INSPECTED FOR QUALITY
From Matsuda Guitars:
Top Face: Used chopsticks from a local sushi bar.
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.
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.
Body/Top: Plywood, Spruce and Chopsticks
Nut Width: 1.6875"
Fretboard Material/Radius: Wenge, 15.75"
Frets: 22 Stainless Steel
Pickups: Seymour Duncan '59
Finish: Oil and Resin
Case: Cedar Creek Case