I have heard and played many Mattinglys, both cedar and
spruce topped and with Brazilian and Indian back and sides.
A respected professor of guitar at a nearby state university
recommended them to several students, which helped
popularize them. They are impressive guitars. The
craftmanship on all of them has been most outstanding. The
sound is excellent. Although I have "test driven" several
of them, I have not found a single dead note or a wolf tone.
They are remarkably easy to play, although I cannot
determine the reason for this. Perhaps there are
several reasons, including the extraordinary quality of his
ebony fingerboards. I have not heard of any that needed
repair due to cracking, etc., but know of one that was
refretted. I almost bought one, but instead bought
a 1991 Paul McGill. In speaking with Paul, he gave me some
background on Robert Mattingly. Mattingly died in 1991 or
1992. For a few years before his death, he suffered from
severe arthritis, which limited the use of his hands. He
continued building guitars even though it became
increasingly difficult and painful for him to hold and use
tools. The quality of his guitars did not suffer however.
For a few years after he died, completed guitars were sold
from his estate. I have seen them listed from $3,000 to
$5,000 in the past 3 or 4 years. A friend of mine owns one
and I have the "right of first refusal" on it in the event
that he ever decides to part with it. Good luck.
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American Lutherie published an article upon his passing, unfortunately I
cannot lay my hands on that issue at this moment. You might check their
website for back issue contents.
I have never had the pleasure of playing one of his guitars but I have heard
they are quite fine concert instruments. As far as a secondary market value,
that is difficult to guage. Past sales will reflect what has been done
historically. I have data on specific makers, their guitars, price and
broker for the past six years or so, however, I can't lay my hands on that
information either. All good intentions, but I can't find any of it.
You might try GSI, CGI, Brune, Guitar Salon, or Rosewood Guitar for any
possible prices for his guitars. They have all sold examples of his work in
Hope this is of some help.
Stephen Bell wrote in message <3841CEED...@evesta.com>...
By the way the Cedar top is for sale if you are interested.
Bob Mattingly was the first luthier to show me his shop back when he was
working at World of Strings in Long Beach California. He was unbelievably
kind and generous with his time since I was very new to CG at that time.
Even back then Bob had arthritis but he played a bit on an old beat up
guitar he had on the wall. Luthiers make magic with wood and I'm so happy
that there are so many good ones these days. I'll never forget Bob's lecture
at one of the GFA festivals. His colorful mix of Navy language and luthier
talk was so entertaining to listen to. I was so sorry to hear of his death.
A friend of mine has one of his guitars and I've played several others.
Very nice guitars but not what I was looking for.