I love all kinds of stringed instruments but my main focus is electric guitars, My love affair with guitars began when I was 14. I was already taking piano lessons when I went to Hidden Valley Camp. There was music after lunch and dinner and then again around the camp fire. All the girls would gush after the guy who could play Fire and Rain . I came home from camp and announced that I was quitting piano and from this day forward I would be a guitar player. My clever mother made me a counter offer, two more years of piano and I could get a guitar that day. We both kept our ends of the bargain. We went to Myers Music in downtown Seattle and Mom bought me a beautiful 75 dollar rosewood classical guitar.
My first guitar
The first song I learned was Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. I have owned , loved , bought, and sold many guitars since that day. I love that each guitar has its own story. The desire to own a veritable harem of fine guitars on a budget drove me to start trying to build my own guitars. I tried making a guitar from scratch which turned out terrible. I lacked both knowledge and tools but as time went by I improved. I bought books on the subject. Talked shop with players and luthiers. learned electronics. Learned physics.
My shop specializes in building custom electric guitars drawing on the lessons learned by the industry pioneers and masters. I have asked and answered the questions of pickup type, neck shape, tremelo setup, potentiometers and capacitors, interesting circuit mods, and why doesn’t my Les Paul stay in tune.
We can also discuss and, in some cases , discourage or promote modifications you wish to make to your existing Axe.
I have an incredible amount of respect for the major brands which have influenced the music world, Martin , Taylor, Gibson, and Fender. In many cases , the components I use to build my guitars are branded parts simply because they are great quality parts. I will never attempt to sell you a guitar as an original unless I can verify the serial numbers and part numbers. I also do not relic guitars in an attempt to sell as a vintage instrument. I have high ethical standards because I know my reputation depends on it.
The choices of guitars we currently have in stock are here for a wide range of players, budgets, and musical interests. So explore and enjoy. I encourage you to come to my Brick and Mortar store here in La Conner where you can get hands on with the merchandise.