Pearl Jam pay tribute to the late Mike Lull, luthier to the alt-rock greats

Lull built guitars for Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Nirvana – to name a few.

Washington Luthier Mike Lull has died at the age of 65. Lull was the founder and owner of Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitar Works.

The news was broken via a post on the company’s Facebook page.

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The post reads: “It is with tremendous sadness that we share that our great leader and company’s founder, Mike Lull, unexpectedly passed away on the 12th of February, 2020.

“Mike was a visionary and inspiration for the Music community, and he left his indelible mark on every instrument he ever touched and every customer he ever helped. In fact, Mike never considered anyone ‘customers’, they were all his friends.

“Mike’s dedicated staff and family will be carrying on his legacy as this is what Mike wanted.”

Lull had built custom and signature guitars and basses for many notable musicians, including Brian Beller, Heart, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie. Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament was also the first member of the band to put their name on a signature guitar with his Mike Lull model. Pearl Jam paid tribute to Lull in statements on their website, with Ament writing: “Mike built my first bass in 1988, a fretless made of scrap heap Warmouth seconds, which he turned into the best bass I had ever owned to that point.

‘Since then, we collaborated on over 30 instruments, all made with his beautiful and meticulous touch. I can’t tell you how lucky all of us Seattle musicians were to have, not only the best luthier, but also one of the best humans on the planet in our backyard. Sending love to his wife, Julie and their family. Thank you Mike.”

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