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Pittsburgh Guitars is a music store that’s staffed by musicians. We understand your love of music, especially guitars, and we’re here to help, show, teach, or just talk about guitars and gear with you. We know guitars!


Current BandThe Occasionals

Name of First Band: The Metal Rainbow

First Live Gig: Carrick High Talent Show—I played my ’76 Les Paul through an Ampeg V4 full stack. Thought that it would be cool to turn the amp to 10. I was wrong…I DID buy both at Pittsburgh Guitars!

Main Live Rig: `58 Gibson Les Paul Historic Reissue through Vox AC15

Favorite Bands: Oh so many, but a couple on the list are: Beatles, Zeppelin, Badfinger, Tom Petty, XTC, Tommy Keene, The Jam, Crowded House, World Party, Marty Wilson-Piper, Miles Davis, The Kinks, Neil Young, Big Star, Grip Weeds, Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, Wilco, The Byrds, Beck, Jeff Beck, Rush….it’s a long list! Let me go through my record collection.

Musician would most like to Meet: Jimmy Page

First Concert: Aerosmith with Golden Earing

First Car: 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix. It was $900.

Humor Influences: Monty Python, King Of Queens, The Office, Austin Powers, Peter Sellers

Who Would Play Him in a Movie: Rick Springfield! Lol!

Play The Kevin Bacon Game: Nick Nolte shopped at Pittsburgh Guitars, Nick Nolte is in Cape Fear with Robert DeNiro, Robert DeNiro is in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon


Scott got his first guitar (an Airline archtop) as a junior high school student in Ft. Worth, Texas. Influenced by The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion, as well as the Beach Boys, he sold his comic book collection to buy his first electric guitar. After moving to Pennsylvania, he switched to bass (a Hofner Beatle Bass). Not destined for the corporate world after graduating from college, Scott began repairing guitars to supplement his musician’s pay. The rest, as they say, is history.

Name of Current Band: I’m a bassist at large

Name of First Band: Raspberry Jam

Live Rig: GK 800RB & 410 cabinet/ Rickenbacker 4001

Favorite Bands: The Beatles, ZZ Top, the list is long Or Musical Influences: I like good songs by anyone

Humor Influences: Monty Python, Daniel Tosh

Musician I Would Most Like to Meet: Billy Gibbons- love the attitude

First Concert: Yardbirds w/ Jeff Beck

First Car: 1961 Chevy station wagon

Favorite Beer: There’s so many–what day is it?

Favorite Food: Grilled meat


Although he doesn’t remember it, Sam’s parents told him he saw the Beatles play on the Sullivan Show at age 5. But Sam often refers to the Monkees, with their TV show being his first musical memories, as his “gateway drug to rock and roll.” In 8th grade Sam decided to learn guitar, and “borrowed” his first instrument, a Harmony Stella acoustic, from his Junior High music department. Fascinated by instruments, Sam plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, some drums and keyboards and records music in his spare time. Even though he’s a child of punk rock, Sam has studied guitar with the likes of Ernie Hawkins, John Renbourn, Woody Mann and John Cephus. Favorite quote: “It’s a guitar. There are no rules.”

Name of Current Band: Ancient Skvlls

Name of First Band: The Whereabouts

Live Rig: Gibson Les Paul Special with P-90’s ,Marshcaster Tele, Gibson EB-3 or Rick 4001

Favorite Bands: Too Many to count. Sonic Youth, Zeppelin, the Stones (Everything up to “Some Girls”), Sabbath (“The first 4 LPs are perfect”), Bowie (“everything up to “Scary Monsters”), Mott the Hoople, the Velvets, John Coltrane Quartet, Neil Young (on electric guitar), Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash. Should I keep going?

Musicians I Would Most Like to Meet: Billy Gibbons, Keith Richards, Neil Young

First Concert: Humble Pie/REO Speedwagon, Civic Arena ‘74

First Car: $600 Mazda Hatchback with 160,000 miles on it.

Favorite Beer: Too many to list. But Dancing Gnome is our “local bar.”

Favorite Food: Grilled flesh, sushi, but I never met a pizza I didn’t like, either.

Humor Influences: Monty Python


Rob is a rejected K-Pop backup dancer who afterwards found refuge in Pittsburgh in 2014.

Name of First Band: Dolorous

First Gig: An Irish pub in Westchester, NY (I forget the name)

Live Rig: Sommatone OD-35 amp, ES-335, Sommatone El-Toro (bass amp), Fender P-Bass

First Concert: AC/DC

Favorite Bands: “Currently Spinning” – Rich Robinson, The Magpie Salute, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Samantha Fish, Larkin Poe, Big Wreck, Band-Maid . . .

Musicians I Would Like to Meet: Jimmy Page, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Rich Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Luther Dickinson, the guys in Pearl Jam

First Car: `92 Saturn SL-21

Favorite Beer: IPAs

Favorite Food: Not picky/ open-minded

Humor Influences: Films: Police Academy series, Mel Brooks films

Favorite TV Shows: NewsRadio, Seinfeld, Friends, Ash vs. Evil Dead

Who Would Play You in a Movie: Fozzie Bear from The Muppets


Rich started playing guitar at 14 after realizing that he wasn’t great at basketball. A friend at school introduced him to the Beatles’ White Album and the rest is history

Current Band: Sweat & Forestry Division

First Band: In Session

Main Live Gear: Gibson Les Paul Classic 60’s, Marshall Origin 50 & Supro Statesman Cabinet

Favorite Bands: Beatles, Ramones, The Nerves, Todd Rundgren

Musician You’d Most Like to Meet: Todd Rundgren

First Car: ’98 Honda Accord

Favorite Beer: Coors Banquet!

Favorite Food: Pizza- Vegan of course

Favorite TV Shows: Snuff Box, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Humor Influences: Matt Berry

Who would play you in a movie: Probably Shia LaBeouf


Desperately wanting to be a Beatle, Betsy gave up the trombone and got her first guitar when she was 8 years old. It was plastic, and wouldn’t stay in tune, so she cried until her mom took it back and brought home the yellow Stella. On the heels of buying her first Martin guitar from Carl at Pittsburgh Guitars in Bloomfield (many years later!), she took off for Los Angeles where in 1989 she was signed to Vanguard Records with Andy Robinson and their folk-pop band, Different World. Their self-titled CD (she was sad that they didn’t press an actual LP!) met with critical acclaim, but still The Beatles paid no notice. Back in Pittsburgh in the early 90s, she hung around the store so much that she was put to work!

Current Musical Project: Rising Moon

First Live Performance:  I sang Ragtime Cowboy Joe at a talent show when I was about 8. I didn’t win, but I still sing it once in a while!

Main Live Gear: Martin D-18V, Lowden 0-25, Flatiron mandolin, Fishman Loudbox Artist

Some Favorite Bands & Musical Influences: The British Invasion bands and the US bands that answered them, the Southern California singer/songwriters, The Sophisticated Ladies

First Car: A Ford Pinto . . . the exploding kind!

Humor Influences: The Smothers Brothers, Christopher Guest, Tina Fey, Robert Mondavi

Favorite Beer: Can’t beat a good California cabernet or a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Musician I Would Most Like to Meet: Lyle Lovett


Hanna has been working at the guitar shop part-time since she was a puppy. She enjoys greeting customers and playing with kids. One of her favorite things to do is howl when someone plays the harmonica! She typically comes in to work when she is not sleeping.

Favorite bands: Three Dog Night, Temple Of The Dog, Wolfmother, Steppenwolf, and Fleet Foxes

Musician you would most like to meet: Howlin’ Wolf

First Concert: Good Brother Earl at Narcisi Winery

First Car Ride: Suburu Legacy

Favorite Ice Cream: Frosty Paws

Favorite Food: Everything except celery

Favorite TV Shows: Scooby Doo

Who would play you in a movie: Molly from Air Bud

Our Instructors


Spencer’s first musical instruments were the viola and clarinet, but as he discovered rock n’ roll he began to develop his own musical taste and started playing guitar around age 12.  His musical pursuits have led him to study Jazz Guitar at Duquesne University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. Spencer plays around town in various groups, playing primarily funk, jazz, and rock music, but enjoys all genres.  

Spencer recently moved to LA to expand his musical opportunities and we are excited to announce that he will continue to teach lessons remotely for Pittsburgh Guitars.

Spencer has experience teaching:

  • Rock Guitar
  • Blues Guitar
  • Jazz
  • R&B
  • Folk and Acoustic
  • Lead & Rhythm techniques
  • Songwriting
  • Music Theory
  • Bass
  • Ukulele

Current Band: Duration Band, and a few different side projects
Name of First Band: Discontinued
First Live Gig: I played the Hard Rock Cafe through a school of rock-type program.
Main Live Rig: Fender American Standard Stratocaster or an Eastman 810ce through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Favorite bands: Soulive, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Wes Montgomery, I always found it hard to say who my favorites are though…
Musician I Would Most Like to Meet: If I could bring him back to life, that’d be pretty cool to hang with Wes Montgomery
First Concert: Mickey Hart with Zakir Hussain and some other World percussionists
Favorite Beer: Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Favorite Food: Indian Food
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad!!!!
Humor Influences: Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, and George Carlin
Who Would Play Me in a Movie: Bruce Willis with a huge beard

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