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Matthias Roux
Matthias Roux, Head Luthier at Casimi Guitars in Cape Town, South Africa is playing a handcrafted boutique steel string acoustic guitar.

Matthias Roux is a master Luthier and co-owner of Casimi Guitars cc.

He has a formidable track record. At age 18 he built his first guitar under the tutelage of Marc Maingard of Maingard Guitars. A classical instrument, it was the first of many to follow. Marc took him on as apprentice on completion of the project and after Completing 12 years at Maingard Guitars, producing over 200 World renowned high-end custom built acoustic steel string and classical guitars rated in the top 5% of hand built instruments in the world, Matthias has started his own company, Casimi Guitars in Cape Town, South Africa, with Matthew Rice.

Matthias’s study and work at Maingard guitars is represented by three certificates. First a basic three year apprenticeship, then moving on to a five year Journeyman as a qualified Guitar Builder, and lastly a ten year Masters certification. For most of this time Matthias was self supervised and was the Head Luthier in charge of production in the Maingard workshop, producing guitars for the likes of Steven Segal, Earl Klugh and top Agents around the world. Covering every aspect of guitar building from design, (including implementing and refining the Bevel Edge, an Idea Maingard Guitars adopted from American Luthier Kevin Ryan), to every aspect of construction, inlaying and finishing.

Matthias has also covered all aspects of guitar repair on acoustic steel string, classical, electric and bass guitars, and full restorations of old expensive antique collectors guitars of all sizes and shapes, breathing new life into them and allowing them, and their owners to sing again!

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