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Crafters of Instruments

This page is for the maker's, of the very Instuments we play. I look forward to growing this page & adding some of the most talented master's of their crafts...

Russ Mattsen Guitars

Russ Mattsen a true master of his craft, his attention to detail is sublime. His Guitars not only look amazing but the sound that resonate, from them is equally astounding.

If you look up the word 'resonate' in the dictionary this is the discription they give... 'Produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound. Evoke or suggest images, memories, and emotions'... I could not have found a better discriptive word to discribe these guitars. These are made with love and it shows in every aspect.

BandAids are honored to have these featured on our website, if you are interested in seeing more click on the relevent links below. 

Antique Brass Model, Mattsen Resonator Guitars

Year of production: 2011

Running Time: 1:21 min

Russ Mattsen hand builds metal body Resonator guitars in his Nelson, New Zealand workshop. Check out my tribute to Robert Johnson and Blind Blake models.

Weissenborn Resonator Guitar

Year of production: 2012

Running Time: 2:30 min

This Weissenborn was built by Russ Mattsen in his Nelson, New Zealand workshop. This Weissenborn guitar is tuned to Dobro G tuning.

Blind Blake Tribute

Year of production: 2011

Running Time: 1:01 min


This Resonator Guitar model is a Tribute to the great Blind Blake, accomplished guitarist and recording artist of the 1920s.

Blind Blake, king of the Rag Time guitar. Born Arther Blake in about 1893 in Jacksonville Florida. The Rag Time musical genre enjoyed great popularity in the early 1900's. Blind Blake was signed to paramount records in 1926. He was so popular that they released at least one record a every month and from 1926-1932 he recorded 79 songs. Do checkout his most popular songs like "Hasting st", a piano guitar duet, "Too tight" and Diddy wa Diddy". Blake had a unique style which was fast and intricate, he is credited with developing a way to replicate Rag Time piano on guitar.

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Russ Mattsen

49 Douglas Rd,


New Zealand.

Ph 64 3 5485646


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