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Like many others I started working on guitars as a teenager, playing in bands, customizing and modifying. It was still a time where a custom guitar was way cooler than a stock model. At the time stock instruments were also rather lacking in quality. A few early 70’s SG’s, Strats and Les Pauls received added pickups, stereo wiring, new finishes and similar treatments, which would make today’s vintage-crazed guitar lover shudder. But we relished the individuality of our guitars and obsessed about improving them and obtaining optimum playability. From this I took a basic understanding of guitar craft and a view towards designing guitars that don’t necessarily follow the conventional mold.

Eventually I started developing new concepts. My background in the arts led me to develop the ‘resinTop’ line of guitars: Totemguitars. A more sculptural and materials-oriented approach resulted in the development of the hybrid line, combining metalwork with woodworking. Exploring new venues and concepts while strinking a balance between functionality and aesthetics proved to be a fertile field.

As much as I enjoy making a “traditional” instrument out of the finest “tonewoods”, I also love making instruments which push the boundaries and open new possibilities to musicians willing to explore and expand the scope of their music. To me the prime quality of “tone” is not its more or less successful replication of some previous tonal fingerprint. It is the richness, definition, liveliness, transparency and balance present in the sound of the instrument. And even though each of my instruments has its own tonal identity, they all share these qualities and will offer them to the musician willing to listen. -Michael Spalt

Preowned Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar G1310 “Yellow Devil Dance”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt G1304 “Vienna Goldtop”

The body shape is based on a template Michael Spalt’s friend/luthier Andreas Neubauer of Vienna salvaged from an old local luthier’s shop, ca. 1870’s. The one-piece body is hollow except […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem Guitar G0011 “Ragged Glory”

G0011 “Ragged Glory” Flame Meranti back, Maple neck. Seymour Duncan JB humbucker. Vintage style tremolo. This was the 13th “Flaguitar” used the remains of the flag left over from the […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem Guitar G0010 “Red C”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar G1202 “Gone Fishing”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar G9923 “White&Blue”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt ResinTop Totem Guitar “Monkey Business”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar G1206 “Sybil”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem G0007 “La Calavera”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Gate Custom #025 “Vienna Style”

Here is a pre-owned Michael Spalt Gate Custom, ser#025. The body shape is based on a template Michael Spalt’s friend/luthier Andreas Neubauer of Vienna salvaged from an old local luthier’s […]

Michael Spalt Totem G1404 “RedFour”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem G1408 “Hotplate”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt Totem G1409 “Time Machine”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt Totem G1407 “Golden T”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Apex Q601

Here is a slightly preowned Michael Spalt Hybrid Apex Q601 features a figured Yellowwood body with Wenge accents, a Birdseye Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard, 25” scale, Floyd Rose bridge, […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem G9920 “Skidmark”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt Totem G1403 “Hunter”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Preowned Michael Spalt ResinTop Gate Series Ser#11

Gate Series The gate to our new location in Vienna needed replacement. To me it looked like prime guitar-building material. Nice weathered Pine boards-resonant and light-with a wonderfully textured surface! […]

Michael Spalt Totem G1402 “Unmaid”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar G1308 “Serail Revisited”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt ResinTop “Gate Series” Custom

Gate Series The gate to our new location in Vienna needed replacement. To me it looked like prime guitar-building material. Nice weathered Pine boards-resonant and light-with a wonderfully textured surface! […]

Michael Spalt Totem Guitar “Nameless”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt ResinTop Guitar “Goldtop Deco”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt “Gate Series” Custom #015

Gate Series The gate to our new location in Vienna needed replacement. To me it looked like prime guitar-building material. Nice weathered Pine boards-resonant and light-with a wonderfully textured surface! […]

Michael Spalt ResinTop Totem Guitar ser#G1303 “Timeless”

The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting […]

Michael Spalt “Gate Guitar Custom Series”

Gate Series The gate to our new location in Vienna needed replacement. To me it looked like prime guitar-building material. Nice weathered Pine boards-resonant and light-with a wonderfully textured surface! […]