Matteo Mancuso

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Matteo Mancuso
Born (1996-11-22) 22 November 1996 (age 26)
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Years active2006–present
  • Independent

Matteo Mancuso (born 22 November 1996) is an Italian jazz and rock guitarist from Palermo, Sicily. Mancuso does not use a guitar pick and he uses a unique finger-style right hand technique.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mancuso was born in 1996 in Palermo. He started playing guitar with his father Vincenzo at the age of 10. He went on to study classical guitar in the high school in Palermo.[2]


Mancuso has played with many of Sicily's musicians. "He continues to play with his father Vincenzo Mancuso with whom he plays a wide repertoire from Django Reinhardt to contemporary jazz."[3]

Mancuso performed at NAMM 2019 in Los Angeles.[4] He also performed at the Young Guitarist Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2022, Mancuso performed with Al Di Meola in the thirty-first edition of Eddie Lang Jazz Festival.[5]


In 2017, Mancuso founded a trio called “SNIPS”, which includes Salvatore Lima, on drums and Riccardo Oliva on bass. SNIPS is a jazz fusion band and their music is based on rearrangements of popular fusion standards and original compositions. Recently the trio has played at the Musika-Expo in Rome and in April at Musikmesse in Frankfurt.[4][6]


Mancuso has developed a unique finger style technique: at times he uses his picking hand like Wes Montgomery and he switches to using a rest stroke with his index finger and middle finger to pick the strings like a classical guitar player.[2] It is a unique finger-style right hand technique.[7] Mancuso is followed by a large international audience on the internet.[2] He has been called a virtuoso on the guitar.[8]

"There's this Italian kid on the internet—Matteo Mancuso. He's 20 or something. He plays an SG and he does this almost flamenco-style thing. I mean, he's a virtuoso beyond virtuosos." Tosin Abasi[9]

Endorsements and gear[edit]

Mancuso is sponsored by Yamaha and Line 6. Mancuso plays a Yamaha Revstar 720B equipped with a Bigsby Vibrato and 2 VT5 humbuckers. He also uses a Line 6 Helix LT pedalboard and a Fractal AX8. Early on Mancuso played a Gibson SG guitar.

Mancuso used MAMA pickups in his guitar.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Watch Matteo Mancuso (SNIPS) jam with Yamaha Revstar 720B". Europe Yamaha. Yamaha Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Brown, Pete (October 2018). "Matteo Mancuso Internet Guitar Phenomenon". Vintage Guitar. 32 (12): 33. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Matteo Mancuso". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Florio, Maria Luisa. "Guitarist Matteo Mancuso flies to Los Angeles for the NAMM show". Bagheria News. LG MULTIMEDIA. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Eddie Lang Jazz Festival, finale col botto: il duetto Di Meola-Mancuso infiamma il palco | isNews - Molise". Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  6. ^ Guitar World Staff (13 June 2018). "Watch This Breathtaking Cover of Jaco Pastorious' "The Chicken"". Guitar World. Future Publishing Limited Quay House. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Watch Matteo Mancuso (SNIPS) jam with Yamaha Revstar 720B". Europe Yamaha. Yamaha Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ Horn, Jazzmeia (9 January 2018). "Jazzmeia Horn Soars in Orvieto". Downbeat. Jazzmeia Horn Soars in Orvieto. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ BOSSO, JOE. "Is Tosin Abasi Flirting With The Mainstream?". Music Aficionado. Music Aficionado. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  10. ^ "matteo mancuso". Mama Pickups. MAMA pickups. Retrieved 5 January 2020.

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