Featured Artist Series: John "Crash" Matos

Black Eye Strat®

Fender American Standard Stratocaster®

This is the guitar featured on the cards printed exclusively for Rudy’s and features Crash’s trademark woman’s eye on this black bodied American Standard Strat guitar. The woman’s eye in Crash’s work represents “life within One” and he has said that in the mornings when you ride the subways, you can see what kind of day a woman is having by the expression in her eyes.

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Robert on John Crash Matos

“I met John Crash Matos, the world famous graffiti artist when I contacted him about the guitars he had painted especially for Eric Clapton. It was not easy to negotiate having a guitar made for my collection as he said Eric had to grant his permission. Once we were able to gain his approval, Crash made me the first of many amazing art guitars.”

Eric then sold one of his Crash guitars at his Christie’s Auction for The Crossroads Foundation in 2004 for $321,000.00! Since then Crash and I have become good friends and we have since collaborated together on a lot of guitar projects. Aside from the limited run of fifty “Crashocaster” guitars Crash had already done for Fender, together we have worked on many more interesting projects. Among those works was a guitar featuring Crash’s artwork tooled completely by hand in leather by Bill Silverman of El Dorado Guitar Accessories in Pasadena. Crash is currently working on a Flying V which has been ported to allow him to paint on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.”

“With this project, my love of fashion, art and guitars has truly come together in the making of these unique instruments.”

Robert Kantor, May 2010

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