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Guitar Materials & Innovation – Resonators and Hole Heads

In May I mentioned the awesome talent invested in Mattsen resonators after having tried one out at Mojo Sound in Wellington. Mattsen are made in Neslon, Aotearoa, New Zealand and if you are ever here you should visit Russ Mattsen at his studio and play one of his exquisitely crafted resonator guitars – they really are something else.

I thought I would have another look at interesting guitar technologies that involve innovations in materials. We`ve already had a look at the Carbon Fibre Handle so tday I`m going to push the envelope and have a quick look at some NZ resonators that are made of some rather innovative and distinctive materials, as well as another guitar that has a few extra holes in it the black bird rider.

Tesla Birdfish & Niwa

The tesla birdfish sounds like the the country cousin of God`s oddest mix up the Duck Billed Platypus. The egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it but there is no reason to be baffled by either the birdfish, the niwa, the tesla or the prodigy for these are a series of guitars hand built by Ulrich Teuffel and they are beautiful machines where form and function precisely and naturally intertwine.