I fell in love with the guitar when I was 10 and I've been a working musician since I was 15 as a drummer, bassist, guitarist and lead vocalist. Top 40, Classic Rock and Country have been my musical mainstays and I've worked as a studio musician in Vancouver and throughout BC.
I currently front two projects here in Kelowna: Cover-2-Cover which is a large corporate 4 or 5-piece band and Smitten! (an acoustic duo playing love songs) with my wife Kim Foreman-Rhindress.
Through years of playing small clubs in Northern BC, I became my own guitar tech out of necessity, starting out just repairing my own guitar then doing repairs and setups for my fellow band members. Often, once people played my guitars they would bring me theirs for setup as the difference in playability is significant.
After years of working for other music stores as their setup and repair tech, in 2004 I opened my own guitar repair shop here in Kelowna called JR Guitar, branching out into building Fender style electric guitars which is usually my first choice to play myself. My repair shop JR Guitar is equipped to do everything from setups to fret work to body repair for both electric and acoustic guitars.
I also always have a wide variety of electric and acoustic guitars for sale in stock - and if there is something specific you're interested in, just give me a call and I can keep an eye out for you. Because I am a small shop, I am also always interested in trading gear as well so if you have an amp you'd like to swap out for a guitar or bass, give me a call at 250.317.5233 *Please call before dropping by.