Music Industry Remembers Peavey Master Luthier Michael
Music and audio innovator Peavey Electronics mourns the
loss of one of its most celebrated instrument designers; master
luthier Michael Powers, who passed away on April 29, 2013. Powers
was an integral part of Peavey's development of musical instruments
throughout the last four decades. He will be remembered for his
innovative guitar designs, uncompromising work ethic, and warm
Powers' first instrument was a $22 mail order acoustic guitar.
He soon moved to an electric and attempted his first refinish.
Stripping away the paint, he spray painted the guitar red. Powers
would go on to play bass on the Chicago club circuit while
developing his keen instrument repair skills.
After years of touring, Powers decided to shift his career
towards repairing and designing instruments, which led to his first
interaction with Peavey Electronics founder, Hartley Peavey.
"Mike was part of the heart of this company," shares Hartley
Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics. "It's hard to think
about him not being involved in our next generation of products. He
was a master craftsman and someone I could always count on to do
his best and more. He will be sorely missed."
After joining the company in 1981, Powers went on to help design
some of Peavey's most iconic models including the Wolfgang®,
Vandenberg, and Generation™ ACM guitars, as well as the T-45™,
T-20®, Cirrus™, Millennium®, Foundation®, and Sarzo bass guitars.
Throughout his career, Powers worked closely with artists such as
Randy Jackson, Michael Anthony, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper,
Eddie Van Halen and Rudy Sarzo.
"I'm devastated by the news of my dear friend and master luthier
Mike Powers' passing. In the late '80s Mike and I worked side by
side on every detail of the design of my first Peavey Signature
model," says bassist Rudy Sarzo. "Mike was a perfectionist. His
forward thinking, craftsmanship and attention to details is a major
reason why I and countless musicians around the world play Peavey
Powers continued to develop innovative designs for Peavey into
the 2000's while also overseeing its production facilities.
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