Where do I start? Let's start with the headstock. My brother wore this gold "Live, Love, Laugh" for about the last 10 years of his life (he passed at 45); my mom then wore it for the next 23 years virtually never taking it off. It was only natural that this be an integral part of the guitar. Below that is a likeness of my mom created by Craig Lavin (who created the rest of this very special inlay!) Below that is 'Papa' (my dad), then a Pink Rose...my mom's favorite color/flower.
From the 'ground' up the vine is made up of petals representing all the people who are on this earth because of my mom & dad. To say this guitar is priceless is an understatement. This fabulous instrument will either be played or hanging on a family member's wall for many, many generations to come.
I wanted this guitar to look similar to my dad's guitar, but smaller, so we built a Parlor guitar instead of a '00'. We used Cedar top and Cocobolo bindings, rosette, fingerboard, headstock plate and bridge like dad's, but used a very special Koa back and sides.
Rather than having Mike play his composition on this guitar, I am singing the song that inspired this guitar, "In My Heart".