Who We Are
(Jimmy Egypt’s) Guitar Repair Shop is owned and run by James Cannell. It is the largest and most specialised guitar and fretted instrument repair store in Scotland. Working in the Repair Shop alongside Jimmy is Owen, Ed, Dan and Matt. Staff profiles with more information and pics will follow soon…watch this space (if you’re interested!)
Who Is Jimmy Egypt?
Jimmy Egypt is the alter ego of James Cannell, owner of Guitar Repair Shop.
Why Jimmy Egypt?
Well my friends…that is a long and convoluted, though rivetting and extremely interesting…(to those who are interested)… story which I am unfortunately not able to divulge here. Sorry.
OK…Tell Us More About Jimmy Then!
James M Cannell BA Hons is a trained product and furniture designer with an Honours Design Degree from the world renowned Glasgow School of Art. Following graduation he established a guitar-making business along with his friend Maurice Bellando. Egypt Guitars were in business for 3 short years and manufactured a range of very high quality and originally styled guitars and bass guitars with suitable egyptian names which some say were ahead of their time. There’s more information on Egypt Guitars here.
After Egypt Guitars, Jimmy put his degree to use working as a designer and manager in the furniture industry before an opportunity arose to reconnect with the music industry as a part of CC Music. Circa 1998, CC Music opened a bigger and better shop in Glasgow’s west end. Owned at that time by Jimmy’s friends Steve Caban and Phil Hay, they offered him a space within the shop to start a guitar repair business. Jimmy decided it was time to embrace self employment again and do something he enjoyed and was particularly skilled at….working on musical instruments. The business has grown by leaps and bounds and now resides on the lower floor of CC Music in Glasgow’s West End. Jimmy plays in a tribute band called the Beatles Beat. It keeps his hand in on the gigging front. He says, “It’s the most enjoyment I’ve ever had playing in a band. Trying to get my guitars to sound just the way George recorded them is a fascinating science. Also, as a gigging musician, I can understand some of the issues my customers come up against in the heat of a gigging situation. I could go on to talk for endless paragraphs about my guitars here, but as I sense you’re starting to nod off, so I’ll save it for another time”
Thanks for dropping by and be sure to say hello when you visit the shop!
The CC Music Link
Now Jimmy owns and runs CC Music alongside his partner Steve Caban. Between the two of them, they have much to offer and I think that it shows in the shop, not only on what is on the walls, but in the way the shop is run. This is just the start in what I hope will be a long association. More about CC Music here
Guitar Repair Shop
33 Otago Street
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