A new business has opened its doors on Aurora Ave N at N 83rd St. The Guitar Store is a guitar showroom that carries unique instruments handcrafted by local builders as well as national brands.
Customers can find new and used electric and acoustic guitars, basses and ukuleles in the shop, as well as effects, strings, chords and amplifiers.
Repair services are offered, and lessons for children and adults are coming soon.
The shop is located at 8310 Aurora Ave N, right next door to a cafe that Motion Boardshop will be opening soon. Patrons of The Guitar Shop are welcome to use the parking lot located adjacent to the Motion Boardshop cafe.
The Guitar Store is co-owned by James Shultz and Andrew Gallaugher. James and Andrews have roots in the neighborhood: “We were roommates in a big band house on N 80th St for a good portion of the 90s and early 2000s,” James says.
James, who operates the store, has worked in or managed music stores in the Seattle area since 1996. “As a guitarist I have spent endless hours and dollars looking for that right neck, tone, string, delay or feeling,” he says. “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 shop sells instruments from familiar companies as well as local builders, such as Matt Miller of Miller Ampwrecks and Aaron Andrews of Andrews Guitars. James describes his dedication to working closely with builders:
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 1960s 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.
In addition to connecting players with builders who can meet their specific needs, The Guitar Shop also serves new guitar players and others who want to find the best value possible. “We research our offerings and hope to bring the finest product to every level of buyer available,” James says.
Thanks for the tip, Mitch!