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Dave Rogers

paypal_davesguitar_0045I became interested in the guitar at age 12 because my older brother played guitar in a local band and I really looked up to him and what he was doing. At that time, everything seemed to be guitar or guitar – hero oriented and I could not get enough of the guitar. I was hooked!

Originally, I worked for a local music store that went out of business. I did apply at two other local music stores, but neither of them would hire me since all I knew about were guitars. There was no way that I was going to learn about pianos or band instruments, so I decided to open my own shop in 1982 and used my personal collection of 17 guitars for the inventory. I took every dime that I made and invested in more guitars. I didn’t even draw a paycheck from the business for at least the first five years.

Today, my personal collection consists of about 350 guitars and about 75 amps. The guitars are pretty much Fender – mostly custom color Strats, 50’s and 60’s Teles and various pre 70’s models. There are also many Gibson, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker things. The amps are all Fender.

My favorite guitarist of all time is Eric Clapton, and as a result of this, my favorite guitar of all time is the 50’s two tone Strat with the paypal_davesguitar_0496Maple fingerboard. As for amps, my favorite is still an 80’s Fender “Red Knob” Twin.

You will find the staff here at the shop to be very knowledgeable and friendly.

Please stop in or browse thru our huge online selection of inventory.

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