Lipe Lipe LipeLIPE GUITARS USA Guitars currently produced in Tujunga, CA since 2001. Guitars previously produced in Los Angeles, CA between 1983 and 1989. Distributed by Lipe Guitars USA.

Luthier Michael Lipe began working in a music store during the 1970s and learned woodworking and finishing from an old violin maker. After working at the music store, Lipe began to work for Mighty Mite. In 1983, he began building guitars under his own name and became the self-proclaimed “original guitar doctor” of Los Angeles where he built and customized several guitars for many of LA’s best guitar players. Lipe continued to build guitars until Ibanez purchased his company in 1989; however, he continued to work for Ibanez where he established the west coast custom shop for Ibanez and was a master builder for major endorsers in the U.S. Lipe also worked at Yamaha on the Pacifica line for two years as well as working for Höfner and as a Fender warranty service center at World Music in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2001, Lipe began building guitars under his own name again. Lipe offers several chambered solid body and hollow body electric guitars as well as electric basses.

Michael Lipe has built guitars for:

  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Brian May   (Queen)
  • Carlos Santana
  • Randy Rhoads
  • Paul Stanley   (Kiss)
  • Sting
  • Kurt Cobain   (Nirvana)
  • Paul Gilbert   (Mr Big)
  • Richie Kotzen (Mr Big, Stanley Clark, Poison)
  • Reb Beach   (Whitesnake, Winger, Alice Cooper)
  • George Benson
  • Frank Gambale
  • Scott Henderson
  • John Fogerty
  • David Bowie
  • Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck , Michael Jackson)
  • Otis Rush
  • Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
  • Coco Montoya ( The Bluesbreakers, Albert Collins )
  • Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
  • Andy Timmons
  • Michael Angelo Batio