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Meet the Family!
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Jim started Island Guitars back in 1984. A consummate collector, Jim previously enjoyed success dealing in collectable coins. His love of guitars led him to start collecting and trading vintage instruments in 1972. By the mid 70's Jim had established himself as an expert in vintage guitars and repairs. He handled all of the vintage guitar sales and acoustic instrument repairs at the Solder Joint, one of the most well known shops in Honolulu from 1979 to 1980. He was then retained by a major music store in Honolulu, which led to greater success and the opening of his own business, Jim's Guitar Corner, in late 1980. By 1984, the business had flourished and Island Guitars opened it's doors at 76 North King Street. It's been growing ever since. Island Guitars opened it's doors inside the Ward Warehouse in May of 1996, establishing itself as the largest guitar store in the state of Hawaii.
Neil's love of music began in the 70's. He started playing guitar in 1978 and was hooked. Neil was a fixture at Island Guitars from the beginning, and by 1987, Neil had signed on as co-owner. With Neil's addition to the helm, the store's momentum towards success began. Neil brought with him a vast knowledge of electric instruments and amplifiers which meshed perfectly with Jim's expertise of acoustic instruments. Under this newly formed partnership, a foundation was set and a vision of what a music store should be evolved. These days, Neil's responsibilities account for the major portion of the administrative duties, but Neil can still be found out on the floor sharing his extensive knowledge with customers.
Peter joined Island Guitars in 1993 as a highly respected repair technician. His love of music started early, playing guitar at 13, beginning a lifelong passion for the instrument. After attending the Guitar Research and Development Academy in Vermont, where he learned the ins and outs of guitar craftsmanship and built his first instruments, Peter became a major figure in the local band scene. Playing in such popular bands Hat Makes The Man, Spiny Norman, and Oriental Love Ring he dominated the local rock music scene in the '80s and '90s. He also brings with him years of retail experience as manager of a major record store in Honolulu. Peter currently runs the repair department at Island Guitars. When not wielding his trusty guitars on stage, or up to his elbows in wood glue and fret filings, Peter can be found teaching his young daughter Amber the finer points of surfing.
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David Chang, quite simply the best employee in the history of Island Guitars, if not the history of man. David was the leader of several bands that were all doomed to fail. His enduring love of music has lead him to work in as many music related jobs as possible including commercial radio DJ, a recording studio and several record stores before finding a home here at the store in 1996. P.S. that photo is just the in amp room, he's not on stage.
At 6 ft. tall, (6 ft. 8 inches with his hair) Michael boasts a well rounded resume. An assistant manager for now closed House of Music for 10 years, he later became was a bird trainer at Paradise Park for nearly a decade before they closed. Now he's a practitioner of stand-up comedy at the various local comedy clubs, having worked with the likes of Judy Tenuta and the late Rodney Dangerfield. Like the rest of us, Michael has a great love for the guitar. His professionalism and enthusiasm will make you feel welcome. Go see Michael at his other job here.
Originally from San Francisco, Doug worked as a test technician in Silicon Valley, before moving to Hawaii. He has claimed the distinction of never having a paid gig! But then, musicians playing for next to nothing is not a new concept!
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ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF FASHION
You've probably seen them in your town. They've extended their reach beyond the Hawaiian Islands, across the United States, Canada, Japan, and the world! People have traveled great distances to acquire them....tourists buy them by the dozen to take home a little Hawaii with them. It's the official ISLAND GUITARS T-SHIRT! $20 USD for adult small to XXL plus shipping. Available in many colors and sizes, call or E-mail us for more info or color availability.