|In various interviews, Mike often talked about his very first guitar, a
$60 guitar Goya from Okinawa. After thorough analysis by one of our staff
(TOSHI), however, we hypothesized it may not have been a "Goya",
but a Japanese vintage "Guya" guitar, made by Guyatone. TOSHI
insisted that we would like to hand the guitar to Mike himself, and other
staffs were in complete agreement. This conversation's timing was right
before his 60th birthday (February 1), so we decided to send a Guyatone
LG-130T, apparently very identical to his very first guitar, as his birthday
It was not simple to internationally send an electric guitar, so we have to confess we were not able to send it before his birthday. Nonetheless, the guitar made it to the United States about one week afterthe day. First of all, it was a big relief that the guitar made it overseas.
After that, it was our miracle moments... we were told that Mike had received
the guitar and that he LOVED it!
To tell the truth, we recklessly offered for an interview when sending
our guitar. We knew it was way too much of a favor, but through years of
owning a TP&HB fan site, we had a true wish of sending the actual voices
of TP&HB to the Japanese fans. Mike graciously accepted our interview
offer, so here it is!
We all have full-time jobs, and are by no means professional interviewers.
We had very limited time to prepare the questions, and there are limitations
to e-mail interview format. Still, we believe we tried our best as fans/fan
site of Mike and TP&HB. We dearly wish you will enjoy our interview.
We are absolutely grateful to Mike for kindly accepting our requests. THANK YOU SO MUCH!