“It’s a little bit softer and you get a different attack”: Matteo Mancuso took the guitar world by storm with his otherworldly playing style – now he’s revealed the secret to his flawless fingerpicking tone: fake nails

Matteo Mancuso
(Image credit: Paolo Terlizzi)

Matteo Mancuso’s electric guitar playing style is, by and large, defined by two traits: an otherworldly level of technicality and a pristine fingerpicking tone that oozes clarity and precision.

There is, of course, more to the young Sicilian’s playing – don’t even get us started on his elite phrasing – but it’s that borderline-incomprehensible level of effortlessness and flawless fingerstyle tone that first attracted plaudits from the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa and Al Di Meola.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.

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