The range of Vanden archtop guitars has been developed through an exploration of design and construction to complement both traditional and contemporary styles of playing. Each model brings its own distinctive acoustic and amplified voice.


The Vanden F5 style mandolin was the foundation of Mike’s work with hand built archtop instruments. Vanden mandolins have earned their place in the mandolin world and are the instrument of choice for well-known and respected musicians, from bluegrass to classical.


From the original Mimesis pickups, now manufactured under licence by Fishman Transducers as the Rare Earth range, to the current Mimesis Kudos, Mike has been at the forefront of acoustic pickup design.