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Maple Street Guitars - Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitars
Maple Street Guitars - Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitars

Our Staff

Maple Street Guitars is staffed by guitar players who love guitars and like to work with people.  We enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise to help you, our customer, have fun playing the guitar.  Small things can make a difference: an inspiring instrument, a good set-up on your special guitar, the right strings, that piece of music you've been looking for - whatever. Customer service is our top priority.

George Petsch - Click here for George's bio.

Claire Petsch - A fingerstyle player and former guitar teacher, Claire is the guitar buyer for the store and manages the guitar instruction studio.

Lindsay Petsch

Lindsay Petsch - Lindsay has literally grown up surrounded by guitars, and he actively enjoys expanding his knowledge of the instrument and sharing that knowledge with others. While maintaining an interest in all types of music, he specializes in acoustic fingerstyle guitar, composing both songs and instrumental music. 

Apart from his role as manager here at Maple Street Guitars, Lindsay is also active in the Atlanta acoustic music scene.  He founded and co-hosted the Tuesday night String Club - a songwriter showcase at Java Monkey in Decatur - and he performs both publicly and privately. 

Along with fellow solo guitarists Jimmy Galloway and Gene Quinn, Lindsay recently released an album of original instrumental music, The White Dog Tracks.

Mark Pertain is a singer/songwriter who has been playing guitar for over 30 years.  He writes country, rock, and folk music, and aspires to have one of his songs recorded by a major artist. 

In addition to his interest in the guitar, Mark is also passionate about drums, and has freelanced as a singing drummer in several local bands. 

Apart from working in sales - where he specializes in acoustic instruments, pickups, and amplification - Mark is the accessory buyer here at Maple Street Guitars. 

John Cable

John Cable is a veteran musician who began his career in the late 1960s.

After serving as lead guitarist and vocalist for country rock pioneers Colours, John became a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with whom he performed on The Tonight Show, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, Austin City Limits and The Grand Ole Opry, and at prestigious venues such as Wolftrap, Carnegie Hall, and Red Rocks Ampitheater.  In 1976, they became the first American band in history to perform in the Soviet Union.  John still occasionally performs with NGDB leader John McEuen. 

In 2015, he released his first solo album Broken Knife to great acclaim, including a review in No Depression magazine.

David Boling

David Boling came to Maple Street Guitars after spending 15 years as a piano technician.

But the guitar is his first love, and after playing for over 30 years, he is now concentrating on the care and maintenance of the instrument.

Jake Sharp

Jake Sharp has been a guitar player for 25 years, and is the newest addition to our repair department. 

Jake trained at the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in Phoenix, Arizona, where he learned to build both acoustic and electric guitars.  He has since built several impressive instruments of his own design. 

As a player, Jake favors jazz styles, and released his own CD, Brilliant Shadows in 2006.  In 2007 he won a place on Billboard's competitive list of Top 500 Songwriters Worldwide. 

Roxy

Albert Persons has been both a customer, and a friend of Maple Street Guitars for 20 years. It is hard to believe the first time he walked into the store he had brown hair and didn’t even stagger at all!  Albert retired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about three years ago and found himself with some free time. Now much of that time is spent as the photographer for MSG. He describes himself as “a monkey with a really high-tech camera and a chronic
case of ‘guitar acquisition syndrome.’ ” We agree.

Albert has an equal love for both photography, and for the guitar.   His initial interest in both occurred around the same time in 1963. This was when he first saw the photography collection, “The Family of Man,” and when the Beatles were first heard on the radio in America.

He is mostly self-taught on guitar, having “learned everything the wrong way.” However, Albert says he learned a great deal about finger-picking from a friend while in Vietnam…some very surreal and life-altering guitar lessons.

He played and sang semi-professionally in various groups in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1970s. He later developed an interest in Celtic music in Atlanta in the 1980s, often sitting in with a couple traveling groups when they were in town.  “Now I’m just an old guy with a guitar and a camera. However, I can’t even imagine life without either one. It has been fun… mostly.”

Roxy

Roxy is the newest member of the Petsch family, and thus the newest member of the Maple Street Guitars family.  Like her predecessor, our beloved Cricket, Roxy was born on the 4th of July, so it's only natural that she has an independent spirit--as we like to say, "Roxy's got moxie!"  She is very friendly, smart, and personable, and she loves meeting new people. 

Roxy hasn't yet learned how to answer the phone, but she is doing an excellent job of greeting and entertaining customers in the meantime...