Archive for the ‘Techs’ Category

Andy Miller

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris No Comments
Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Andy Miller is from Towrington, a small sugarbeet farming commmunity in the Southeast corner of Wyoming. Learning guitar repair the old fashioned way, he cracked a book and started reading. He started at Third Coast in May of 2011.

Andy is the our guitar tech in Highland Park. If you’re in the North suburbs and need a new pickup, Andy will solder it in for you. He loves working on acoustic instruments, so bring your mando by!

When he’s not getting your bridge to sit flush on your archtop, he’s probably listening to some Punch Bros or Opeth, picking his Hillburn Mandolin, or walking his dog away from the nearest hootenanny.

Check out Andy’s band Dog 1.

Craig Miner

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris No Comments
Craig Miner

Craig Miner

Craig Miner is from the beautiful town of Troy, Michigan.  He began his career at Third Coast in April of 2010.  Prior to his transplant to Chicago, he studied at Gallup School of Lutherie in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Craig is the resident tone-quester (Def.: One who is in constant search for the perfect tone). He also bounces around between our Villa Park, Halsted St. Guitar Centers, and our downtown location.  Need your pedalboard arranged and working properly?  Talk to Craig!

When he’s not making your frets buzz-less, you can catch him listening to Funkadelic & The White Stripes, tweaking his Strymons, or trying out the lastest burger in town.

 

Aaron Ervin

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris No Comments
aaron

Aaron Ervin

Aaron comes to us from Jacksonville, FL.  He began his career at Third Coast in 2012. Before landing at Third Coast, he was an army brat; moving from town to town throughout his tender adolescence. He’s currently enrolled at UIC, so if you see him anywhere toss him a few bucks to help pay down his college tuition.

Aaron is a shipping manager at Third Coast and also bounces from one Guitar Center location to another, much like his childhood.  Setup your axe? Sure. Help you with your warranty claim? Of course. Is that you calling the shop? There’s a good chance it’s Aaron answering.

When he’s not helping you make your life easier filing claim paperwork, you might catch him blasting Barenaked Ladies, digging slits into the frets of his Schecter Hellraiser C-7 (he squeezes hard, bad technique), or hoping you’ll bum him a Parliament at Archie’s.

Check out Aaron’s bass playing skills with RAT HAMMER.

Ryan Bunjes

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris No Comments
Ryan Bunjes

Ryan Bunjes

Ryan Bunjes was born and raised in Rockford, IL.  He came to Third Coast on an unusually warm February morning in 2011.  Always being a music fan, he studied audio engineering and live sound, eventually sparking an interest in building amplifiers.

Ryan is one of the amp tech’s at Third Coast. Got a vintage amp or pedal that needs servicing?  Ryan’s the guy you’d talk to.

When he’s not inhaling solder fumes, you may hear him listening to The Rolling Stones or Brian Jonestown Massacre, recording his friend’s bands, or doing burnouts on his motorcycle.

 

Brian Morrissey

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris No Comments
Brian Morrissey

Brian Morrissey

Brian started Third Coast on his dad’s 59th birthday in 2010.  Playing in various bands in the Chicagoland area, he’s had a deep love of live music and recording since a teen.  Prior to starting at Third Coast, he dabbled in web design (you’re looking at it, kid), did some bookkeeping, delivered papers, and even took a stab at amateur brewing.

Brian wears a few hats here at Third Coast.  He ships guitars, balances books, and will do an occasional setup.  Wanna get in a heated argument on who was better, the Vaughn or the Clap?  He’ll join in, but don’t take his answers too seriously.

When not spending his time at the shop, you may see him hunting down Neil Young records, strumming on his Gibson B25, or watching Netflix with his wife and ever-loving, never-listening dog.

Check out Brian’s band The Dirty Pigeons.  Don’t forget to like his band on Facebook!

Mitch Nelson

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by chris 2 Comments

Mitch Nelson

Mitch Nelson


Mitch is from the corney town of Princeton, IL (get it?).  He start at Third Coast in 2013. You may recognize Mitch, as he worked at The Old Town School of Folk Music as a guitar tech.  He studied at Roberto Venn in lutherie.

Mitch is an all around guitar guy.  Setups, fret levels, pickup installs – Mitch can do it all.  Mitch’ll do ya. He’ll do ya good.  You may see Mitch at the Guitar Center on Halsted.  Say hi!

If Mitch isn’t stretching your strings, he’s jamming out to Punch Brothers or Weezer, picking on a Martin 000-28, or working on his garden.

You can check out Mitch’s band AM Prize Fighter at a Chicagoland bar near you.

Jacob Erwin

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by chris No Comments
Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin

Jacob (aka Jakey-Wakey) comes to Third Coast via Albany, New York.  He started working at Third Coast in September 2011. Before coming to Third Coast, he studied political economy and social change at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  Once the reality of how useless that degree was had sunken poor Jake’s tender ship of emotion, he went to Roberto Venn School of Luthiery.

Jake is one of our finest assets at Third Coast.  Want your guitar to look and function like the dude from Muse?  Oh yea, Jake can do it.  He’s put more holes in wood than a festering group of termites in a Redwood tree.  The difference?  He’ll only do it if you ask him.

When he’s not routing your guitar for a KAOSS Pad installation, you may catch him grooving to the lucious homophonics of Freddie Mercury’s sweet, seductive voice, fingering his Cruz P-Bass copy, or riding his Sekai bicycle to the beach with his dog Billie Jean (she’s not his lover).


Brad Boughton

Posted on: September 30th, 2010 by chris 10 Comments
Brad Boughton

Brad Boughton

Brad Boughton was born in Galesburg, IL and raised in Farmington, IL.  He  started at Third Coast in 2009. Prior to his employment, he studied Electrical Engineering Technology at Harper College in Palatine.

Brad is the manager of our electronics department at Third Coast. When he’s not working on tube amps or filing inventory paperwork, he’s the one who’ll fabricate the new chassis to replace the one you dropped that took a three story tumble.

You can catch him cranking his new Orchid or Mastadon vinyl, playing his custom “Bradley-Poo” guitar, or cruising in his vintage Crown Victoria.

 

Benny Monson

Posted on: September 27th, 2010 by chris No Comments

Benny Monson

Benny Monson


Benjamin (Ben-yah-men) Mikel (Michael) Monson (Mun-sun) is from Minnesota. He started at Third Coast in the autumn of 2008. Prior to his employment, he attended a building course at Vermont Instruments in… Vermont.

Benny is one of the nicest techs in the shop.  He refinishes guitars, refrets guitars, and builds (and rebuilds) guitars. He’s also one of the banjo specialists here at Third Coast.

If he’s not answering questions for his bio, you just might catch him shaking his hips to the new Justin Timberlake record, strumming on his self-built “Tallgrass Tall-ecaster”, or making his baby  laugh with the endless faces he makes at her.

Check out some of Benny’s tunes at www.campbellandmonson.com.

Andon Davis

Posted on: April 20th, 2009 by Guitar Repair 9 Comments
Andon Davis

Andon Davis

 

NAME:
Andon T. Davis Jr.
ORIGINALLY FROM:
Springfield, IL… Home of political corruption and tourism.
HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN GUITAR REPAIR:
Dauphin company 1983-1986 Spfld. IL doing setup work. BGS / 3CGS 1996 – Present. Been playing guitar since my teens, finally decided to fix my own
HOW / WHEN YOU CAME TO WORK FOR 3CGS / BOBS:
 1996 Approached Guitar Bob Egan at a gig we were playing togeather and said “Take me on Captain Bob”
FREQUENT REPAIRS / SPECIALTY:
 I like doing setup’s on Telecasters and Les Pauls
BEFORE YOU BECAME A TECH, WHAT OTHER WORK DID YOU DO:
 I play guitar and sing, Worked construction / building and road union laborer, also landscaping, sales, and teaching at music stores.
ANY BANDS:
 Gun for hire right now… Do you need a guitar player / singer
RECOMMENDED LISTENING:
 Jeff Beck, David Lindley, Richard Thompson, Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Les Paul, Doyle Dykes, George Harrison, Branford Marsalis, Link Wray, Billy Gibbons, and of course Jimi Hendrix
FAVORITE
 Joe Rodger Chili, Springfield IL * CAUTION * use sparingly
FAVORITE
 A great sounding acoustic guitar
FAVORITE
 Peace on Earth “why can’t we all just get along”
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