NEWS ARCHIVES 2006 -2007


May 2007 - Ken Sutherland sent us this cool picture of himself with his TNM - Maphis at his side and sitting with his new Rains Pedal Steel guitar custom made and painted to match the Mighty TNM. Pretty cool! Thanks Ken.




January 2007 - Anaheim, CA - The 4th Annual Deke Dickerson Guitar Geek Festival kicked serious butt again. Smooth Texas Swing, smokin rockabilly to ragged edged metal, get-down blues and the Bakersfield barn-burner Brian Lonbeck. The big finale with members of the most legendary Surf bands in history - quite a night. Thank you Deke for inviting TNM to be there again.


Photo by Lloyd Mills

TNM alumni Frank Plesek and Buddy Dughi on either side of surprise attendee, Billy D. Light with his soon to be finished mighty TNM.


Lloyd Mills (center), latest TNM customer, made the trek from the UK to see hero's Thom Bresh and Brian Lonbeck.


"Pipeline" is the anthem of choice for the grand finale. All able bodied surfers with a guitar were called to the stage to participate.


December 2006 - Ken Sutherland receives his Maphis #007 in time for Christmas. Thanks Ken. Hope you enjoy it. Send us a picture of yourself with your new mistress when you get a chance. More Pictures

Below, Brian Lonbeck gives Ken's new TNM the final test before shipping to Staten Island, New York.


September 6, 2006 - The Maphis - SN009 has been commissioned. Lloyd Mills from Great Britain has ask me to build him a Joe Maphis Mosrite replica with all the trappings including a violin tailpiece and dice dots in the name. I'll be very happy to accommodate this request. It will look something like this: - Thanks Lloyd.

August 2006 - Brian Lonbeck, Maphis picker extraordinare, on recent visit, took SN005 of Jim Katz for a ride that blew us all away. More on Brian shortly.


July 28, 2006 - Frank Plesek with the Mighty TNM on stage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

June 30, 2006 - Frank Plesek -SN006 - Meets his new
TNM for the first time. The look on Frank's face says it all.
Frank and his wife Nancy drove in from Hollister, CA to
pickup Frank's new Maphis. Thank you kindly.


Our friend Deke Dickerson was there for the presentation as well and Frank's grandson who gets a closer look at the Mighty TNM in action.  Frank will be intoducing his new TNM to the public at the Gilroy, CA Garlic Festval - July 28 to 30 with his 50's/60's rock band, the Corvairs.   More pictures


June 2006 - Billy D. Light has commisioned -THE MAPHIS -SN008 to be built. Billy hales from Brooklawn, NJ. Check out Billy's site. We'll begin construction shortly. Thanks Billy.


June 16, 2006 - Jim Katz - SN005 - See's his brand new
Maphis for the first time. More Pictures


Feburary 1, 2006 - Our friend Buddy Dughi in action with the
mighty TNM at The Doll Hut in Anaheim, CA


January 9, 2006 - THE MAPHIS - SN 007 has been ordered. Ken Sutherland from Staten Island, NY has asked
me to build a Joe Maphis Special replica for him. I'll be purchasing the curly maple billets at the NAMM show this week  It will look something like this.  Thanks Ken.


Get set! The 3rd annual Deke's Guitar Geek
Festival is coming.


Deke and Michael (Angelo) Batio at 2004 NAMM

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