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Dave's Guitars rocks online sales during pandemic, but staff misses "shop talk"

For many people, music is essential during a time of pandemic, so business has been strong at Dave's Guitar Shop thanks to curbside pickup and online sales.

Dave's moved from Howell Avenue in Bay View to its new location, 914 S. 5th St. last fall. However, the hand-painted sign was very recently finished and hung on the facade, finally drawing well-deserved attention to a business that moved and reopened right before a world pandemic.

But Dave's Guitar Shop goes further back than its Howell Avenue days. In the 1970s, according to employee Ben Koshick, Dave Rogers sold guitars out of his home in Lacrosse. In 1982, he rented a vacant dental office and in 1993 moved to a showroom that spans a Lacrosse city block and has been called the "mecca of the midwest" for guitar players. The Lacrosse shop remains open today and there is also a Dave's in Madison.

In 2017, longtime guitar tech for Dave's guitar shop, Phil Kirst, moved to Milwaukee and opened the Bay View store and then recently moved it to 5th Street. Initially, the business was strictly a repair shop, but now also sells guitars and accessories.

"We sell anything from electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, amplifiers and many other things," says Koshick. "We also do instrument repairs and will soon offer guitar lessons depending on the pandemic."

Dave's is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays.

"One of the prerequisites for working at Dave's is a passion for music and guitar. Everyone who works at Dave's in some way or another is musically inclined, and by no surprise, is generally a guitar player," says Koshick.

Koshick says although they have been fortunate during COVID-19 and able to safely continue selling their instruments, they miss the in-person contact with their music-minded customers and hope to open the showroom / retail space soon.

"Part of guitar culture, in general, is browsing showrooms and 'talking shop.' When the showroom was open, we would hear stories from customers almost daily about gear they used to own or cool trades they did to acquire pieces in their respective collections, and while we still do hear those stories, it's not the same," says Koshick. "Hopefully soon we can open the showroom again, but public safety is paramount for us."

Go here or call (608) 790-9816 for more info about Dave's Guitar Shop.

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Dave Rogers, owner of Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Crosse, will speak as part of the Leadership at Noon Series Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Dave’s Guitar Shop opened on July 1, 1982 with an inventory of Rogers’ 17 guitars and has since grown into one of the largest and most reputable guitar shops in the U.S. The business is located in a 20,000 square-foot building and sells new, used, and vintage electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, and accessories from manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker. Fender and Paul Reed Smith also custom make models to Rogers’ specifications.

People travel great distances to shop at Dave’s Guitar Shop and to view Rogers’ incredible personal collection of over 350 guitars and amplifiers. Fifteen percent of the sales are local and 85 percent come from customers located all over the world. A very large percentage of sales take place via the telephone or business website. Customers of the business include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Rick Nielsen, and other music legends.

The Leadership at Noon series features business leaders discussing the key values that contribute to successful business practices. The series will conclude for the academic year Tuesday, March 17 with Louise Hempstead, chief operating officer of Organic Valley. Based in La Farge, Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands.

All Leadership at Noon series events are held from noon–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center and are free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase a boxed lunch for $5. The Leadership at Noon series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business.

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Dave's Guitar Shop will expand to larger quarters in Walker's Point

Dave's Guitar Shop has left its Bay View store, shown here, for larger quarters in Walker's Point.

Dave’s Guitar Shop, a La Crosse-based business that opened in Milwaukee in 2017, is expanding as it relocates its shop here from Bay View to Walker’s Point.

Dave’s plans to open Monday in a 5,200-square-foot store at 914 S. 5th St. The move will give the retailer nearly four times as much space as it had at its former location at 2479 S. Howell Ave.

Known for the large inventory at its La Crosse flagship store and online operation, which owner Dave Rogers said stocks more than 3,000 guitars, Dave’s originally expanded to Milwaukee as a repair business before branching into sales. Last year, the firm opened a Madison-area shop as well.

Where the former Milwaukee location had about 400 guitars, the new store will feature “a large uptick of inventory,” said Ben Koshick, who oversees sales and social media for Dave’s in Milwaukee.

The firm specializes in high-end and boutique guitars but carries lower-priced instruments as well, Koshick said. Dave’s is an authorized retailer for such brands as Martin, Fender, Gibson, Taylor, Rickenbacker and Gretsch.

U.S. guitar sales dropped sharply during the recession but have grown steadily since, according to Statista. The Germany-based market research firm estimated U.S. sales at $1.4 billion last year, up 6% from 2017.

Contact Rick Romell at (414) 224-2130 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @RickRomell.

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Dave's Guitar Shop

Musical Instrument store

Dave's Guitar Shop is an American privately-heldmusical instrument store, which was started by Dave Rogers in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The company sells guitars, amplifiers and other guitar related accessories. There are three locations in Wisconsin. The store in La Crosse houses a multi-million dollar guitar and amplifier museum which is open to the public.


Rogers started his guitar business by selling instruments out of his home.[1] In 1982, Rogers opened his first store at the location of a former Shakey's Pizza Parlor in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[2] The store in La Crosse now carries an inventory of over 3000 guitars. In 2017, a new addition was built on to the La Crosse location and a business that sells drums relocated to Dave's.[3][4]

In 2017, a second location was opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee store carries more than 400 guitars and specializes in guitar repair. In October 2019, the Milwaukee store relocated to a larger building.[3]

In 2018, a third store was opened in Madison, Wisconsin. While the Madison location carries all the standard Dave's Guitar Shop fare, they specialize in boutique acoustic guitar manufacturers like Goodall, Huss & Dalton, Flammang, and Collings Guitars. Like the La Crosse and Milwaukee locations, it has a repair department.[3]


The Museum[edit]

The original Dave's Guitar Shop in La Crosse houses a guitar and amplifier museum on the second floor.[8] There are more than 300 vintage guitars and amplifiers in the museum. There are individual guitars in the museum that are valued at $500,000. The entire collection is open to the public.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]

Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide: Values and Identification by Dave Rogers[12]


  1. ^Heidemann, Emilie (January 15, 2019). "Dave's Guitar Shop opens Fitchburg location". Unified Newspaper Group. Fitchburg Star. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  2. ^Pyrek, Emily (November 11, 2019). "Carlos O'Kelly's and 57 other restaurants in the La Crosse area you'll never eat at again". Lee Enterprises, Incorporated dba La Crosse Tribune. The LaCrosse Tribune. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  3. ^ abcRomell, Rick (November 13, 2019). "Dave's Guitar Shop will expand to larger quarters in Walker's Point". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. ^CAHALAN, STEVE (June 17, 2017). "Coalition drum, board shops move to Dave's Guitar Shop addition". Lee Enterprises, Incorporated dba La Crosse Tribune. LaCrosse Tribune. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  5. ^"– La Crosse, Wisconsin". davesguitar.com. Dave’s Guitar Shop. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  6. ^"Dave's Guitar Shop – Milwaukee, Wisconsin". davesguitar.com. Dave’s Guitar Shop. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  7. ^Krug, Erica. "Dave's Guitar Shop opens a new location in our neck of the woods" (12 July 2018). Red Card Media. Isthmus. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  8. ^Hammond, Shawn. "Dave's Guitar Shop Tour". Premier Guitar. Premier Guitar. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  9. ^McCollum, Maureen (June 26, 2019). "Collecting At Dave's Guitar Shop". Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. Wisconsin Life. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  10. ^Geiger, Bruce. "Dave's Guitar: A Candy Store for Guitar Players". pursuitist.com. Pursuitist. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  11. ^"Dave Rogers' collection is tended by Laun Braithwaite and Tim Mullally and is on display". premierguitar.com. Premier Guitar. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  12. ^Rogers, Dave (2005). Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide: Values and Identification. Iola Wisconsin: KP Books. ISBN . Retrieved November 22, 2019.
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