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Over the past 15+ years, Painted Axe has earned the respect and repeat business from many musicians, festivals and special events. Here is what others are saying about us:


"I have had the pleasure of hosting 'Painted Axe' in the April 2015 edition of 'The Independent Music Show Magazine'. From the endorsements of people like Mardi Silva, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Danie Cortese (International Promoter & Celebrity Publicist), Ronny North, Rock guitarist from Southern California as well as Blues man John Lee Hooker Jr.... and after familiarizing myself with the work of Michael Gauf (owner & artisan at Painted Axe), I have no hesitation, in highly recommending Michael and his expertise to the world's independent artists and bands." - Tom Lambert Producer/Presenter 'The Independent Music Show' UK


"His [Michael Gauf] work is really something special! For those of you wanting a unique looking guitar for gigs or for show, look no further than Painted Axe." - PHOTOgroupie


"Thanks for continuing to support the Blues Foundation with your unique artistic and creative treatments to the guitars. Always great to see new ones!" - Mardi Silva, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise


"I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Gauf, the owner and visual artist of Painted axe, a company specializing in custom artwork for guitars. Michael is extremely talented and a true craftsman. Through the process, Michael is very organized, with a strength for detail and has his client's best interest at heart. The end results are exquisite masterpieces. Highly recommended." - Danie Cortese, International Promoter & Celebrity Publicist


"Painted Axe has been around for some time and I've seen some great work. It was a honor when Michael Gauf showed up at the Slippery Noodle and presented my custom-painted Kay Bass with my name and hat painted on it. I was so shocked! That night i felt like a true 2012 Blues Music Award Winner. Thanks again Painted Axe for adding me as part of your outstanding work." - Biscuit Miller


"'The man is good at what he does' is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Michael. His custom-painted guitars are the best I've ever seen. He takes pride in his work which is clearly obvious. The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR, is a festival that is known from around the world. Michael painted three guitars for me that depicted the culture, and the history of blues music which is rooted very deep in the South. These guitars were raffled off during the festival which in turn definitely helped put money back into the festival's budget for next year. King Biscuit will always stand behind his work, "that's a no-brainer" !! and I can't wait to see what he has in mind for 2015." - Linda Broome of the King Biscuit Blues Festival


"We really value our relationship with Michael and Painted Axe. He tracked us down and very generously has provided several guitars over the years, which we've had signed by our performers and have auctioned off for thousands of dollars to support our education programs. It's been a great partnership, and we're very much indebted to Michael for his support of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation." - Scott Aiges of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival


"I have worked with Painted Axe on past projects and it was truly a blast working with the company and the end result was amazing!!! I highly recommend them." - Ronny North, rock guitarist from Southern California


"I had the opportunity to have Michael provide specially designed guitars for our summertime festival events. We utilized these guitars for marketing and promotional purposes and they were a huge hit!" - Jay Goldberg of the Illinois Blues Festival and the Summer Camp Music Festival.



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