Tom Matlosz has duplicated Steve Howe’s guitar and string setup nearly to the model year, and has created tone nearly indistinguishable from the original. He is likely the biggest Yes fan in the band, is the only one with vanity Yes license plates, and has met Steve Howe a number of times.
Tom was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1954. After taking up the guitar at age seven and playing in bands during his high school and college years, Tom’s musical career was forced to yield to his family responsibilities and professional career. Still Tom continued working independently, learning Steve Howe’s riffs and style, studying every nuance in detail. A chance reply to a musicians magazine want ad lead to affiliation with Patrick Imus, Alex Chigos and Sound Chaser.
Tom’s love of progressive rock started at age seventeen, when he saw his first YES concert, the Fragile tour, the Academy of Music in NYC in 1972. “I recall sitting in the first row of the balcony section. Seeing Rick Wakeman in that sequined cape and hearing the tonality of his mellotron and minimoog did something to me spiritually. Later that night, when I saw Steve Howe wailing away on his big Gibson jazz box during the Yours Is No Disgrace encore, I was hooked forever. The Tales From Topographic Oceans concert at Madison Square Garden and the Relayer concert at Roosevelt Stadium firmly cemented my love of YES music.”
1979 Gibson ES-175D
1974 Gibson ES-345TD
1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Taylor NS34ce Classical Guitar
Martin 000-18 Steel String Acoustic Guitar
1957 Fender Dual Six Professional Steel
Jerry Jones Coral Electric Sitar
J. Montes Rodriguez Spanish Laud (Lute)
G&L ASAT Classic Electric Guitar
G&L Legacy Electric Guitar
Rickenbacker 360-12 Electric Guitar
Amps and Effects: Fender Twin Amp; Line 6 DT-50 2×12; Fender Acoustasonic Jr; Digitech RP-21D; Line 6 HD500; Ernie Ball and Morley Volume Pedals; Fishman Acoustic Pickups/Preamp; Gracie Performer Guitar Stands
Questions for Tom? Email him!