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Mike Apperson with a Solid Body Nylon String Guitar

Mike Apperson

Mike picked up the guitar at age 13 and became obsessed with the majestic power that the guitar could wield. As soon as he picked up the guitar he knew he wanted to make music a major if not dominating force in his life. At 15 he began taking lessons from former Conklin employee Brent Frazier. They quickly became good friends and Mike became very familiar and quite obsessed with the incredible guitars that Conklin was producing. Over the years he dreamt of two career paths. Number one: being a major label recording artist/guitar god. Number two: pursuing luthierie under the ranks of Bill Conklin. Mike was handed an opportunity on a silver platter back in 2001 when Bill gave him a chance to come and prove if he had what it took to build these incredible instruments. Mike jumped in head first and never looked back! Mike often jokes that while he may have ended up with his second dream job, there are thousands of rock stars out there, but there are only two people in the world building Conklin Guitars! One of Mike’s main attributes or downfalls (depending on your point of view) is his extreme obsession with perfection about anything he gets involved in. If a customer requests something, he goes above and beyond to make it happen. You might think that he only builds these custom instruments, but he is also an incredibly talented musician and songwriter in his own right! Although Mike recently decided to take a hiatus from performing and running sound for live acts after almost 18 straight years, he still enjoys writing, recording, and producing whenever time allows.
© Conklin Guitars 2019
Mike Apperson with a Solid Body Nylon String Guitar

Mike Apperson

Mike picked up the guitar at age 13 and became obsessed with the majestic power that the guitar could wield. As soon as he picked up the guitar he knew he wanted to make music a major if not dominating force in his life. At 15 he began taking lessons from former Conklin employee Brent Frazier. They quickly became good friends and Mike became very familiar and quite obsessed with the incredible guitars that Conklin was producing. Over the years he dreamt of two career paths. Number one: being a major label recording artist/guitar god. Number two: pursuing luthierie under the ranks of Bill Conklin. Mike was handed an opportunity on a silver platter back in 2001 when Bill gave him a chance to come and prove if he had what it took to build these incredible instruments. Mike jumped in head first and never looked back! Mike often jokes that while he may have ended up with his second dream job, there are thousands of rock stars out there, but there are only two people in the world building Conklin Guitars! One of Mike’s main attributes or downfalls (depending on your point of view) is his extreme obsession with perfection about anything he gets involved in. If a customer requests something, he goes above and beyond to make it happen. You might think that he only builds these custom instruments, but he is also an incredibly talented musician and songwriter in his own right! Although Mike recently decided to take a hiatus from performing and running sound for live acts after almost 18 straight years, he still enjoys writing, recording, and producing whenever time allows.