About Us

Who the Heck are We?

RJ Colton

I am RJ, founder of LRC Guitars.   I love guitars , all guitars, regardless of brand or condition.  I have been building and working on them since I was 10 years old.   For years I worked on friends guitars until one day I realized I had over a dozen guitars I was working on and my friends were no longer paying me with beer!  Boom . . . LRC Guitars started.  I am endorsed by Raddy's Liquors in Knoxville, Tennessee.   


I'm a hair metal guy and love '80's rock and metal. Although, my musical taste is schizophrenic.  My favorite bands are The Cult & Pearl Jam, but The Cure, Afghan Whigs, the Black Angels, Daughter, Silversun Pickups, and Sturgill Simpson are right there too.   I love Le Trio Joubran and Willi & Lobo.   Missio is my new addiction. Don't mention any of them to me or you will be trapped for hours.  


My favorite guitar I own is a 64 Gibson Melody Maker and a Fender Custom Shop Jazzmaster.   Acoustic - Alvarez Yairi Slope Shoulder - Not even sure the year of it.   

Ken Andrews

This is Ken.  In February 2018 we asked extraordinary guitar player and tech Ken Andrews to join LRC. Ken has over 30 years of experience as well, but is much more well known than RJ.   Ken is the lead guitarist of Obituary as well as the guitar tech for Matt Heafy of Trivium.  He has worked in the past with Matchbox 20, Rob Zombie, Andrew WK and others.

Ken mostly works on our shredder and alternate tuning guitars.   Floyds, 7 Strings, and 8 Strings are his thing.

Ken is a motorcycle enthusiast and is endorsed by ESP Guitars.   Yeah, he's one of those people that are good enough to get free guitars.  


Ken Blount


Ken has been building and repairing guitars for over 30 years and has probably forgotten more than RJ & Ken (the other one) have ever learned.   Ken is an authorized Martin and Ovation Service Provider.   His custom guitars are highly sought after and have been sold around the world.   Ken has been the featured subject of articles in Frets, Vintage Guitar, Bluegrass Unlimited, Southern Bluegrass and more.   

LRC Guitars is happy to have such a highly respected luthier onboard.  


This is Owen.  Owen is the shop mascot as well as RJ's right hand man.  Chances are you will be greeted by him before anyone else when stopping by.   RJ is normally asleep and Ken is off doing what rock stars do.   

There are two banned words in the shop:  Duck & Frisbee. Please do not say either within an earshot of the black dog.  Don't worry about him running out the door.   He won't go anywhere without RJ.   


This is Lucky (with RJ).  Beginning in the Spring of 2038 we are going to be repairing drums as well.  Lucky is that guy.  


While Lucky's biggest influences are 80's & 90's Metal, his favorite music is Yanni and Hanson.  (Don't ever ask him about Mmmm Bop - 1 hour lecture on the perfect song will hit you square in the face.).   


You might not see Lucky much, but the drum kit and beer cans are his.   We also blame all strange smells on him.   

What You Can Expect From Us

No Attitudes.  Easy to work with and we love your instruments as much as you do.  For over 30 years we have been setting up guitars to our customer's desires, not the way we want them to be.  Afterall, you are the player of your instrument, not us.  

We value quality over time.  Our prices are reasonable and our services are stellar.  We don't play games and will evaluate your instrument for free.  If it simply is not worth fixing, we will let you know, not waste your time and money trying.  Some guitars are just better broken.

Before accepting a repair, we take time to thoroughly evaluate every instrument so that we can provide each customer with a proper understanding of the nature of the repair.  There is no charge for our evaluation, so feel free to bring your ailing instruments by our shop during normal business hours.