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Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
-Frank Zappa
Favorite Instruments

Gibson Les Paul Custom, Fender Custom Shop 1952 Heavy Relic Telecaster, Fender Custom Shop 1960 Heavy Relic Telecaster Custom, Vox AC15, Marshall DSL100, Marshall Class 5, Fender 1964 Vibroverb Custom, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Gibson Custom Shop 1960 VOS Les Paul Special, Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster, Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster, Fender Road Worn 1960 Stratocaster, Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, Ampeg B100R, Too many pedals to list!

Musical Education

Berklee College of Music, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Category Expertise

Guitars > Acoustic Guitars > Acoustic Guitars, Pedalboards, Guitars > Guitar Effects > Effects Pedals, Amplifiers & Effects > Effects > Effects Pedals, Guitars > Guitar Effects > Effects Pedal Packages, Guitar Amplifiers, Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body Electric Guitars, Amplifiers & Effects > Amplifiers > Tube Amplifiers, Amplifiers & Effects > Amplifiers > Guitar Amplifiers, Amplifiers & Effects > Amplifiers > Amplifier Heads, Guitars > Guitar Replacement Parts > Pickups

Favorite Bands

Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tool, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Who, Pavement, Oasis, Jane's Addiction, Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix, Guns 'n Roses, ZZ Top, Social Distortion, Johnny Cash, Blind Melon, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Steeley Dan

Musical Interests

Vintage Guitars and Amps, Collecting Gear, Writing Music, Playing Live, Jamming with Friends, Collecting Pedals, Collecting Musical Instruments, Going to Concerts, Going to Shows, Hearing New Bands, Reading about new gear, Trying New Gear, Writing songs, Recording, Trying New pedals, modifying pedals and amps, I am a pedal junkie!! I love buying new pedals, Playing Guitar, Playing Guitar and Bass, Playing Out!, Building Pedalboards, Building a song from scratch

Andy Beseke
Store Manager

Certified in: Drums, Accessories, ProAudio, Keyboards, Guitars

One thing I can remember from the time I was a little kid was wanted to play guitar.  I would go through my sister's hundreds of albums;everything from the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, Black Sabbath, and more.  

My first guitar was a plastic KISS guitar, when I was about 6 years old, and I have been hooked ever since.  The next guitar I got after begging my parents, was a classical guitar from Kmart on my 10th birthday.  My parents found a guy to give me lessons, which actually consisted of him coming over to our house one time, playing Dust in the Wind, and never returning.  Still determined to become a guitar player, I saved money from paper route and had my mom take me to our local music store in Wisconsin to get a real guitar.  I was 13 and worshiped Jimmy Page at this point.  I told the person at the music store I wanted a guitar just like Jimmy Page's to which he responded, "That's a Les Paul.  They're about $2000".  Only slightly discouraged, I left with a Peavey T15 with an amp built into the case.  Soon after that I got a Squier Strat made in Japan(complete with spider web pickguard - it was the 80's).  Within a few years I finally got a Les Paul.  I traded my Strat plus $300 that I saved and bought a used black Gibson Les Paul Custom with a Kahler trem on it.  My friends and I would jam for hours playing Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath songs.

I the age of 16 I started taking guitar lessons.  This gave me a wealth of music theory knowledge and really helped me develop as a musician and songwriter.  At 18 I went to Berklee College of Music.  Although I only went for a semester, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I love being surrounded by musicians every minute.  

After returning from Berklee I attended luthiery school in Arizona. I built a 12 string acoustic and a solid body set neck electric.  When I attended the school we even had to make our own guitar pickups.

It was at this time I also began extensively playing in bands.  My band played local clubs in Phoenix several times a week and toured as well.   We played all original music and recorded several CD's.  Amidst trying to get a record deal and dealing with A/R folks the band broke up.  I took a long hiatus and ultimately ended up at Guitar Center in 2003, the perfect blend of my previous life experiences.

I haven't played professionally in awhile, but I love being around musicians every day.  That is the greatest reward for me at Guitar Center.

My newest guitar is a Gibson Custom Les Paul 1959 Murphy Aged Les Paul Reissue w/ a Bigsby.  It's an incredible instrument.  I've owned many, many amplifiers over the years, but these days I find myself using a Marshall Class 5 or a Vox AC15C1 the most.

I have trunks full of pedals at home, but the pedal board I play through the most is actually pretty simple.  It contains Bogner Ecstacy Red Overdrive, Digitech Whammy, TC Flashback Delay, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb, all on a Pedaltrain board.  I am powering all of this with a Sanyo Pedal Juice.  This is a rechargeable 9V power supply that is awesome.  I have used it probably 25 times and only charged it one time.