Matt Bigler has been using Eminence products since 2004. As lead guitarist and background vocalist for some of country music’s best up and coming artists, Matt has toured the southwest and across the US. He has honed his skills as a guitarist and performer over the years playing a variety of stages from small clubs to large venues and stadiums.
Matt has shared the stage and played with such artists as Bryan White, Craig Morgan, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Reckless Kelly, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Krystal Keith, Scooter Brown Band, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, John Stone(American Young), Whiskey Myers and more. Matt is currently Playing for many up and coming Nashville artists. Most notably are the amazingly talented Chad Ray Crochet and Ryan Broshear.
His influences are as diverse as are his abilities and the music he has played over the years. Vocally, he has been influenced by the likes of George Strait, Wade Hayes, Marty Roe, Randy Houser, Keith Urban, and more. His guitar playing is just as diverse, being influenced by Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Jerry Reid, James Burton, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Vince Gill, John Mayer, Roy Nichols, and more.
Over the years Matt has worked hard to develop a marketable and unique guitar tone that pays homage to many of the same guitarists mentioned above.
The two main electric guitars that Matt plays and depends upon in the studio and on stage are custom built Telecaster style guitars that he designed and built from scratch himself. Matt is a very skilled guitar technician, luthier, and carpenter. The guitar cabinets that he plays through on the road and in the studio were also designed and custom built by Matt to his exact specifications using an Eminence Wizard and Swamp Thang in his 2×12.
Matt started playing guitar in the small ranching community of Wickenburg Arizona at 13 and began learning the art of audio engineering at 19. He played in a number of bands in high school and shortly after graduation he became the lead guitarist for VMR, a local band with minor label interests. He later went on to play guitar with the internationally acclaimed classic country band ‘The Arizona Outlaws’ who toured and played with such country music greats as Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Matt credits a great deal of his growth as a musician and performer to time he spent with Jim Monnett, Chuck Brinkman and the rest of the ‘Outlaws’.
Throughout his entire life Matt has always had the dream, drive, and determination that makes him one of the best guitarists, engineers, producers, and technicians in the business.