ARTIST-MADE ONE-OF-A-KIND INSTRUMENTS
“You can count on mathematics as far as the scale is concerned, but once it gets down to making ‘em play right, every one’s different … really unique things. So you wind up treating every one different, and then working on ‘em, you don’t get bored.”
— Guy Clark (1941 – 2016)
Mike is a total artist and human being. His instruments are a meditation on sound and material that lead him in directions that often blur the lines between known guitar classifications.
The guitar I possess is a perfect amalgamation of my childhood cowboy guitar, a Martin 00-15, and those small 19th Century Spanish flamenco guitars. This guitar demands to be passed around at a campfire and has the energy of an old drinking buddy even though it is a new instrument.
Mike’s instruments are best experienced in person and sampled one by one like going to an art exhibition. Each is truly unique and delivers something very different than the next. I often think of the great Texas troubadour and guitar-maker, Guy Clark, when playing his instruments.
— Beau Bledsoe
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”