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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.

Resonator guitars

The stunning resonator guitars featured in the pictures above are of handmade resonators made right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand by Russ Mattsen. For over 10 years Luthier Russ Mattsen has been handcrafting Resonator Guitars, built to inspire the playing of the Blues. With design options across materials such as brass, copper and nickel or innovative or traditional body style options these resonators are absolutely amazing to play and there is one currently available at Mojo SOund in Wellington.