Instrument Repair Technician

Jimmy "Cricket" Lockard earned his nick name while playing the electric guitar in the sound of a chirping cricket.  Since there were two other Jimmy's at the time, the name Cricket stuck -it's even on his business card.  Cricket began going to Hot Licks Guitar Shop as a customer, playing for hours...
Cliff Acred began playing music in junior high school and later majored in music in college.  He played in the 3rd Army Band out of Atlanta while in the service and once out returned home to Memphis.  Cliff was hired to play bass in the house bands for Sun Records and later for Stax Records.  At...
Hideo Kamimoto wrote the book on guitar repair!  He built his first guitar in the late 1950s and soon discovered he had a true passion as a luthier.  Within a decade he opened H. Kamimoto Instrument Repairs in Oakland, California. By this time Hideo was also repairing other string instruments...
Hans Jürgen Nebel is a fourth generation violin maker from Germany who decided that his skills and talents were best served as a repairman.  He has rebuilt and restored violins ever since establishing his own business in 1957.  From that time on Hans has become one of the true experts on violin...
Charles Traeger had an impressive reputation in the world of bass making and bass restoration.  His long career began when he was a musician in the big band era looking for someone who could help with his own instrument.  He learned all he could and noticed there was a real need for literature for...
Nat Clark worked for the York Band Instrument Company for over 40 years!  He was hired in New York in 1957 because his older brother was working for Carl Fischer, which owned York at the time.  Nat later moved to the factory in Michigan where he started on the bench buffing instruments.  He soon...
Art Wiggs has always admired the Gretsch brand of guitars.  He grew up in a musical family, as his parents played in church and on the radio together.  As a kid he played the guitar with a classmate and the duo even had a running gig at Disneyland.  He gave up playing to focus on his young family...
Robert Walker worked for the retail stores of the Baldwin Piano Company.  He was located in the San Francisco store but later traveled the western states repairing and adjusting organs as they arrived in the stores.  While the retail arm of Baldwin did not last, the ideas created in the stores were...
Stan Kolb is the president of Taylor Music in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He joined the company in the early 1970s and has since helped develop the various elements of the business over time.  Their repair shop and wholesale business covers most of the United States while their retail shop focuses on...
Joe Lindner has a real passion for playing and teaching music.  He gives lessons, mostly on drums and guitar, in his parents’ music store, Lindner Music in Watertown, South Dakota.  Joe is also the instrument repair technician for the store, having gone to school for his training.  The repairs he...

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