this beautiful traditional soprano ukulele! A stunner by any definition!
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Matt Artinger is constantly experimenting with the optimal design of sound projection from his guitars, and this model is no exception. The combination of its unique sound port and humbucking pickup, combined with the bracing on this hollowbody instrument give it a tone and projection to die for!
As a photographer in the entertainment field, I meet all kinds of interesting and talented people. One of my old friends, bassist extraordinaire Jason Gano is also a Vice President with Marshall Amplification, manufacturers of some of the most iconic guitar amplifiers in the history of rock & roll! It seemed only natural that Artinger guitars and Marshall amps were destined to meet up to create some special sonic mayhem, so when Jason suggested loaning me a ’58X re-issue for a photo session and window shattering workout, who was I to argue? As my neighbors will attest, the results were musical madness, in the best possible way. As for the beauty of Matt’s guitars, well, you can make up your own mind. ( I, of course, am biased!)
The Godfather, the Grandaddy of them all, the original King of the Jam band, was, of course, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead! Although he played numerous guitars over the course of his career with both the Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band and numerous others, he is most often identified with the custom instruments he played later in his prolific life. Here is Matt Artinger’s unique interpretation, The Garcia Tribute Guitar.
Grouch Marx played one. So does Paul McCartney, & George Harrison always knew they had a certain “Something”! Luthier Matt Artinger knows it, too, as this stunning little number in figured Koa certainly demonstrates.
Matt Artinger is currently partnering with boutique effects pedal guru, Kenn Mogel ( The Tone Monk) with an vision toward future projects involving amps, pedals and advanced sound sculpting technology.