The fine folks at Chicago Music Exchange have relieved me of the burden of buying this lovely Mocha Telecaster Deluxe. Enjoy it, pals! #guitar #vintage #fender #telecaster #deluxe #mocha #wrhb #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

The fine folks at Chicago Music Exchange have relieved me of the burden of buying this lovely Mocha Telecaster Deluxe. Enjoy it, pals! #guitar #vintage #fender #telecaster #deluxe #mocha #wrhb #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This #USACG custom Jaguar is ready to go! I routed this one for the pair of TV Jones Classic pickups — which a few of you future hi-five owners correctly guessed — and installed the electronics before mocking it up. The owner wants to do the final setup work himself, so that makes my job a lot easier. #masterybridge equipped and sounding so sweet. #guitar #custom #fender #jaguar #offsetguitars #tvjones #pickups #filtertrons #otm #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This #USACG custom Jaguar is ready to go! I routed this one for the pair of TV Jones Classic pickups — which a few of you future hi-five owners correctly guessed — and installed the electronics before mocking it up. The owner wants to do the final setup work himself, so that makes my job a lot easier. #masterybridge equipped and sounding so sweet. #guitar #custom #fender #jaguar #offsetguitars #tvjones #pickups #filtertrons #otm #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Check out one of the Guitar Bar’s newest acquisitions: a 1968 National Bobbie Thomas! I love the styling on this one, from the tiny crown inlay on the headstock to the design on the pickup covers. Potent sound, too! #guitar #vintage #national #valco #bobbiethomas #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Check out one of the Guitar Bar’s newest acquisitions: a 1968 National Bobbie Thomas! I love the styling on this one, from the tiny crown inlay on the headstock to the design on the pickup covers. Potent sound, too! #guitar #vintage #national #valco #bobbiethomas #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

lurkasmurkmaster said: How would one go about putting a middle pick up in a tele, but under the pick guard as if it wasn't seen? Would that even work?

Oh yeah, that totally works. Leo Fender designed a guitar in the ’60s called The Marauder, the first version of which had hidden pickups (only a handful of them exist!) and Fender recently reused the idea with the Stealth Esquire model.

To get this to work properly, you’re going to need to choose a really beefy, very hot neck pickup. The reason is that you’re placing the pickup so far away from the strings that you’ll need to compensate somehow. Other than that, you’d wire it just like any normal 3-pickup Fender. 

Progress. A few more clear coats and we’ll be ready to buff. This thing… THIS THING! #guitar #gibson #sg #vintage #refinish #restoration #cherry #lacquer #damn #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Progress. A few more clear coats and we’ll be ready to buff. This thing… THIS THING! #guitar #gibson #sg #vintage #refinish #restoration #cherry #lacquer #damn #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

And four sunburst guitars for our good buddies from @pickwickmusic ready for the studio. Garrett’s Fender Precision, Michael’s Gibson P90-equipped 335 and Eastwood Firebird copy (set up with 12s for slide in an eerie tuning!) and Kory’s Jazzmaster. Setups, a bit of polish, and some special tweaks all around. #guitar #pickwick #guitartech #gibson #es335 #fender #jazzmaster #precison #bass #firebird #eastwood #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

And four sunburst guitars for our good buddies from @pickwickmusic ready for the studio. Garrett’s Fender Precision, Michael’s Gibson P90-equipped 335 and Eastwood Firebird copy (set up with 12s for slide in an eerie tuning!) and Kory’s Jazzmaster. Setups, a bit of polish, and some special tweaks all around. #guitar #pickwick #guitartech #gibson #es335 #fender #jazzmaster #precison #bass #firebird #eastwood #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

We picked up this Gibson SJ-200 ELITE on Sunday, listed it Tuesday and it sold yesterday. Guitars don’t last long around here! Abalone inlays about, from the fingerboard to the open ‘stache bridge, and even on the pickguard. And it sounds incredible! Loud and bassy all over. #guitar #gibson #j200 #sj #acoustic #custom #shop #sunburst #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

We picked up this Gibson SJ-200 ELITE on Sunday, listed it Tuesday and it sold yesterday. Guitars don’t last long around here! Abalone inlays about, from the fingerboard to the open ‘stache bridge, and even on the pickguard. And it sounds incredible! Loud and bassy all over. #guitar #gibson #j200 #sj #acoustic #custom #shop #sunburst #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Hey, @llovab! I found it! Paul Westerberg’s Mexi Telecaster with a boomerang mounted to the face. #guitar #thereplacements #fender #telecaster #replacements #boomerang #paulwesterberg (at Bumbershoot)

Hey, @llovab! I found it! Paul Westerberg’s Mexi Telecaster with a boomerang mounted to the face. #guitar #thereplacements #fender #telecaster #replacements #boomerang #paulwesterberg (at Bumbershoot)

Another fraternal twinsies shot here, this time featuring our blonde/ash Tele Custom and the dreamiest Mocha Tele Deluxe ever, both from 1973. Both fantastic in their own right, I guess the question is whether or not you need the standard Tele bridge pickup. It’s true that a good WRHB doesn’t necessarily twang, but they have such an amazing fundamental tone that you may not even miss it. Warm, loud, focused yet with a low-mid clarity that just isn’t duplicated by the Fender reissues. Have mercy! (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Another fraternal twinsies shot here, this time featuring our blonde/ash Tele Custom and the dreamiest Mocha Tele Deluxe ever, both from 1973. Both fantastic in their own right, I guess the question is whether or not you need the standard Tele bridge pickup. It’s true that a good WRHB doesn’t necessarily twang, but they have such an amazing fundamental tone that you may not even miss it. Warm, loud, focused yet with a low-mid clarity that just isn’t duplicated by the Fender reissues. Have mercy! (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

mmguitarbar:

Nope, THIS was the best part of the night. No sooner had I come off the stage from tearing down for the next band did I see this pop up in my Instagram feed. Matt Sharp––the man, the legend––posted one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read that involved me. He reposted a shot that Other Mike took of our pal Leah (anachronisticmisfit) who is solely responsible for the recreation of the fabled 96 sticker on Matt’s actual bass. He then added the following: ”Believe it or not, this is NOT my bass! This is the product of @puisheen & @anachronisticmisfit bestowing an incredibly humbling honor on yours truly. Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined that someone would take the kind of time and effort that it would take to so perfectly recreate the beaten up old mutt of an instrument that I’ve used on every album I’ve ever played on. If you want to help me salute and celebrate these two lovely lunatics, go to Mike And Mike’s Guitar Bar and take a pic with this crazy, monstrosity of a bajo-doppelgänger and I’ll regram whomever posts the best pic.”You guys. You guys. Matt Sharp just turned our little Weezer project into a freaking contest!!! But above all else, I’m completely honored to have won the approval of one of my biggest heroes. And plus, he posted not only links to our store but our freaking address and phone number. Wild! What a day.
Matt Sharp knows who we are, he knows our names, and he knows where we live!

With more #weezerquest coming down the pipeline, I found myself reminiscing about one of the coolest things that ever happened to me. Thanks, Matt.

mmguitarbar:

Nope, THIS was the best part of the night. No sooner had I come off the stage from tearing down for the next band did I see this pop up in my Instagram feed. Matt Sharp––the man, the legend––posted one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read that involved me. He reposted a shot that Other Mike took of our pal Leah (anachronisticmisfit) who is solely responsible for the recreation of the fabled 96 sticker on Matt’s actual bass. He then added the following: 

Believe it or not, this is NOT my bass! This is the product of @puisheen & @anachronisticmisfit bestowing an incredibly humbling honor on yours truly.

Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined that someone would take the kind of time and effort that it would take to so perfectly recreate the beaten up old mutt of an instrument that I’ve used on every album I’ve ever played on.

If you want to help me salute and celebrate these two lovely lunatics, go to Mike And Mike’s Guitar Bar and take a pic with this crazy, monstrosity of a bajo-doppelgänger and I’ll regram whomever posts the best pic.


You guys. You guys. Matt Sharp just turned our little Weezer project into a freaking contest!!! But above all else, I’m completely honored to have won the approval of one of my biggest heroes. And plus, he posted not only links to our store but our freaking address and phone number. Wild!

What a day.

Matt Sharp knows who we are, he knows our names, and he knows where we live!

With more #weezerquest coming down the pipeline, I found myself reminiscing about one of the coolest things that ever happened to me. Thanks, Matt.

brettthebassist said: Hey, mike. I'm 16 and have been playing a piece of crap 20 dollar strat knock off and making due with a bass amp for almost the past year. I've finally gotten a part time job and am on a quest to get myself a fender hot rod deluxe and an American standard tele before 2014 is over. But my biggest dilemma is which should I purchase first?

OOOOOOOOOOO tough call. Hmm. Well, first thing I tell literally everyone is to buy used, since new guitars are beginning to be prohibitively expensive for even US-made base models. Aye, but there’s the rub! If we all buy used, then new guitars will continue to rise at a quickened pace as companies see fewer profits! I’m going to ignore that for a moment and continue repeating my old mantra: buy used.

The reason I say that is because you can get your dream guitar for less, or an even higher-end model for the same price you’d be for the other one used. That’s me.

As to which piece you should go for first, my first impulse is to say the amp comes first. Reason being, you’re playing through a bass amp which may not be ideal for the sound you’re going for. A better amp can make even a $20 guitar sound better, I think.

Having a quality instrument will of course have a tremendous impact on your tone in its own right, but you’re using an amp that lacks an eq centered for your chosen instrument.

I say amp first, then the guitar. But work hard, look for deals, and you might be surprised at the deals you can make. Good luck!

Checking is one of the most beautiful effects of aging on an old instrument. Like wrinkles, these random cracks that form with changes in temperature have a unique and lovely pattern that inspires the same awe and wonder that I feel from viewing the veins of a leaf, the bubble trails in an ice cube, or the light of long-dead starts in the night sky. They are my favorite. #guitar #love #vintage #gibson #nitro #nitrocellulose #finish #checking #age #patterns

Checking is one of the most beautiful effects of aging on an old instrument. Like wrinkles, these random cracks that form with changes in temperature have a unique and lovely pattern that inspires the same awe and wonder that I feel from viewing the veins of a leaf, the bubble trails in an ice cube, or the light of long-dead starts in the night sky. They are my favorite. #guitar #love #vintage #gibson #nitro #nitrocellulose #finish #checking #age #patterns

"Damn you look good, won’t you back them frets up." and "Ermagerd, frerts!" were the first things on my mind when posting this. Just thought you should know. These frets came out so great. #guitar #frets #gibson #vintage #lespaul #dc #guitartech #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

"Damn you look good, won’t you back them frets up." and "Ermagerd, frerts!" were the first things on my mind when posting this. Just thought you should know. These frets came out so great. #guitar #frets #gibson #vintage #lespaul #dc #guitartech #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This ‘59 Les Paul DC is absolutely killing me, having come in for a fret level and crown last week. It sounds sweet and stinging, articulate and artful. Just an incredible guitar. #guitar #vintage #gibson #lespaul #tv #yellow #dc #frets #damn #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This ‘59 Les Paul DC is absolutely killing me, having come in for a fret level and crown last week. It sounds sweet and stinging, articulate and artful. Just an incredible guitar. #guitar #vintage #gibson #lespaul #tv #yellow #dc #frets #damn #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Belmont VS Belmont. We have a few fraternal twins in the shop right now, and this particular pairing shows the difference between wood and Res-O-Glas versions of the model. ‘57 and ‘6x — just got the ‘glas in the other day so we haven’t nailed down the date exactly. #guitar #vintage #supro #valco #belmont #resoglas #red #guitarsofinstagram #picoftheday #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Belmont VS Belmont. We have a few fraternal twins in the shop right now, and this particular pairing shows the difference between wood and Res-O-Glas versions of the model. ‘57 and ‘6x — just got the ‘glas in the other day so we haven’t nailed down the date exactly. #guitar #vintage #supro #valco #belmont #resoglas #red #guitarsofinstagram #picoftheday #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)