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Stratocaster-style guitar built by Kanji Kawabata
(Image credit: Kanji Kawabata/Instagram)

We're all aware of the guitar-making process, but until it’s witnessed first-hand – or unless you’ve embarked on an ill-fated attempt to build your own electric guitar – it’s sometimes easy to take for granted the sheer level of expertise that goes into producing these instruments.

This is especially true for custom builds constructed by highly trained, expertly skilled luthiers, who have taken slabs of wood from their flagship form to the final product with nothing but their hands, tools, knowledge and patience.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.