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72 Central Rd, Port Sunlight, The Wirral, CH62 5AW
+44(0)779 169 1251

Matthew J Bascetta
hand crafted stringed instruments & repairs

Matthew J BascettaMatthew 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. 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 Port Sunlight. 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 Repairmen.


InstrumentsMatthew takes on commissions for almost any kind of stringed instrument, working with the customer through all stages of design and construction from wood selection and inlay to tone and finish.

Matthew also takes on repair and restoration work.  He will first do a detailed diagnostic of your instrument and then give an estimate before beginning any work.


Flat top mandolin, sitka spruce top, bubinga back and ribs, crushed coral rosette, and indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Indian rosewood head veneer on mandolin with signature inlay.

Bubinga back with lapis stone inlay.



-Options include binding and purfling details, and choice of 1 3/8" (35mm) and 1 1/2" (38mm) fingerboard widths.

-All models have scroll heads, bone nut and saddles and 27" (686mm) scale length (unless requested otherwise).

-We are now the leading UK supplier of L.R. Baggs transducer dulcimer pickup. This pickup takes the place of the bridge and has a 1/4" endpin jack for plugging in.

Steel String Guitars:

-All guitars are custom designed around the player with the most poplular style being the Martin OM and OOO.

-All guitars include bone nut and saddle, adjustable truss rod, and fine tuned tops. Any scale length is available, the most commonly requested is 25.4" (645mm) Martin scale.

Guitars start as low as £850 for basic models.

Flat Top Mandolins from £500

Dulcimers from £350

Source http://www.mjbluthier.co.uk
January, 2007