Smash Exclusive Pioneer Valley Master Guitar maker Michael McCarten has been a part of the Smash Music family since winter of 2016. Mike and Smash Music founder Scott Graves met over finely brewed beer at the Gardner Ale House.
Michael McCarten is a luthier involved in creating stringed instruments of various types. He has a primary interest in archtop instruments but is also influenced by many different types of instruments and more importantly, varied music from differing cultures. He is open to incorporating these elements into his work.
Residing in the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts, he relates to the history of the region and he values and respects the environment and materials nature provides locally as well beyond the area.
“It is Mike’s respect for craftsmanship and his commitment to the stewardship of his art, the environment and to people that sealed the deal as far as I was concerned” remarked Graves while discussing their exclusive agreement to provide McCarten instruments.
McCarten produces acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, arch top and flat top ukuleles and other ethnically diverse instruments for clients. Examples of his work can be seen and played at Smash Music and select Smash Music events. Clients may opt to custom order an original instrument using some of the designs on display as a guide or purchase instruments currently on display. Catch some video of Smash expert staff putting examples of Mccarter's work through their paces.