One of his fellow Pump Boys was Steve Thomas, who like Dirks plays a mean guitar and has since his own high school days here in Cherokee. Steve has had a guitar shop at his home since 1996, called the Cherokee Guitar Shop, and when he learned that Dirks not only plays but builds guitars, they became partners and on November 26th, they opened the doors at the new location of the Cherokee Guitar Shop.
Both Brad Dirks and Steve Thomas feel that there is a need for a local place where both kids and adults who are aspiring guitarists can purchase reasonably priced beginning guitars of good quality, and also have someone available at the site who can set them up, get them started and make minor repairs.
Dirks, whose "day job" is as a Physician's Assistant at the Mental Health Institute, plans to have the guitar shop open on Monday-Friday in the late afternoon as well as on Saturdays and some evenings. But he stresses that he is open to "special needs" requests, and you may call him at 712-229-0180 if you need to come to the shop sometime other than the scheduled business hours.
Brad has also been making his own guitars for several years and is very well versed on the different types of woods used in guitars and the different sounds they produce.
He invites everyone to stop by to visit and see what his store has to offer. An official Grand Opening will be held at a later date, and there may also be some special guest appearances in the future.