That’s a wrap folks! As I locked up the shop this evening for the last time in 2013 and we finished off our 2nd year in business, it got me thinking. Thinking about how fast this last year has gone by and how many cool guitars and amplifiers have made their way in and out [...]
Hello all! Just wanted to pop in and let you folks know about a few changes happening at Thunder Road Guitars. First off, we are expanding our hours. Since we opened our storefront in November it has been quite clear our hours are a bit limited and I have heard from many customers that we [...]
June 2013….. Wow, where has this year gone? A year and a half ago when we opened our digital doors I was writing a blog each week and it just dawned on me that I’ve been so busy since January, that I haven’t been able to keep up to date on the blog! So, what [...]
Today marks the one year anniversary of Thunder Road Guitars being in business and I must admit that I am absolutely floored with how things have come together and how we have grown in just 12 months. When we launched the website on January 1st of 2012 I was not really sure what to expect. [...]
Let’s get one thing straight, I am very, very proud to be where I’m from. I’ve had the luxury of visiting close to all 50 of the united states and some parts of the world and I still wouldn’t live anywhere but West Seattle, WA. I wear the West Seattle tattoo on my right arm [...]
I am thrilled to announce that next month Thunder Road Guitars will be opening the doors to our new showroom in the heart of West Seattle. If you’ve done business with us this year you probably know we have operated Thunder Road Guitars mostly online, selling instruments to folks all over the globe. This has been a blast and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting some really cool guitar fanatics, but we haven’t done a whole lot of local business. Come mid November Seattleites will have the opportunity to get the full Thunder Road experience at our showroom, where we will showcase our fine vintage and used instruments!
I’ve always been a fan of independent businesses and growing up absolutely loved checking out local record stores and guitars shops. I must say when I was a young kid Seattle had it’s fair share of both. There were many locally owned business that thrived for most of 80s and 90s throughout the city, a few of which are still around today. With the rise of the internet and large chain stores however a lot of these locally owned business were forced to change or chose to close up shop forever.
I say this time and time again, but a big part of what I love about vintage and used guitars and our worldwide customer base is getting to know folks from all over the globe and getting to hear about their journey with the electric guitar. Below is a cool story from Rodger in Fort Worth, TX. Rodger purchased a beautiful 1961 Fender Musicmaster from us last month, and in doing so was able to re-connect with an old friend. Below is Rodger’s story.
In 1957 the Les Paul model was given a bit of a facelift, ditching the then previous P90 pickup combination for the now widely recognized and loved Humbucker pickup. This went on to eventually change the face of the electric guitar, the sound and ambience of a Les Paul, and music in general.
When I think about Thunder Road Guitars and the business we’ve been building this year I think back to some of my favorite and most exciting times being on the road. You see, we do a TON of driving and really put in the hours on the road hunting and searching each and every corner of the pacific northwest, leaving no town un-turned, seeking out cool, rare, and beautiful vintage and used guitars and amplifiers. Don’t get me wrong, when someone calls us up and says “Hey, I have a Gibson, Fender, etc (inset model here) and I would like to sell it or have it appraised” it is great, and you never know what someone is going to bring in. But I really enjoy traveling and meeting new and interesting folks who share the same passion we do for instruments. Hands down it one of the best parts of this “job”.