Maple Street Guitars - Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitars
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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. In 2010 he co-founded the Tuesday night String Club, a songwriter showcase at Java Monkey in Decatur, which he co-hosted until 2014.  He performs publicly and privately, both solo or with his band, The Justin Sams Band. 

Along with fellow solo guitarists Jimmy Galloway and Gene Quinn, Lindsay released an album of original instrumental music, The White Dog Tracks, in the fall of 2008. His group, The Justin Sams Band, released their debut album, Ghosts of the Day, in the spring of 2018. For more information you can visit the links below.

The White Dog Tracks download

Ghosts of the Day download

The Justin Sams Band website

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.

Chris Capitanio

Chris Capitanio began playing guitar in 2003 and quickly fell in love with the instrument. A native of New Jersey, Chris comes from a very different musical background from the rest of the employees at Maple Street Guitars, specializing in rock and metal. Chris brings an enthusiasm for all things electric guitar and is a self-proclaimed "pedal nerd." 

Chris is the lead guitarist and one of the principal songwriters for the progressive metal band In The Presence of Wolves. ITPOW has released two albums (2014's Thalassas and 2017's concept album Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage) and has gone on numerous tours covering a large portion of the US and parts of Canada.

Brandon Kuykendall

Brandon Kuykendall is the newest member of the sales team here at Maple Street Guitars. He is a north Texas native who began playing guitar in 2003; and, while you can take the dude out of Texas, taking the Texas out of the dude is a different story. Brandon enjoys playing ‘60s-‘70s rock and folk, but has primarily been inspired by the famed Texas outlaw country singer-songwriters. He’s also enthusiastic about blues, jazz, and bluegrass.


Albert Persons been both a customer, and a friend of Maple Street Guitars since 1992. It is hard to believe the first time he walked into the store he had brown hair.

Albert retired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010 and found himself with some free time. Since 2012 much of that time has been spent as the photographer for MSG. 

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 fingerstyle playing 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  traveling groups when they were in town. 

His taste in music crosses over many genres.


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...