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Cherokee Guitar Shop open for business

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Brad Dirks first learned to play the guitar when he was in the fifth grade in the small town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and it has been a passion of his ever since. He continues to play, often as part of a family goup with his wife and two daughters. He was also one of the "Pump Boys" in last year's Cherokee Community Theatre production of "Pump Boys and Dinettes."

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.

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Steve Thomas (left) and Brad Dirks (right) will offer a lot of guitars, including "starter packs" (foreground) at the Cherokee Guitar Shop. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Cherokee Guitar Shop is located at the site of the former "Bookseller" store on East Main Street, and Dirks will be selling mid-priced guitars and accessories, including straps, picks and amplifiers. He will also have some harmonicas and drum sticks for sale, as well as music books.

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.

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Brad Dirks shows one of the guitars he is building at his work bench in the back room of the Cherokee Guitar Shop. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Cherokee Guitar Shop will have several suppliers and full catalogs from each, so if customers are looking for something they don't have in stock, they can special order the item. Dirks also has the services of a luthier in Nebraska available to him, for major guitar repair.

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.


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Great news. Brad should add his guitar repair services to http://www.repairmyguitar.com to get some more advertising.

-- Posted by cubemonkey on Sun, Dec 7, 2008, at 8:49 PM

Great news. Brad should add his guitar repair services to http://www.repairmyguitar.com to get some more advertising.

-- Posted by cubemonkey on Sun, Dec 7, 2008, at 8:49 PM

Hey,thanks for looking for the shop. It is in Cherokee, Iowa! I did spend my formative years in and around Tahlequah. Tahlequah does have a custom guitar/luthier and a music store that hopefully can serve the needs of the folks there, but if you ever travel through northwest Iowa, let us know!

-- Posted by bdirks on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 11:52 PM


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