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The LOCAL MUSIC COMMUNITY Rocks for L’il Sammy Benefit – Learn Guitar Brings Big Bucks!

February 17, 2014 in Completed Pieces, News and Events, On Stage by Diana

The Denver Rock Music Community came together yesterday IN FORCE!!

Ed Garza, drummer for SWERVE and his son were the inspiration for this heartwarming benefit graciously hosted by Mike Martinez, owner of McCarthys Sport’s Bar and Grill in Aurora, CO.  From Ed:

This is my son Sammy, he’s four years old and he is autistic. Two years ago he was diagnosed with a rare brain abnormality, he was born without his left temporal lobe. Which causes him to have seizures, developmental delays, and autism. As well as being hospitalized twice when he suffered a seizure. Lucky the doctors pinpointed the source and he got the proper treatment. Since he was diagnosed, it was an ongoing battle to get him on Medicaid, but we finally succeeded and I had to leave my full time job and take a course to become his full time caregiver. We have taken a hit financially and have accumulated thousands in medical bills and need help. I’m organizing a benefit which will be held this Sunday February 16th for him and any help will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me. (303)875-9290″


Local bands donated their time and kept McCarthy’s rockin” ALL DAY!

The line up was:Grind 1:00-1:30
Jam Session (Ed Garza, Rick O’Shea, Mike Learn & Others) 1:45-2:15
Grace’s Period 2:30-3:00
KISSM 3:15-3:45
The Switch (reunion)4:00-4:30
Money Shot 4:45-5:15
Swerve 5:30-6:00
Cupid’s Dead (reunion) 6:15-6:45
Openstage 6:45-8:00 pm and beyond ??

All the while a charity auction was going on with items donated from all over the local community. The main event was the auction of a custom Learn Guitar donated by Mike Learn. He jammed on the WoodCut Flak Jacket Saturday night and throughout the day on Sunday.


This beauty caught the eye of local musician Scotty Brown of PSYCHO X and a bidding war ensued. Scotty says:

“WOW! What a day today! I couldn’t be happier for the amazing turnout that Ed Garza, his entire family and his amazing son Sammy got! The way this community comes together for times in need is truly inspiring and amazing, and always just totally blows me away. I could not of been happier to bid on the incredible guitar that a great friend and outstanding guitar builder Mike Learn built, I was completely overwhelmed when other friends and musicians starting bidding more on it in my behalf, I have never seen anything like that and i sit here tonight very humbled, There are so many people to thank for that, Scott Rogers, Dreamboat Annie, Swerve, Michael Martinez, Jim Chapman, Anthony Lucero, Wolfpack Productions, Lionel White, Jamie, Sonya Leigh Surrett and everyone else who helped donate on my behalf that i didn’t even know about, you are all true humanitarians, thanks to all the great bands that donated there time and to McCarthy’s Sports Bar & Grill for providing such a great place to put on the event. Thank you all so much!”


CONGRATULATIONS Scotty! And we are blessed to have helped boost those benefit funds for Sammy!

“I am proud to say that Scotty Brown is the newest member of the Learn Guitar family. I am so happy the Flak Jacket found it’s way to it’s new home. I look forward to seeing the shots of you jamming with it. If you need anything, let me know.” ~MIke Learn

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The She-Zombie Series for the Jackson Custom Shop

January 27, 2014 in Completed Pieces, News and Events by Diana

Mike has been commissioned to do a run of 6 She-Zombies for the Jackson Custom Shop. He used some famous models with sinister smiles to come up with this run of 6 lovely ladies that we affectionately call:


If you are interested in how these ladies were painted, you can check out a How To at!! Registration is free and fast, and you can pick up all sorts of tips and tricks!

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2014 NAMM Guitars

January 27, 2014 in Completed Pieces, NAMM, News and Events by Diana

This year Mike did not go to NAMM due to the sheer volume of work in the shop.  We did manage to find a few images of the NAMM Feature pieces:

The Charvel Glow In The Dark Frankenstein:


The CONDEMNED series:


The Rhoades Warhawk:


The “Come and Get Some” Warrior:


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Hell’s Belle ON STAGE with Mike and The Grind 5280!!

January 8, 2014 in News and Events, On Stage by Diana

Photographer Derek from D-Rock Imaging was out at one of The Grind 5280‘s shows last month and gave us a batch of phenomenal pictures of Hell’s Belle on stage with Mike shredding her strings!  Check it out!

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FOR SALE: ICON Model – The Spitfire

December 17, 2013 in Completed Pieces, Instruments for Sale, News and Events by Diana

The latest off the bench:
Icon Model – Warbird Series

Alder body with Koa Neck and Rosewood Fingerboard
25.5″ Scale, compound radius with He-Man 1 3/4″ profile
22 Jumbo Frets
Single Humbucker Pickup with PMS mounting system
String Thru design with Tune O Matic bridge
Finished with a Mike Learn Warbird series graphic scheme
Super light and Rock N Roll tested!!

This is FOR SALE: contact us at for details!

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December 17, 2013 in News and Events by Diana

I just added another 35 images to the gallery!!! Check em Out!


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Hell’s Belle – Custom Mortal Sin Model

December 4, 2013 in Completed Pieces, Instruments for Sale, News and Events, On Stage by Diana

This beauty has been seen around the Denver music scene on stage with Mike.  Check it out!