Ken Donnell


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MiniFlex Microphones

Ken Donnell is often regarded as the foremost authority on close-mic applications for stringed instruments. While he has an extensive background across the music products industry, first watching his father work in a music store, Ken eventually honed his skills as a luthier, alongside his good friend Bill Collings. When a customer requested a microphone installation inside their Martin D-28 guitar, Ken found a way, and ultimately his new passion, the MiniFlex Microphone was born. Since that original request, Ken successfully built MiniFlex Microphones and even opened his own retail store in Greenville, California. Unfortunately, the store and his workshop were lost in the Dixie Fire of 2021. Never one to let tragedy hold him back, Ken immediately began rebuilding his empire and exhibited a new round of MiniFlex Microphones at the 2022 NAMM Show.