I am pleased to introduce Leading Tone’s new in-house luthier, Matthew Tolley. He will be taking exceptional care of all shop and customer guitars needing setups, repairs or modifications. He is also capable of making you an incredible custom guitar.
Matthew graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2002, and has been making guitars ever since. Examples of his work can be seen here. Last week Matthew brought in one of his Archtops and a Mandolin, they look better in person than the gallery shots. The tone on both instruments was incredible; The Archtop was the loudest, most articulate jazz guitar I have ever played, the Mandolin’s song was as sweet as honey. Both instruments were effortless to play. Other notable alumni from Roberto Venn include Michael Collins and Joe Naylor (Reverend Guitars).
After graduating from Roberto Venn, Matthew worked at The Rick Turner Renaissance Guitar Co. where he constructed instruments for a variety of high profile artists including: Stanley Clarke (Return to Forever), Mike Gordon (Phish), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), John Cowan (New Grass Revival), and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac).
Since moving to Seattle Matthew has been working at Dusty Strings in their manufacturing facility. He has enjoyed his time there but is looking forward to spending more time working with guitars. Matthew will be in the shop every Saturday and will be full time, by the end of August. I encourage you to stop by and meet him.