Mark partially blames Brendan for turning him into a guitar maker. Mark had been determined to make it as a musician when Brendan gave him a tape of Elliot Smith's first record back in the mid 90's. That pretty much ruined song writing for Mark… so thanks bro! As it turns out, Mark ended up being pretty good at this.
For those unfamiliar with his work… Brendan is one of the best pop songwriters on the planet. He’s known widely as a member of the Raconteurs, and his solo records are desert island classics.