Virgil Lay started Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio, in 1962. Our store has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide ever since. Virgil worked on instruments for such players as Jack Bruce, Phil Keaggy, Joe Walsh and bands such as Bad Company and The Outlaws. Jimmy Page's Les Paul #1 had its neck shaved in our shop.
Dan Shinn, the current owner, started working for Virgil Lay in 1979. He acquired the guitar repair shop from Virgil in the late '80s and to this day upholds the reputation for high quality repairs and restorations that have been the hallmark of Lay's Guitar Shop. Under Dan's management, Lay's Guitar Shop has not only upheld the high standards set by Virgil Lay, but has expanded the business to accommodate an international market. The is due to our finish and restoration department, headed by Joel Shinn for over 25 years.
Our vintage finishes and restorations are recognized throughout the world as the finest and most authentic available today. the phrase, "Finished by Lay's Guitar Shop" is used as a selling point for dealers advertising in such international magazines as Vintage Guitar and 20th Century Guitar. These instruments continue to bring a premium price due to the high quality of our finish and restoration work.
Fender, Gibson, and Martin frequently recommend our services. Other highly-qualified repair shops, custom builders, and retail stores throughout the country consistently send us instruments for our finish work.
This high standard of quality and eye for detail goes into every repair and restoration we do, regardless if you have a '65 Fender Mustang, '36 Martin Herringbone D-28 Shaded-Top, a '59 Flame-Top conversion or even an original Les Paul Standard.
You can be assured whether you are a regular Lay's customer, or someone considering us for the first time, that you instrument will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere at any price.
This is our promise to you.