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Mel Bay was his first teacher. He started playing for pay in the 60's and has been dealing guitars since 1970. Killer Vintage has been in business since 1994. He is one of the editors of the Vintage Guitar Price Guide, as well as contributing editor and adviser of the Blue Book of Guitars. He is on the advisory board of the Modern Guitar Museum (Los Angeles) and is an Expert/Appraiser for Heritage Auctions Dallas, TX. He is heard frequently on Overnight America as the Guitar Guy (CBS radio syndicated), and as the Guitar Guy on St Louis 97.1 FM KFTK (Dave Glover Show). Killer Vintage and his reputation is perfect worldwide and our T-shirts are legendary, although very politically incorrect!
Marc started playing guitar in 1995 and shortly after, found a passion for all things vintage. After a great collegiate baseball career at Valparaiso University, he moved to Chicago and started working at Chicago Music Exchange in the early 2000's. After a couple years at CME and a short stint as the vintage buyer for Guitar Center Chicago, Marc opened his first appointment only shop called Grace Street Guitars in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. It had a couple successful years but frustrated with the direction of the market, Marc decided to step away from the vintage guitar business for a couple years. Moving to Los Angeles in 2009, he became the head of Vintage Acquisitions for over 230 Guitar Centers. A couple of years back, over a couple shots of tequila and some Shiner, Marc and Dave started talking about a hole in the vintage and high end guitar market in Dallas. A couple years later, Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars of Dallas was born.
After getting his first guitar at 10 years old, Mel immediately gained a curiosity for what makes them work. A hobbyist and enthusiast of the technical side of the instrument, he has gained a wealth of knowledge from immersing himself into the music world. He is an innovative and forward thinker who always looks for ways to improve upon whatever comes his way. As a touring guitar tech and stage manager he is familiar with the individual taste and preferences of the musician and understands that there are many right ways to do things, and he applies this understanding to each client respectfully. A retired bartender who now enjoys his time working on guitars and applying custom paint to hockey masks out of his paint shop he brings an artistic mind to the technical side of the business.