Mankato Guitars by Rosie Interview
NAME: Rosanne Machado
NICK NAME : Rosie Mankato
LIVING IN : Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil
TRAINING & BACKGROUND: UFPR, Leandro Mombach Lutherie Center at Parana’s Federal University (Class of 2016)
PLAYING: Acoustic and Electric guitar and bass and a bit of everything! (I’m a music producer)
LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: Christoph Noe, from On Guitars
INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: A “baby” acoustic guitar
LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT : The Weepies, Sirens
LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: So We Won’t Forget by Khruangbin
LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : @banda_patada
MOST IMPRESSIVE INSTRUMENT YOU EVER HAD IN HAND: An old-time “Deering” banjo. They’re are incredible.
MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : I had to repair multiple holes in the back of a cello that looked like a coffin. It didn’t look like a coffin on purpose though.
Master luthier Leandro Mombach taught me how to design instruments using the Golden Ratio, I always start with a couple of golden ratio blocks.
I take inspiration from indie guitars from the 50s and 60s like the Italian “Eko” and the Japanese “Teisco”.
My goal is to build guitars that look like they’re from another era but have a tough modern structure.
I’d say the “Scout” model. Named after “Scout” from the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” in honor of all tomboy girls out there.
To me, this guitar represents women occupying spaces that were not traditionally inclusive.
I’m a strong believer that if someone cooks in a bad mood, the food will taste wrong, that said, our company philosophy is basically: never touch an instrument in a bad mood.
Definitely the technique, I’ve learned that if you mess up 1 millimeter, a demanding guitar player WILL notice. There’s no way around this fact, so you got to have your technique sharp.
Some buyers know exactly what they want, some think they do but actually don’t, and some are confused by internet forums. I always try to interview everyone and ask questions like: “what guitar players do you enjoy”, “treble = good or treble = trouble?”, “crunchy or smooth?”, the questions just get weirder and weirder until we’ve extracted every piece of useful information.
For custom instruments, we have a special interview process, so we can understand every specific need.
We have custom templates made and even prototypes sometimes. The build of all of our instruments take up to 5 months.
Monica Agena has her own signature guitar line with us, we’re so proud to be working with and supporting women in this space.
There’s Erica Silva and Naira Debertolis from “Mulamba”.
We also have Latin Grammy Winner Jr. Tostoi playing a custom “Scout”.
We have access to such beautiful and rich wood here in Brazil, that’s why our logo says “tropical guitars”.
I have to take this opportunity to bring awareness that the Amazon has lost more than 10 million football fields of forest in a decade. Many international companies import this illegal product for easy profit, and Brazilian laws are highly ineffective right now.
We take pride in using these resources respectfully. We urge people to support instruments that use local woods or/and are committed to preserving the environment.
There are many types of wood that aren’t traditional in lutherie but produce beautiful tones, we need to demystify this urgently.
We are a relatively new company, so we’re still preparing for guitar shows and making prototypes available for people to try out.
People can order our instruments on our official website mankatoguitars.com and directly from Luthiers.com by sending us a message when we’ll be making more instruments available.
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