Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto(松本 孝弘), lead guitarist for the band B'z and successful solo guitarist was born on on March 27, 1961 in Osaka. After several years as a session musician in the early 1980s he started on his own solo career in 1988 and released his first album "Thousand Wave". Even after forming the Rock Band B'z, in 1988, Tak kept on working on his solo project. His music is influenced by many artists around the world, to name a few: Eddy Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Guns'n'Roses and many more.
In 1999 Tak was the first asian guitarist to receive his own Gibson Signature Model. There should be more to follow!
So far Tak has released many Solo albums and 13 singles over the last few years.
GIBSON Tak Matsumoto Les Paul Canary Yellow(1999)
A rare guitar and very hard to get any more information about.
At least I found this link, if I were able to read more than hiragana I could maybe translate http://www.j-guitar.com/product_id127206.html
GIBSON Tak Matsumoto "Tak Burst"(2000)
GIBSON Tak Matsumoto "Flame Top" DC
| This huge gap has to be filled
vTak Matsumoto DC Standard Flame Top
My favorite at the time.
Two Burstbuckers like all the models with the best color in the world
Model：Tak Matsumoto DC Standard AQUA BLUE
Body：Mahogany back with Figured maple top
Neck：1 piece mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard,Abalone inlays,TAK MATSUMOTO DC neck profile,Vintage tulip tuners
Hardware：ABR-1 bridge & Stopbar tailpiece
Electronics：Burstbucker 2 & 3 Alnico 5 (Exposed coil),2 volumes,1 tone,3-way selector switch
GIBSON Tak Matsumoto DC Ebony
All over Japan his signature Models have found many fans. Most of the models are japan exclusive but Epiphone made version that are also available within the US and the EU (most import).
A list of his Epihone signature models:Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus TopEpiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Goldtop
These epiphones are generally for the japanese and US market but it's easier to get them from an US seller than a japanese one.
Generally the guitars are in open display all over the shops.
From left to right:
- Gibson Tak Matsumoto "Tak Burst"
- Gibson Tak Matsumoto "Tak Burst" DC
- Gibson Tak Matsumoto Canary Yellow
The prices of the guitars are over the top for "normal" people. But giving a further look into the details like the crafting and technical specs you can see that these guitars are top-notch.
Gibson just stands for itself.
The idea was to link SOME of the Tak Matsumoto Videos from Youtube.
I couldn't decide which ones to post here so here is a link to all Tak related Videos on Youtube you can't do anything wrong ^^Check them out here
Important Links to Tak MatsumotoGibson Users
Something else I want to bring to your attention is this interview back from 2010Tak Matsumoto Interview from Gibson
Another interesting interview Tak Matsumoto; New Album, Signature Gibson Interview
¹) Thanks to red.orchid and Jd-