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People Over Profits

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People Over Profits

Something you may not know about JT and I is that we both took a course in grant writing for non-profits from ASU (have the certificate to prove it!) and were in the process of starting up a grant writing business when the guitar parts company opportunity rolled our way.  However we never left our non-profit loving roots behind, we just weren’t sure how to make it compatible with our new venture.   Now, as we witness all the turmoil in the world, we know we want to really DO something, to participate in allyship and let ACTIONS speak for us...

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40 Songs That Shaped Me

40 Songs That Shaped Me

For my 40th birthday, my wife suggested that I make a playlist of the 40 songs that shaped who I am. I gotta say, this was a great trip down memory lane. I highly recommend it. I made a Spotify playlist of all these songs, so if you like, click here to listen along. Here they are, in no particular order. I can't even imagine trying to put these in order.    Something About You – Level 42 Excellent melody, and of course, Mark King’s awesome bass.     The Weight – The Band I love the soulful looseness of...

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Behind the Scenes of Online Selling: Platform Review - eBay, Reverb & Shopify

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Behind the Scenes of Online Selling: Platform Review - eBay, Reverb & Shopify

We talk and blog about what it's like to operate on three online selling platforms: eBay, Reverb and Shopify.

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Greening an Online Guitar Parts Company

Greening an Online Guitar Parts Company

This post goes up on Earth Day: April 22, 2020.  Although it's only April, so far 2020 has already been a tumultuous, crazy year and the future, especially in regards to COVID-19, remains unclear and hard to predict.  When things are so uncharted and uncertain, we tend to turn to what is known and what can be controlled.  For us, that is this business and its impact on the earth. We're almost two years into this entrepreneurship journey of owning a guitar parts journey and we learn something new each and every damn day.  Now that all the major things...

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When All The Gigs Are Cancelled

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When All The Gigs Are Cancelled

The best I can figure, I've probably played somewhere around 500 gigs in my life. Rock & roll bands, dance, R&B, acoustic solo, duos, sometimes as a lead singer, sometimes strictly as a lead guitarist for hire. Festivals, private parties, casino contracts, opening for national acts, municipal events, and endless bars and clubs. Playing music has always been a part-time job for me, and a consistent part of my life for about 20 years. The last couple of years even more so. According to our accounting documents, from 2018 to 2019 my gig income increased by 198%. This was due...

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