Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1953. Mike Stern is one of the leading guitarists on the contemporary jazz scene. Began playing at age 12, putting down Clapton and Hendrix licks, but switches to jazz at Berklee College of Music in 1971. Plays for two years each with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Billy Cobham's Powerhouse Fusion Band, later joining the Miles Davis Group. From there his popularity soars, and he joins up with countless world-class musicians like Joe Henderson, Jaco Pastorius, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, and the Breckers. Solo debut in 1986 with the release of Upside Downside. Named "Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year" by Guitar Player magazine in 1993, then gets Grammy nominations in 1994 and 1996. Fans love Mike Stern for a playing style displaying a variety of tones, from sensitive to hard-edged and wild.
Yamaha actively approached him, when he was using a telecaster model. He made several such requests as "no need for a long sustain" and "a beautiful sound that reverberates in a musical way." The Yamaha PACIFICA1611MS was created to answer all of his needs. Since then, Mike Stern takes his Yamaha PACIFICA1611MS wherever and whenever he plays live.
Mike Stern's signature has been refreshed with Yamaha's exclusive wood treatment and finish. IRA (Initial Response Acceleration) technology shakes off the stress often found in new guitars and make them extremely vibrant and responsive. One-piece Maple neck is oil-finished for better comfort. PAC1611MS comes with a certificate personally signed by Mike to prove this guitar is perfectly crafted in his specification.
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Starting at the age of 16, Lee played his first session with The Mama's and the Papa's. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Known as "Captain Fingers," Ritenour became a sought-after session player in the mid-70's. Starting in 1976, at the age of 24, he began his own solo career which now includes over 30 albums and collaborations. Although heavily influenced in his early days by the relaxed styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, he now has his own distinctive sound and fluid style. His list of session work is awesome (some 3,000 sessions), but some of his notable performances were with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Pink Floyd. Since the mid-80's Ritenour has been strongly influenced by Brazilian music.