Mark Fuqua first established a reputation as a repairman and musician in San Francisco and Los Angeles California, over the course of the 1990's. Motor Avenue guitars was started in Los Angels CA (in 2002) by Mark and Kate Fuqua. For the first five years, making guitars was really just a side project to a busy guitar repair shop. Throughout his first 17 years in the guitar business, Mark had the privilege of working on guitars for hundreds of influential musicians and producers. As it happened- a few of these customers went on to buy his guitars. MotorAve would not have made it through the ensuing years without the exposure we have received, as a result. MotorAve relocated from LA to Durham, NC in 2007.
MotorAve guitars are made to order with a level of precision and attention to detail that you would expect from the finest guitars in the world. Unfortunately, MAG's labor intensive build and finishing process takes a very long time. While this is not a convenient way of doing business, we believe that the end result is worth all of the trouble.
Mark's decades of experience and taste in design and tone, combined with his obsession to produce nearly perfect objects, makes for instruments that hold their own... against even the most iconic electric guitars.