Matthew John Bascetta has been making stringed instruments since 1999.  Originally from the United States, he learned to make fine dulcimers while working for Folkcraft Instruments in his home town of Winsted, Connecticut.  He then studied acoustic guitar making with Ivon Schmukler, master guitar maker and repairer in Northampton, Massachusetts (see links below). With Ivon, he learned the fine points to instrument making and tool making.

     He came the UK to study classical guitar and violin construction at the Leeds College of Music, where he learned from Bill Dinsdale and Kevin Wilkes.  After completing college he has moved to the Wirral and now makes and repairs stringed instruments from his shop in Spital.  He specialises in steel-string guitars, dulcimers, and the mandolin family of instruments.

     Matthew prides himself on working with the customer on all aspects of design and construction of your instrument, making truly unique and custom instruments. He is a member of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, Guild of American Luthiers, Non-Such Dulcimer Club and the National Association of Instrument Repairers.

 

www.myspace.com/bascettastrings                                                                                      Heres the myspace for Matthew, click occasionally to see whats new.

http://www.ivonschmukler.com/                                                                                          Website for the master luthier Ivon Schmukler.

www.fairportconvention.co.uk
What more can be said about the quintessential English folk/rock band. 

www.martinpleass.com                                                                                                          Martin is an amazing musician with quite a history.  He plays a custom Bascetta dulcimer and teaches lessons in dulcimer playing.  He is also the owner of SoundMove Music in Bebington, Wirral.

www.myspace.com/heresyofthieves                                                                                    Theses thugs make proper metal.

www.agnesfountain.com
Home page for St. Agnes Fountain, wonderful folk group featuring Chris While, Julie Matthews, David Hughs, and Chris Leslie.

www.leedsguitar.com
The website for the lutherie school in the US run by Ivon Schmukler, master guitar maker and my mentor.  Information about the school as well as a gallery of Ivon's instruments and some great tips.

www.tradmusic.com
Great site with everything on traditional music from around the world.

www.digitalmack.com
My mate Tim's site featuring his art.

www.nonsuchdulcimer.org.uk
The site with all you need if you love dulcimers.

www.guitarchordsmagic.com                                                                                                        Free guitar chord charts @ Guitar Chords Magic.

Johnson String Instruments: violin, viola and cello sales, rentals, strings and accessories, plus sheet music, and much more.  Based in New England, USA.

www.guitarnotes.com                                                                                                                 Everything the online guitarist will need.

www.myspace.com/jacktarmusic                                                                               Singer/Songwriter from Connecticut, USA.  Also, at one time, my apprenctice (see his pics section for photos of the guitar he built!).

www.enikomagyar.com                                                                                                          Eniko Magyar is increasingly recognized as the most promising young violist to have emerged from Hungary in recent years.

http://www.myspace.com/bobcasterguitars                                                                                   Bob Grocott makes the most authentic Telecaster recreations on the market.  Check this out if you love Teles.

http://www.luthierdirectory.co.uk                                                                                 Comprehensive list of all UK luthiers.

www.tonetechluthiersupplies.co.uk                                                                                  Excellent source of tonewoods and luthier's tools.

 

 

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