"In the usual form of Mothertone, they do something unusual."
It is important to us that wonderful musical instruments (especially vintage gems) actually get played. Mothertone connects artists with the right instruments. Often people don't know what sound or style they are chasing until they are amongst it. In that moment they feel the connection.
We find the right instrument especially for you, so you suddenly feel like you've just found a lifetime friend. We also acquire very special instruments that we find and keep them ready and able to head out with carefully chosen artists to inspire a recording or writing session.
"Even if artists already own great instruments, that doesn't mean they own or have available all the sounds they need for inspiration or writing and recording. Amazing moments and tones come to those who seek.
So whether it be an 1800's Martin Parlor guitar, the sound of an old Gibson LP with mini humbuckers, a 40's Gibson J45, a 60's tele, a full of mojo 1930's jazz box, or something just cool, quirky and different sounding..... Mothertone is excited to be a part of many artists journeys. We find ourselves helping out very seasoned professionals, and educating some youngin's along the way regarding truly great tones.
Some instruments also come our way needing minor, sometimes major restoration/work to bring them back to their glory days.... It gives us great joy to love these back to life. There is nothing like hearing a vintage gem sing again!
Just a few examples.
The great Cody Brooks playing a mid 1800's Martin Guitar from Mothertone. It's a gem of an instrument that was on a wagon train in the 1870's from New York to South Dakota in the free land grants era. With solid Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and an incredible spruce top. It still resides in it's original case. Hand made by the original CF Martin himself.
Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. He is also a featured artist at the Steve Vai Academy. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.
Larry has used several Mothertone supplied guitars on his album recordings and also live at Mothertone's Mother Of All Hangs in Nashville..... and even on his Australian tour.
Mothertone has had connection with Australian guitarist Alex Tomlins for quite some time. Alex has had the pleasure of accessing guitars from Mothertone in the USA and Australia.
Originally an Australian guitarist, Alex has now moved to Nashville on a permanent basis and is utilizing his connection with our sources. Whether it be for recording sessions, a special performance, all sorts of tones are waiting to inspire and impress.
"Being a musician who travels and plays internationally, particularly between the US and Australia, I simply cannot have all my desired gear everywhere.... so this means that all sorts of tones are at my disposal through variations of guitars and amps whether it be for recording sessions or inspiration when writing. Mothertone has amazing gear available when I need it.... in both of my main work in countries!!"
Hathaways are a great fun but also complex and interesting group.
Headed up by Illinois siblings Kate & James Hathaway, with blended influences from Indie, Peruvian and African styles, Hathaways are currently running as a five piece band who are busy working on new releases.
They're certainly not a group who will settle for all the standard sounds.... yet they still find a way to make it all catchy, relatable and exciting. A very special group of highly talented artists. These guys have used plenty of different inspirations of percussion, guitars and amps from Mothertone.
Check out the Wildertent Sessions. Lots of nice flavours for you there.