This week, Epiphone tips our hat to one of our oldest and most esteemed dealers, Gordy’s Owensboro Music Center. Since 1973, Gordy Wilcher has been a valued part of the Owensboro, Kentucky community offering instruction in guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, keyboards, and vocals.
“I was a touring and traveling musician in the late 1960s and early 70s and never quite made it to where I could do it full time,” Gordy told Epiphone.com. “I came home to my little hometown and there was not a traditional 'rock and roll combo shop' in Owensboro, and I decided we needed one. That was 45 years ago.”
Gordy has been an Authorized Epiphone Dealer for three decades, offering students a chance to learn on a quality instrument they can keep for life. “Our customers love the value of Epiphone. There are a lot of models to choose from. And, they are very popular with our students. We have several teachers and around 175 students coming here every week. It gives them a chance to buy-in to the Gibson/Epiphone brand at an affordable price. They love the acoustic guitars especially.”
Product and Dealer Specialist Will “Dr. Epiphone” Jones has watched Gordy’s influence on area musicians. “Gordy's Owensboro Music Center is a staple of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana and has been a great Epiphone dealer for years,” said Jones. “Gordy is also one of the nicest guys that I've had the pleasure to work with. He knows gear!”
Like all independent music stores, Gordy--seen here with bluegrass legend Ricky Scaggs, has many customers who have purchased instruments on the internet sight-unseen, only to open the box and find that their new guitar or bass needs the personal touch only a true family music store can offer.
“It still amazes me that people will buy a guitar without seeing it,” said Gordy. “We see more and more of that kind of thing—internet purchases—that are not set up correctly. The business has changed drastically. But I still love it. It’s challenging. Today, we’re putting more emphasis on teaching and set-up and repair. Instead of being negative about that, we see it as a chance to make a new customer by helping them out.”
If you’re in the area, visit Gordy’s Owensboro Music Center at 1303 Breckenridge Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. You can reach Gordy’s at 270-684-2156 or visit them at https://owensboromusic.com
. Tell them Dr. Epiphone sent ya!