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The Guitar Store opens on Aurora and 83rd

June 16th, 2011 · Comments

The Guitar Store has opened at 8310 Aurora Ave. N.

Co-owner James Schultz says he’s been in “soft opening” mode since June 3. Current hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Guitar Store sells not only national brands, but locally made products, including Recovery guitar pedals, made by Greenwood resident Graig Markel.

Greenwood resident Ryan O’toole and his dog, Javier, show off Ryan’s new G&L Guitar. Photos courtesy of The Guitar Store.

Schultz said he and business partner Andrew Gallaugher lived in Greenwood for a long time in the 1990s and early 2000s.

More from James Schultz:

After many years of working in and managing music stores in the Seattle area I finally decided it was time to open the store I always wanted to come to. As a guitarist I have spent endless hours and dollars looking for that right neck, tone, string, delay or feeling. Working with guitarists I have found that I am not alone. Everyone who enjoys playing from hobbyist to professional knows that thrill of picking up the right instrument. The one that writes songs for you. Everyone also has different needs and as we evolve those needs change.

In the summer of 2000 I had an opportunity to spend part of an afternoon with Jim Marshall who was in town to help celebrate the opening of the Experience Music Project. The store I was working at had just bought a very large collection of vintage amplifiers from Aspen Pittman. As Jim and I walked around the shop talking about some of these unique amps, many that he had built over thirty years before we met, he began to tell me stories of why they were built. Players who came to his shop would tell him about the sound they were looking for and why they needed to be louder or overdrive in the preamp section more. These players he talked about were the pioneers of the British rock and roll scene and in London of the 1960’s they had places to go to talk to builders and develop the shape to their sound. I have carried this thought with me for the last eleven years and now here at The Guitar Store we bring you great instruments companies you know as well as a chance to meet local builders like Matt Miller of Miller Ampwerks or my lifelong friend Aaron Andrews and his handcrafted Andrews Guitars. We can help you find the right wood for your acoustic playing style or design a tube amp that gives you a signature tone.

We also understand that not every player will want to geek out that intensely or maybe you are just starting to play and you really need the best value for your dollar. We research our offerings and hope to bring the finest product to every level of buyer available. Our prices are in line with the online both at this website and in our store. My offer is to give you the time you deserve and a product we can stand behind.

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