by M. Tatum - Luthier on April 10th, 2012

We were recently commisioned to build 2 guitars for a charity auction.  The charity supports families of fallen US Warriors with college scholarships for the children who have lost their fathers.  The auction raised $6100 for this charity.   Over 2000 people were at the event and we got such rave reviews that I was asked to make this a regular model so fans could order one for themselves.   I loved working on these guitars and am so blessed to have helped the charity out. I'll probably do it again next year.   These guitars were auctioned by Dan Ackroyd (Blues Brothers and SNL fame) and Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan).  It was a great honor to met them.  They signed the guitars for the auction winners.

by M. Tatum - Luthier on November 29th, 2011

Numerous builds leading up the holidays. Many due before Christmas. This photo is me doing custom pearl work. All hand cut and inlaid by hand. It's an art. Took me years to learn how to do this well.

by M. Tatum - Luthier on August 21st, 2011

Gosh, it's been a long hot summer. Spent some much needed time off at the beach with my family. Hunkering down for a good kickoff into the year. Inspire has a backlog right now so I've got plenty to do to get guitars out to customers.

Investigating new pickups...
I'm experimenting with new rail pickups. These type of pickups are interesting because you can crank up the output of the pickup without making them active. They can get all the way to 18 without an active battery. Very good for rock, metal and long sustain shred type soloing. I've got two sets going into the next two builds. I'll report on them afterwards and let our fans know how they sound.

by M. Tatum - Luthier on August 3rd, 2011


This is Inspire's new site design. We've been working on it for months and will finally launch it in the middel of August. We hope you like it. We think it shows off our crafstmanship, our artists and will help our continued growth. This Blog is one new feature that we added so we can keep our fans and customers up to date with what we are doing and thinking while we sit in the shop and make guitars.

I know it's cool isn't it. I'm really proud of this one. A lot of details. Took me forever but here it is. It's destined to be embeded in a fret board for a build I'm doing. I'll post photos as it progresses.

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