Matt Maranger is a highly skilled and imaginative luthier who utilises reclaimed tonewood in his builds and also uses enviromentally friendly products in his finish. He graduates from his Luthier college with a Masters.
His acoustic archtop and flat top acoustic builds are made in such away you can’t take your eyes off them, his electric builds are totally avant garde and need to be seen.
I like Matt as he has a particular eye in shape and form that appeals to me straight away and I know I’m not the only player and dealer / collector that feels the same way.
I give you the Lady Bug.
Top - Bear claw Englemann Spruce (dried 17 years)
Back and Sides - East Indian Rosewood (dried 30 years)
Neck - South American Mahogany (dried 40 years)
Fingerboard - EI Rosewood
Bridge - Bocote / Ebony
Nut Material - Bone
Tailpiece - Maple, EI Rosewood, Ebony Veneer. Features inlayed "ladybug"
Binding - EI Rosewood W/Maple side purfling, B/W top purfling
Body Dimensions - 16" lower bout, 21" long, 3.25" (heel) to 3.75" side depth
Scale - 25"
FB Radius - 16'
Tuners - Rubner
Double action truss rod
Nut Width - 1 3/4"
12th Fret width - 2 1/8"
Top bracing - Hand cut white spruce arranged in a Lattice / X brace hybrid
Back bracing - Hand cut spruce
Neck Joint - Bolt on W/ mortise and tenon
Top, back and fingerboard extension are glued on with hide glue for ease of removal
Finish - Nitro Cellulose (I did not pore fill this instrument, as I find it reduces shimmer and depth within the wood surface)--