Pike/Pine rockers will soon have a new place to buy guitar strings. Mandolins, too.
“If it has strings, we can fix it,” Chris Lomba boasts of new E Pike music store, High Voltage.
The new venture in the former unhappy home of art space Square Room is set to open Saturday with a big bash:
High Voltage Music is a new music store opening up in the heart of Seattle (Pike & Broadway) this weekend!
Our goal is to be a positive and convenient resource for Seattle’s music community. We’ll be stocking gear and accessories made by our friends/your friends locally, as well as gear you’ve always used, loved and relied on. This is a safe space, a space to feel wild in, and we’ll be growing and evolving to become an inclusive resource for all musicians!
Consign your things! Help us fill up the store! Help yr gear find a new home!
Come party with us at the grand opening Saturday (August 18th)!
“We want to get guitars, fix guitars and put guitars in good hands,” said Nate Ellis-Brown.
But, yeah, expect to find plenty of other stringed instruments and music gear on the walls and in the display cases at the new store. The High Voltage crew has been handling the build-out of the shop themselves. On a sweltering Seattle afternoon, that means rockers in shorts. It’s not pretty. Ellis-Brown isn’t currently performing but Lomba is a member of local band Fonzarelli and most other partners and employees come to the store after working at other music stores and as part of the Seattle rock and music scene. Seattle music producer Pat Gray rounds out the roster of partners getting High Voltage off the ground.
It was almost one year ago that CHS reported the E Pike spaces for Square Room and neighboring restaurant Ballet had been put up for lease. The beloved — and affordable — Ballet has remained in its home but Square Room moved on and faded out of the space over the past year.
The emergence of a bonafide guitar shop on the HIll marks the first time in recent memory such a venture has been attempted in the area. Ellis-Brown tells legend of a store that once operated on Broadway but besides that, guitar gods have had to turn to local DJ shop Platinum Records when the need for new string arises. Meanwhile, the live music scene in Pike/Pine has for the most part survived the upscaling of much of the food and drink and nightlife offerings in the area even if many of the underground performance spaces have been pushed out the E Pike core. The Capitol Hill Block Party — an event that defines the Hill to many people outside the neighborhood and in — builds its main stage a gaffer’s tape toss down the street from High Voltage’s new front door.
The store will specialize in repair and consignment — Ellis-Brown says there are just too many nice, vintage guitars in Seattle to bother with the new ones.
Learn more at highvoltagemusicstore.com.