This instrument will be on display at our Boutique Guitar Showcase on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at our San Rafael store.
If interested in purchasing, please contact us. As these instruments are unique and one-of-a-kind, we need to confirm if it is still available at the time of your inquiry.
(provided by Boutique Guitar Showcase)
Soundboard, located under the top face: a broken piano soundboard.
There is the brand name on its face. It is from Chickering and Sons’ Pianos. They were a high quality piano maker in Boston. serial No.69300 or 69308.
Neck and body: Unidentiﬁed broken Les Paul copy guitar that I found in local Craigslist.
The sound reﬂector at back is made from a broken kitchen table.
Researching nontraditional alternative wood for guitars, using recycled, reclaimed lumbers for guitars has been getting attention. On the other hand, it is not often for us to talk about recycling manufactured and crafted guitars. Including electric and acoustic, many guitars are produced and sold in the world. Many of them are surprisingly inexpensive, though they are decent quality and good value for beginners and students. Because of these inexpensive prices, they are not likely been in maintenance, and repair. The repair costs would be more than buying new guitars in many cases.
I have been wondering how many guitars are actually in use by players, or
being used for something meaningful for people after a few years after purchasing without any maintenance. For this project, the ﬁrst thought that came to my mind is how I can make something “new” guitars out of broken guitars, instead of repairing them. In other words, how I can add new value to unusable guitars. It is the project which combines “recycle” “art” and “guitars”. also “ identiﬁcation” comes to the interesting point in this project. I am making a new guitar by using unusable guitar as material. I intentionally found a broken Les Paul copy guitar as representation of iconic guitar identity. Then I intentionally did not alter this guitar shape. It is a Les Paul guitar shape. I did it, because I wanted to ask a question, which is that “Am I recycling Les Paul design as a part of recycle project? Is it appropriation in art? Or is it just copy?”
It is acoustic electric guitar. it doesn’t have acoustic box, but it has acoustic sound board. This actual sound board locates under chopsticks top face. There is narrow open space between top face and the sound board. Arch top style bridge set on sound board. Instead of having acoustic box, there is sound reﬂector located at back, center of the body is hollowed out.
I didn’t have any intended tonal character to achieve on this guitar. I just like to accept whatever the sound come out. I am curiously interested to see what sound come out from these recycled materials.
*Above are the words of Michihiro Matsuda, unaltered to convey the truest representation of his art.
Be sure to join us at our event on Saturday, October 4th to see this instrument in person!
For children 12yo+ and adults.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at Bananas at Large San Rafael FREE