I think Mike is a fine guitarist - just fine - and he contributed some great acoustic work on albums alongside Hackett.
But he's completely vanilla. Serviceable to the songs and nothing more. No personality, none of the quirkiness, none of the idiosyncratic ideas that Steve brought to the...
I've learned a bunch of Steely Dan songs, because I love them, and I find it an interesting challenge to create guitar-only arrangements for them.
I don't get to play them out because one of my band partners loathes the Dan (it's one of his few flaws as a friend, so I let it slide)
A friend of mine (huge Local H fan) built a couple guitars a la Scott Lucas.
Half of a P-bass pick-up under the E and A strings, routed to its own output jack.
This "bass" output goes into an octave divider (Boss), rolled 100% wet. That goes into a bass amp.
It takes some arranging to get...