FEATURED SHOP OF THE MONTH
After almost two decades in the corporate world, Jay Richard realized that he wanted to combine his love of crafting and his love for music. He’s made furniture and instruments for much of his life and studied under a master luthier, and plays the bass and gigs locally with a band called The Drones. And in 2016, his dream came true when he opened Highlands Ranch Guitar Repair in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
He’s got the easiest commute to his full-service repair shop, as it’s in the basement of his home! Jay’s flexibility and availability allow him to offer more personalized customer service during non-traditional work hours, especially for musicians who have issues before gigs and need urgent help. His dedication to his clientele is so great that he’ll even meet with them during Broncos games!
Jay’s repaired too many instruments to count, but some that stand out include a 1950 Gibson hollow body, a 1961 Fender Strat (almost in mint condition), and an Ibanez Paul Stanley signature broken mirror guitar (his son is a huge KISS fan), and he finds great satisfaction helping his customers restore guitars they’ve inherited. If the instrument is old or obscure and parts aren’t easily found, he’ll fabricate them in his shop.