Rick LaFever-Store Manager
Rick's first exposure to music was as an infant, his parents were in a band in the late '40s & early '50s, playing "hillbilly" music. His father played guitar and lap steel and his mother played upright bass, which was twice her size. His earliest memories are of being 2 or 3 years old, sitting on the guitar player's lap, mesmerized and watching his hands make all those sounds.
His first guitar was a $19.95 Silvertone and he was about 8 or 9 years old when he got it, today he has been playing 52 years! Rick has been in bands since the age of 14 and has played Rock ,Country and Blues. His musical retail experience began in 1976 when he made the decision to also work at something he enjoyed. He applied at Giant Music in Falls Church, VA, where he had bought his first electric guitar and amp, as well as a 1970 "Hendrix at Woodstock" Strat. At that time, Giant had three locations and he was placed at the least busy store, but within 2 months, Rick was promoted to the most busy location and became top sales person, and then Manager.
Rick also always had a knack (or obsession) for taking things apart to "fix" them, and that had carried over to his guitars and amps. While working at Giant Music, he had the privilege of learning how to "fix" things correctly from John Vetter, a brilliant guy who seemed to know everything, including how to impart his knowledge and methodology as they relate to instrument and amp repair.
In 1976, Rick went on to be trained at the Peavey factory in Meridian MS, subjects covered included, signal flow, polarity impedance matching, manufacturing techniques for electronics, speakers guitars/basses and cabinetry. He has been an authorized Peavey Tech for over 23 years and a Fender Repair Tech since 1987. He has also attended the Taylor Guitar University on-campus factory training and has been an authorized Taylor Service Tech for more than 15 years. Rick says, "As a repair person, I take pride in doing the job right and being fair and honest with the customer. Trust is a powerful asset and very important to me."
Rick has been with MAKE 'N' MUSIC since 1986 as Store Manager and trust is what he strives for in sales as well. His goal is to develop the trust and confidence of every person who enters the store, whether they need advice on strings or recommendations and support on major purchases ranging from guitars, amps or elaborate sound systems.
"Selling and servicing at MAKE 'N' MUSIC is not just my job, it's my life!" ~Rick LaFever