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Kevin bourque

I was born in Toronto, Canada and I've been repairing things for about as long as I can remember. You could likely ask someone who knew me at any age if I was fascinated with how things worked or why they didn't and they'd tell you it was more than fascination, it was a drive. Toys, TV's any busted thing I could try and fix I'd drag home. I think the garage had 17 clock radios in it at one point (I'm not that young). Back then I had more luck than skill but it still helped me to develop logical approaches to repairing things. I mean, you couldn't just poke around aimlessly could you! 11 year old Kev is playing the drums and starting to get into bands and one thing is for sure; everyones stuff is terrible and nobody really knows how to look after it. I learned how the guitars, basses, drums and whatever else worked so we could keep playing. Pretty soon, others were asking if I could help with their gear as well and it was an enjoyable way to make a living while playing music as much as possible. I got my first proper guitar shop job in 1997 from buying the carcass of a '71 Gibson SG Pro from the guys at Retrotown Music in Canada. I slowly bought the parts to complete it as I could afford them. Although far from what I can do now, it was good enough for Darwin to give me a Saturday job cleaning and polishing any instruments. Drums, guitars, Hammond organs, you name it! By the time he trusted me enough to let me change the strings and adjust the intonation on his favourite 1963 Stratocaster, I was loving fixing instruments as much as playing them. That was 20 years ago and I still love repairing things. Maybe it's a condition? Electrocuted one time too many? Who knows! Since then I have worked directly with bands, in studios, toured, and had the chance to work with many fine luthiers and technicians around the globe. The thirst for knowledge combined with the opportunity to put my skills to practice and along with the invaluable experience gained from the last two decades has helped formed my unique approach that looks beyond the instrument alone and brings the players interaction into focus as well. 

As true then as it is now; every single instrument, guitar, bass or otherwise, is gently treated with the care and respect they deserve. Something I learned long ago :)

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Gary chandler-honnor

An awesome dude; you may see my most excellent colleague Gary in the workshop helping me out. More about his excellent attention to detail to come!