Staff

Gene Hansen :

Gene Hansen

Call: 231-943-1211

Hi! My name is Gene Hansen (Geno). My wife and I own the Traverse City Guitar Company. I started playing guitar in the summer of 1976. I have been working on guitars for 39 years now. I learned to repair guitars the hard way, on my own as most people did during that time. After my Air Force career, I was able to combine my love of guitars and woodworking, along with several other skills to start building my own line of instruments in the summer of 2009. I opened the store in the spring of 2014 and since have expanded my guitar building as well as becoming a certified repair center with Taylor Guitars, Fender, Guild, Cordoba and Ibanez guitars.

Matt Wilkins :

Matt Wilkins

Call: 231-943-1211

Hi, my name is Matt Wilkins. I am the youngest employee here at Traverse City Guitar Company. I work on the sales floor and also do some repair work. I am currently working with Geno to learn about woodworking and the process of making guitars. My goal is to have my first, “made by Matt” guitar made by September. I started playing guitar at the age of 14 and love AC/DC music. I am in my senior year of high school and plan on attending NMC after graduation. I also love motorcycles and love driving mine.

Tim Harding :

Tim Harding

Call: 231-943-1211

I have always loved music since I was kid. I started on bass in high school and soon switched over to guitar. I enjoy playing multiple styles of music including Blues/Old School Country/Smooth Jazz and Classic Rock. I have played in several bands over the last 30 plus years. I am currently a solo guitarist and a member of The Truetones. I started doing guitar repairs about 20 years ago out of necessity, and the same can be said about tube amp repairs. When something broke, I figured out how to fix it. I enjoy setting up guitars, especially the “beaters,” that nobody else would have any interest in.

Sean O’Brien :

Sean O’Brien

Call: 231-943-1211

Sean is our repairs manager! He is a guitar and pedal genius! He attended Northwestern Michigan college to earn his Audio Technician certificate. Sean has been studying under Gene at TC Guitar Company for five years. He is Fender, Taylor, Gild, Cordoba, and Ibanez certified. Sean enjoys photography, playing the drums, songwriting and dad jokes. He loves hiking, an occasional cigar and singing love songs to his beautiful wife. 😉

Patty Hansen :

Patty Hansen

Call: 231-943-1211

Just like a great band manager, Patty wears many hats including being the Social Media Guru, Human Resource Manager, and co-owner of Traverse City Guitar Company with her husband Geno. While always having a love for music, her secret talent is as a baker. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of trying Patty’s fresh baked goods if you are lucky enough to visit Traverse City Guitar Company on a day she brings them in.