Mario uses the best best tone woods, hardware and components with a huge focus on playability, lightweight construction, unmatched resonance and prolonged sustain. His custom finishes and relic/aging work have been cited by many to be some of the best in this field.
in 1996, Martin went to work at the Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville. Getting some much needed experience in a fast paced production environment. After three years of helping to produce hundreds of Gibson Guitars, he landed a building position with Fender Guitars. There at the newly formed Nashville based “Fender/Guild Custom Shop”, he honed his building and finishing chops. Working alongside esteemed master luthier, Evan Ellis, Mario absorbed every bit of knowledge possible on crafting guitars- start to finish.
“My ‘Fender years’ are where I got the bulk of my education,” says Mario, “I was able to be in a true custom shop, to see and do the many steps of guitar building…so, that was my schooling, really.”