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#236 James Schultz, Quimper Sound’s Maestro

(Airdate: January 23, 2024) Maryanne McNellis interviews James Schultz, owner of Quimper Sound, PT’s record & guitar store. James was into music from a young age and moved to Seattle at the peak of the grunge music scene. He played and toured with a variety of bands. But none of them achieved star status. He was working at a guitar shop between road trips and almost by accident ended up with full time employment when he began to crave some stability. That snowballed into owning a guitar shop in Seattle. Next came ownership of Quimper Sound, one of the country’s most venerable independent record stores. It’s celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Online sales of both records and guitars are leading the shop into the future. Custom work such as inlays by Native American artists are now giving Quimper Sound’s guitars a competitive edge.