Nate Westgor and the staff at Willie’s American Guitars, St. Paul, Minnesota, are marking 25 years in business.
Westgor opened the shop in 1989, after moving from Chicago with his sons, Brett and Nick. A veteran player who also traded and fixed classic guitars and amps, Westgor named the shop after his alterego and stage name – Willie DelMar. From the outset, it has specialized in used and vintage guitars.
“We always have catered to the working pro who has little patience for cheap junk,” said Westgor. “Willie’s policy is hire the best and most talented – just like with a great band – and above, all avoid the corporate foolishness that always seems to foul up music endeavors. Manufacturers need to have a heart to find a spot in Willie’s!”
The store has a long list of clients that includes Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, The Rolling Stones, Joe Walsh, The Who, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Prince, Pearl Jam, Los Lobos, and more.
“Everybody here would like to take a deep bow and say to our customers, ‘Sincerely: Thank you!’” he added.