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NAMM 2013: Introduction to Lipe Guitars

Mike Lipe from Lipe Guitars introduces the latest models for 2013 including 'The Maestro' at NAMM 2013.



Mike Lipe began building guitars in the mid seventies while working at a music store in Los Angeles. Eight years later, Lipe left to work for guitar manufacturer Mighty Mite. In 1983 he started his own business and became L.A.'s original Guitar Doctor. After six years of building and customizing guitars for some of L.A.'s most respected musicians, Lipe's business was purchased by Ibanez in 1989. While with Ibanez, Lipe chosen among many other expert luthiers to create a custom guitar shop on the West Coast, in which he was the master builder of electric guitars for several prominent guitarists such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. After leaving Ibanez, Mike went to Yamaha, where he worked for two years. Over the next several years, Lipe worked for several guitar manufacturers including Hofner and Fender. During this time, Mike Lipe created and customized guitars for many internationally renowned electric guitarists and bassists.


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