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Our Crew

These are the cogs that keep our machine moving! The Russo Crew comes from every walk of life but each has the love of gear that makes this place tick.  Come on down to see us in person or feel free to give us a call at 800.847.8776 . 

Scott Engel

Asbury Park Store Manager / Head Guitar Tech

Specialty: Electric and acoustic guitars, both sales and service. Heavy focus on guitar construction concepts and structural repairs

Bio: Over 15 Years playing and touring in regional and national punk bands. Now touring 3 repair benches daily.

Jeff Lacour

Hamilton Store Manager

Specialty: Guitar/Drums/Pro Audio

Bio: Spent my teens and twenties as a guitar player and drummer in local acts. I’ve recently spent time mixing live sound and recording for artists, performers, friends and family.

Wills Weller

Asbury Park Sales / Drum Repair

Specialty: Drums, Guitar/Bass, Pro Audio, Dusting Cymbals, Taking out cardboard.

Bio: Currently playing drums in a band called Toothgrinder. We are signed to SpineFarm/ Universal Records. We have toured the US and Canada multiple times with bands such as Killswitch Engage, Periphery, After The Burial, The Contortionist, and many more. I have drum endorsements with Tama, Vic Firth, Sabian, Aquarian.

Howie Cohen

Asbury Park Sales

Specialty: Electric and acoustic guitars sales, Gibson Acoustic Five Star Specialist, Taylor Guitars University trained, effects pedals, choosing the saddest radio station to listen to in the shop

Bio: Musical History: Weekend warrior touring in punk/post-rock bands for 10+ years, Bachelor's Degree in Music Industry from the State University of New York at Oneonta, getting "into" that inspirational 90's band too late

Mike Burt

Asbury Park Sales/ Mr. Fix it

Specialty: Endless dumb facts about guitar, bass, and drum. Expert Googler.

Bio: Musical History: 15+ years in bands you've never heard of, touring up and down New Jersey and sometimes Pennsylvania.

Matt Caponegro

Asbury Park Sales

Specialty: Electric & Acoustic Guitars. Bass Guitar. Effect Pedals. Guitar & Bass Amplifiers.

Bio: Musical History: 10 years experience playing and touring D.I.Y Venues & Art Galleries

Jim Graziano

Hamilton Sales

Specialty: Bass/Guitar/Drums/Band Instruments/Pro Audio

Bio: Jim started playing music before you were born. A precocious toddler, he changed the western world's musical landscape at the young age of 3 by inventing the quarter-note rest. He went on to study music at a fancy, expensive university, and has spent his time since then paying off his student loans, maintaining his instagram feed, and playing bass guitar in bands that have toured both stateside and internationally. When he's not helping customers find their perfect musical fit, Jim still performs and tours with Honah Lee and Groovy Movies.

Eric Collier

Guitar Tech

Specialty: 20 years experience in all aspects of guitar repair and building. Owner of Luther Lee Pickups. Custom made vintage style pickup building, repair an restoration.

Bio: Toured US and Canada with various regional and national acts as a bass player and singer. Currently preforming with the band "Fast Clare" as well as recording music for media licensing with "The B. Christopher Band". I spend my free time being a Dad, playing with my kids and I have chickens as pets.

Sean Glonek

Hamilton Sales

Specialty: Grilling with charcoal, recording, pro audio, hoppy beer, and spicy food.

Bio: Guitar player for The Commons for 10 years. Recording, mixing, mastering, and producing for SRG studios since 2002.

Zach Miller

Hamilton Sales

Specialty: Drums / Guitar

Bio: Playing in local and touring bands since 2004. He's also "very much into Heavy Rock".