Matt fell into his position as the acoustic guru with Eddies back in 2004. He came across the shop while researching Dr. Z amps, but after walking through the door, his focus instantly changed. Realizing he would end up spending a lot of time in the store no matter what, it was only fitting that he was offered a job later that day.
His interest in guitar was sparked by his older brother beginning guitar lessons. At 9 years old, Matt would slip into his brother’s room every chance he found to play his guitar. Apparently he wasn’t that sneaky, however, because his parents surprised him shortly thereafter with an entry-level acoustic of his own.
Like many young aspiring guitarists of the early ’90s, he was primarily interested in learning Smashing Pumpkins songs. However, he looked a little deeper than most, enjoying the clean, delicate tones contrasted with their roaring fuzz. Additionally, the use of melody and harmony on early Weezer B-sides kept him focused on continuing to perfect the art.
While visiting the Martin Museum in Nazareth, PA, Matt had the opportunity to play the sweetest guitar he has ever laid hands on: A 1942 Martin D-45 that was actually on display. To his surprise, they popped open the showcase and started passing it around the room! He has secretly nicknamed this guitar “The Voice Of God.”
Recently, Matt saw the most impressive live concert he has ever attended: A 2017 performance by Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge at Off Broadway in St. Louis. As world-class players from very different musical backgrounds, their simple setup (an acoustic guitar each and a single Neumann U87 mic in the middle of the stage) managed to leaving a lasting impression that remains the most striking use of genuine dynamics he has ever seen.
Fun Fact: Despite what you may think from looking at Matt, he can slam more tacos than you, your whole family and all their friends combined.
Brett has worked with Eddies since 2008 while playing guitar for around 12 years. Lickily, being around them so much at Eddies makes it that much easier to learn and develop a passion for guitar.
Being of a younger generation, Brett was barely old enough to remember when bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth took over MTV and radio. However, even at a tender age, he still felt many of the bands from that movement made music that was exciting while creating a path to find other bands a genres of music he would love.
As the electric rep for Eddies, Brett has had the opportunity to play a wide range of guitars that would make many guitar enthusiasts envious. Some of his favorites include the Collings I-35LC, Nik Huber’s Krautster II, Fender Custom Shop Jazzmasters and Nocasters, and the PRS DGT. However, the most notable guitar he has ever played was the prototype PRS that essentially launched the company, which is located in “The Vault” at their factory in Maryland.
While he’s had the chance to come across holy-grail type gear over the years, he has also come to realize how romanticized some instruments can be compared to how they actually play.
The most memorable show Brett has attended was Circa Survive, Touche Amore, Balance and Composure, and O’Brother at the Vic Theater in Chicago back in 2012.
Fun Fact: Brett has nine pins, two rods and a plate in his ankle from a basketball injury when he was younger.
One of the fresher faces of Eddies, Mike has been on the staff since 2016. Guitars have been his primary hobby for 10-15 years, with the interest developing from the prominent guitar influence of ’80s and ’90s music.
When it comes to guitars, Mike is a strat guy at heart simply due to the versatility and clean tones. However, a proper jazzmaster is a very close second – and one that has alluded his gear purchases (perhaps that will change someday).
His most memorable performance was seeing the American Football Album Release Show in Chicago. As their first release in 17 years, it was very cool to see the older songs he grew up listening to played live with an even bigger following than ever.
And being a man who prefers his beliefs to stand on the right side of history, Mike likes dogs more than cats.
Nate’s relationship with Eddies began when he was a 5-year-old hanging around Tower Grove Music, including an eventful game of hide-and-seek where he successfully won by hiding in a drum case that was placed on a top shelf.
During his junior year of high school, he was selected for the critical yet too often unrecognized position of Director Of Custodial Engineering – his job was to keep the store clean.
In the late ’90s, Nate started in sales while taking on more responsibility in the daily operations of the store, leading to today, where he is in charge of steering Eddies towards continued success.
When he is not at the shop, Nate spends his free time with his lovely wife and three children.
Pancho is the true Eddies Guitars veteran – he has worked for Ed for more than 40 years. He has been captivated by guitars for more than 54 years, with the interest sparked by The Beatles and the ensuing British Invasion.
His favorite guitar that he has ever owned is the original ’66 Strat given to him new by his father, and the best concert experience he remembers was having front row seats to Cream. However, after touring with major rock shows throughout the ’70s, there are probably some others he just can’t recall.