North Bend Guitars offers music and community

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NORTH BEND - Al Roberts can talk shop.

Guitar shop.

With three decades of guitar-playing experience, the owner of the new North Bend Guitars store wants his shop to be a place where guitar players of all kinds can come, gear up and talk about the music.

"What I want to do is specialize in guitar players and what guitar players need," he said. "We don't need drums, we don't need keyboards, we don't need that kind of thing; we need stuff for our guitars."

Roberts moved to North Bend last year from Hickory, N.C., after getting married to a woman from the area. He owned a guitar shop in Hickory called Labradog Music for the past eight years, and moved his whole inventory out to his new store. He opened up with a small space on North Bend Way on the second weekend in August, but there is plenty of room to grow. Presently, only the front part of Roberts' store is ready for business. He will soon use the rest of the store space (2,000 square feet that used to be half of The Iron Age gift shop) to expand his acoustic guitar and amplifier selection and set up his wood shop where he will build and work on guitars.

"I can build you any kind of guitar," he said.

There is room to grow and plenty of inventory, but Roberts has no desire to fill it with unnecessary items. Since he works for himself, Roberts said he sells only what he would buy and can vouch for everything on the shelves.

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