Alan Matta, cigar box luthier

There should be a name for luthiers that use cigar boxes as their source of wood for bodies. There are people who make cigar box ukuleles, cigar box guitars, and cigar box violins. There was one craftsman who asked Winston Churchill for his empty cigar boxes and made a very fine violin out of them.

In Long Beach, Washington, a town just North of Astoria, Oregon (on the Columbia river), there is a luthier who makes ukuleles as well as three string and four string tenor guitars. His name is Alan Matta, and he uses whatever he can scrounge in cigar boxes and materials. Each instrument is unique. They all come with a piezo pickup so you can plug them into a small amp, or if you want to rock the neighborhood, your Marshall stack.

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