When Mark set out to design and make his own guitars, he was inspired by the design culture that had risen out of post WW2 America. The great instrument makers of that era had employed armies of skilled craftsmen to "mass produce" all kinds of electric, acoustic, and bass guitars- the likes of which would be unthinkable today. Mark knew that the quality of these guitars did not come from the scale of the operation- but from the individuals who made them. He did not want to copy the factory- but rather to emulate the men who who worked in them. For this reason, MotorAve Guitars are constructed using many of the same old world methods and materials as the vintage guitars of the 1950's and 1960's. Aside from a few modern conveniences, Mark's tools and techniques are straight out of the workshops of the mid-twentieth century. The results are instruments that even while brand new- have a warm, heirloom quality. In our first website in 2002, Mark said that he wanted to, "build guitars that play like a dream, stay in tune, look a bit dangerous, and age beautifully"… and this has been our mantra ever since.