Andy Hogg, owner of Hogg Guitar Shop, holds his custom-made guitar in his shop. Aaron Kunkler/Redmond Reporter

Andy Hogg, owner of Hogg Guitar Shop, holds his custom-made guitar in his shop. Aaron Kunkler/Redmond Reporter

Hogg Guitar Shop tricks out instruments

Andy Hogg’s workshop may be a small one, but it’s enough space for the experienced luthier to work his magic.

A luthier is the industry term for one who makes or modifies guitars, stemming from the history of the guitar originating from lutes, which are stringed instruments ranging from violins to classic guitars.

Hogg does guitar customization, tune-ups and restorations, and just about everything else you could want from someone who has spent more than a decade in the industry.

“Every problem, there’s maybe multiple ways of approaching it,” Hogg said as he sat behind his service counter on a recent afternoon. “You really gotta think about, well, how do you approach that?”

Hogg is highly knowledgeable about his craft and can talk for days about the intricacies of everything from re-fretting guitars to applying lacquer to the pros and cons of bone or synthetic guitar head nuts.

He’s also a factory-authorized Fender and Gibson service center, along with an array of other manufacturers.

Hogg started playing guitar in the 1970s as a teenager and later got interested in guitar repair and customization.

Through the 1990s, Hogg said he was buying lots of higher-end guitars, but realized it might work better to pick up some cheaper guitars to practice modifying them.

At the same time he was working for an ink company, spending a lot of time dealing with ink chemistry formulation.

He also got experience working with customers and honing his service skills.

“That really gave me a good perspective on just working with people,” he said.

Around 2002, more traditional means of printing began succumbing to digital printing and newer methods, so he decided to strike out on his own and open a guitar repair business.

He attended a large luthiers convention where he met crafters who had been working on guitars for decades.

There’s not much that’s directly translatable from his former career into his current, he said, but taking an analytical look at problems in both the ink industry and working on guitars is invaluable.

“I got very good at analyzing problems,” Hogg said.

One big takeaway is there’s never a perfect tool for any job, he has to improvise and use a variety of tools and his creativity to fix and customize guitars.

And he offers a wide variety of services such as surface restoration, re-fretting, replacing fingerboards, retrofitting electronics and pickups and more.

One finished project that hangs from his shop wall is a custom made guitar with Hogg emblazoned on the headboard.

Guitars, both electric and acoustic, require some maintenance to stay in top condition, especially coming off of winter or following exposure to dramatic changes in temperature.

Hogg has also worked for Mills Music as a guitar technician, which gave him a chance to hone his skills on the guitars that came through his shop.

Hogg Guitar is located at 8705 Willows Road N.E. and Hogg can be reached at (425) 890-3971 to set up appointments.

More in Business

Eastside Swim School is located at the Willows Preparatory School at 12280 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Worthington.
Eastside Swim School opens location in Redmond

Swim school offers programs for all ages.

A comparison of how many life science companies are on the Eastside and in other Washington cities. Kailan Manandic
Life science hits its stride on the Eastside

Life science has strong roots in Washington, contributing economically and scientifically.

OfferUp founder Nick Huzar makes customer safety a core pillar

Bellevue-based CEO wanted a simpler solution to his own problems

Macy’s is currently advertising a 40 percent clearance sale on their storefront in the Redmond Town Center. Kailan Manandic/staff photo
Macy’s confirms Redmond closure after clearance sale

The town center location will let its lease expire after a clearance sale set to run mid-January through March.

Eastside tech companies Smartsheet, OfferUp, Apptio face challenging 2019

Here are a handful of companies from the Eastside that will be interesting to watch in 2019.

Tech set to continue driving Seattle-area housing market in 2019

A look at what’s the real estate market in the coming year.

Pedego Redmond owners Dick Nelson and Mike and Holly Nelson accept 2018 Rookie of the Year Award from Pedego CFO Terry Sherry and CEO Don DiCostanzo. Courtesy of Pedego Electric Bikes.
Pedego Redmond named company’s Rookie of the Year

Pedego Electric Bikes honors owners for going the extra mile with expectational customer service.

Hopelink volunteers host a cooking demonstration in the Redmond food bank on Aug. 3. The organization recently received a $822,500 grant from Premera. Katie Metzger/staff photo
Premera awards $3.3 million in community grants focusing on behavioral health

Several Eastside organizations will benefit from the funding.

Wag N’ Wash Redmond hosts Santa Paws photo event

Santa will visit the Redmond Ridge pet store again on Dec. 22.

Business owner, Sean Miller opened Origins Roastery in May. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Redmond’s Origins Roastery brewing organic drinks

The organic roastery uses cannabis-free beans.

Google, Facebook to pay more than $400,000 to Washington state in campaign finance cases

Both are in the top 10 largest campaign finance recoveries in Washington state history.

Minuteman Press of Redmond lands major design and print awards

The business was recognized by the Printing Industries of America for the third consecutive year.