Hailing from the mountains of New Mexico, Larry has been with Guitar Works since 2006. He manages the store and updates Guitar Works' online inventory. He has been an active professional drummer in the Chicago music scene since 1997, playing, recording, and touring with many of Chicago's talented local musicians. Larry loves rabbits and Mexican food, but would never eat a rabbit, Mexican or otherwise.
Senior Sales Staff
Tim began his music retail career in the 1970s at the Sound Post in Evanston, Illinois, where he met a young Terry Straker, then Sound Post’s manager and head repair tech. After a detour into the photographic lab and imaging business, Tim joined the staff of Guitar Works in 2011. In addition to sales, he has played guitar and recorded with several area bands and solo artists, including the Smokin’ Section, Chuck Aulgur, Tom Dundee, Gomez-Farr, Like This, Joel Frankel and Jeannie B. and the Jelly Beans. Other musical interests include ethnic and world beat musical instruments, alternative guitar tunings, sound processing gear, and trying (mostly in vain) to keep up with the mountain of new effect pedals issued every year.
Repair Shop Manager
Mr. Bill’s earliest memory of Conor involved a rental speaker cabinet, which a young Conor was unable to pick up off the ground. Hired in 1995 at the age of 13, Conor worked Saturdays until his gap year before college in 2000 when he helped build out the new store in our current location. He returned after college in 2006 and continued in repairs where he learned basic and advanced repair under the watchful eye of owner Terry Straker. He now manages instrument repairs. He can now lift speaker cabinets with ease.
Repairs, Electronics Guru
A graphic designer by trade, “Mr. Bill” has been spending his off days repairing electronic gear at Guitar Works since the early 1980s. Having grown up in the era when they were new, Bill is an expert when it comes to repairing amps and effects from the 1950s & 1960s, although he can fix just about anything you put in front of him, including the modern gear of today. Bill also makes things that Steve Albini loves, including his version of the Harmonic Percolator distortion pedal.
Petite in physical stature, yet huge in the hearts of her coworkers, Michele has been working in Chicago area music stores since she was a kid and we are lucky to have her in charge of our Music Accessories. She is an accomplished classical guitarist and knows the content of several music accessory catalogs by heart. Also, this one time- Eric Johnson autographed her arm.
Senior Sales Staff, Books
Hailing from Louisiana, Michelle has been a member of the Guitar Works team for nearly two decades, treating employees and customers alike to her irresistible "Hey, y'all!" She loves animals more than people, and that's saying something.
Scott has been playing guitar since 2003 and graduated Millikin University with a Bachelor's in Music Business in 2011. He's a metal guy but, rather than shredding, you're more likely to see him finger-picking an acoustic in the store. Fun fact: Scott can outrun many land animals.
Sales, Social Media
Trevor is Guitar Works' newest member, and could only be described thusly: