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Category:Matao guitars

Matao was a low priced, entry level musical instrument brand produced and imported between 1967–1983, and exclusively sold by the Music West franchise chain in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Northern California. Matao guitars were made in Japan and Korea Matao by the Hoshino factory.[1][2]

Matao also manufactured other string instruments including bass guitars, ukeleles, and banjos,[1] and various band instruments for school orchestras including drums, brasses (sax, trumpet and trombone), strings (violin, cello) and woodwinds, (clarinet, flute).


  1. a b Matao (1967-1983). luthiers and guitar brands.
  2. Matao Guitars?. The Acoustic Guitar Forum (08-26-2006 ~ 01-14-2011). "Buck62 (02-05-2008, 12:16 AM): Matao guitars were manufacuted in Japan during the "copy era" of the mid to late 70's at the Hoshino factory. Hoshino also manufactured Ibanez, Penco, Elger, El Maya and Aims guitars, which were sold by Randall.   Matao's were sold exclusively by a small chain of guitar stores called "Music West" in Oregon and Washington state. ..."


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