JACK OF ALL TRADES FROM PRINCETON, ILLINOIS
Mitch Nelson is an Illinois native, bless his heart. A graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, he knows his way around just about anything with strings on it. Prior to starting at Third Coast in 2013, Mitch did tech work for the Old Town School of Folk Music here in Chicago. Now he splits his time between our Northfield satellite location and the Racine shop, performing all manner of repairs and customizations on both urban and sub-urban guitars. If Mitch isn’t stretching your strings, he’s jamming out to Punch Brothers or Weezer, picking just like Reverend Gary Davis on a Martin 000-28, or supervising his kid’s work in the garden. Mitch warns that if you ever drop your keys in a river of molten lava, let ‘em go, because man, they’re gone.
Acoustic Enthusiast From Torrington, Wyoming
Andy comes to us from the high plains of southeastern Wyoming. Andy’s parents took him to a Doc & Merle Watson concert somewhere around age ten, and a lifelong enthusiasm for bluegrass and acoustic instruments was forged. He got started in repair work by reading books about it. Actual paper books. Let that sink in for a minute. After being a self-employed tech for a few years, Andy joined us at Third Coast in 2011, operating one of our satellite shops for two years before moving to the Racine Ave location to focus on structural and finish repairs. When he’s not here gluing or painting or fretting something, he’s likely to be playing music, working on his boutique line of effects pedals, or just generally trying to be more tactful.