"I have just purchased my second handmade Instrument from Matt Maranger. It is precise and refined in a way I have never known an instrument to be, but make no mistake, it is all character. It has a smell that makes me remember working with my father as a child, the smell of oil, of machines, of a working mans hands. For the first time in my personal musical life I feel I have something to live up to, inspiration like that doesn't come along often."
I’ve had the pleasure to deal with Matt on 3 builds and on each build he’s managed to exceed my expectations. I’m very fortunate to have been given the privilege to have such an in-depth view of the guitar building process and to have an intimate interaction with the luthier. Not only did Matt build me 3 incredibly sounding guitars but has also managed to gift me 3 incredible pieces of art. Every time I play them, I stop to admire the beauty behind the craftsmanship. Having owned many guitars in my life, they are easily 3 of my most prized possessions."
“I met Matt through another Matt to get my Martin neck reset. He did a great job but while I was at his shop I saw all the hand tools and slabs of wood (as well as a couple of guitars!). Something clicked. I saw the Mars Rover and thought it was a unique idea to slightly offset a OO-18 and make it electric! Plus no volume or tone to make you create your sound with your fingers.The ambrosia top is gorgeous.Needless to say, it has a new home! While watching The Last Waltz, Robbie Robertson was playing this double neck with a mandola. It was so slick I decided I was going to find one. I researched the ems-1235 and not too many were made. So,the synapses in my brain started firing! Give Matt a call and discuss if it’s possible to recreate a version of this piece of history. An all Manitoulin guitar with Maple/Walnut and Shipwreck Oak is the result! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Great sound, good action and smooth necks. The mandola is a joy. Thanks Matt!”
"Frankly, the entire process was a joy to be a part of and the bass has impressed me deeply (and trust me, that is NOT an easy thing to do). I think that your care in the build, the woods and overall design has resulted in something unique."
"Matt’s respect for classic aesthetics combined with his unique brand of ingenuity creates a balance of tone and playability that feels old quick, in all the right ways.""