Strummin’ up business |

Strummin’ up business

Amanda Llewellyn, Special to the Tribune

Picture a large, sunny room with guitars hanging from the walls and a work table piled with tools and instruments.

Bear, the family dog, guards it all at the home of Indigo Musical Instruments.

Brothers Chris and Dave Taylor, who own and operate the establishment, are celebrating their first anniversary.

The Taylors hail from Los Angeles, moving to Tahoe about two decades ago. They are involved with the Performing Arts League; having performed in shows at Lake Tahoe Community College.

The Taylors are musicians who have previously worked in construction. Inspiration struck as they decided to put both fields together, exploring the more scientific aspect of music — building the guitars themselves.

“We got into it because we were never happy with factory-built guitars,” Dave Taylor said, adding that his goal is to wield a flamingo pink guitar he’s now building.

The Taylors repair, restore and rebuild virtually any six-string instrument, which includes violins, mandolins as well as acoustic, electric and bass guitars.

They have expanded the business to include their hand-built guitar line, featuring a fanned fret. It is a unique, Old World design that’s modeled after such instruments as the hammer dulcimer, classical harp and the grand piano.

The fanned shape creates a richer sound, resulting in a one-of-a-kind, quality product. They are selling their guitars for an extremely low price to encourage musicians to try out their product. The Taylor brothers said they also fill custom orders with any specifications — such as those for people with small or large hands.

Indigo Musical Instruments is open six days a week, by appointment only at 492 Capri Drive.

Chris Taylor can be reached at (530) 541-1380. Dave Taylor is available at (530) 577-8001.

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