Singer/songwriter, guitar player, guitar collector, studio owner, member BMI, NARAS National Songwriting finalist, member LASS. Great-grandfather wrote Wizard Of Oz. Attended Columbia College (valedictorian), McGill University where I completed my undergrad in French, John Marshall Law School, Series 6, 7, 22, 63 Securities licensed, ProTools certified since 1999. Worked in-house sales, customer service, product design and company historian at Washburn Guitars. Started in phone sales at Sweetwater and then moved to retail showroom where I became the first in-house guitar sales engineer. Started recording when I was 12-years old. My home studio is where I write and record my songwriting demos. Enjoyed a songwriting relationship with Motown for years.
My songwriting and music production has taken me into the worlds of film, radio and Saturday morning TV. I have written for Guitar, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Frets, Sing Out! and Music Merchandise Review. I especially enjoy using all of this experience to find the perfect solutions for my customers.
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1286E-mail Greg
Chicago by way of Kansas City and Montreal
Favorite Music-Related Publications: Rolling Stone (I have subscribed since Issue #1), Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, American Songwriter, Vintage Guitar Magazine, EQ, Sound-On-Sound, Tape Op Magazine
Apple, ProTools, Tannoy, Neumann, Bock, BLUE, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, Shure, CAD, AKG, Apogee, Neve, Focusrite, Steinway, Martin, Gibson, Fender, Guild, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Hofner, Ampeg, Magnatone, Vox and Monster.
I am the oldest of 4 boys, Mom lives in PA, I have 3 handsome successful sons in Kansas City.
I have owned over 250 guitars, notable among which were a Rickenbacker Light Show which I sold to the Smithsonian and a 1948 D-28 Martin which was owned by a guy on the Opry circuit with the Everly Brothers. I am way deep into sports cars and have owned Alfa Romeos, BMW, Willys Jeep, Jaguar, MG and Bugeye Sprite to name but a few. I have owned 7 MiniCoopers. I am a Beatles superfan and astounding knower of Beatles minutiae.
Favorite Music-Related Publications: Rolling Stone (I have subscribed since Issue #1), Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, American Songwriter, Vintage Guitar Magazine, EQ, Sound-On-Sound, Tape Op Magazine.
I remember outfitting my first professional studio and feeling as though I was at the mercy of unknown forces that may or may not have helped me attain professional radio-ready recordings. I have never forgotten how helpless I felt then. I want my customers to get what they need in order to get the results they need... every time, the first time.
Performed at the NARAS Songwriting Convention as a finalist 2 years running in Durango, CO. On one of those nights I was asked to dinner by my 10 co-performers. I was the only one at that table without multiple Grammies.
At age 12, when I wanted to record my original music compositions, there was no consumer or prosumer recording equipment available. Multitrack recording was something only high-end recording studios did. I was multitracking in my bedroom in Chicago with a Grundig and a Webcor reel-to-reel, a classical guitar, a Danelectro 12-string, bells, ukelele, a Fender Bassman amp, my best friend, Rick, my parakeet, a splicing block and leader tape.
I was incorrigible in middle school and high school: Rather than write term papers or take tests, I wrote, performed and recorded my own musicals and plays which I presented in class. Half of these presentations were in French.
For my customers at Sweetwater, if you are just starting or if you are a seasoned pro, I want to give you an experience that you have never had before. I want your Sweetwater experience to be like hitting a home run with the bases loaded in the All Star game of your life.
My outlook, if you are into music and you come to Sweetwater, the rest is up to me!
I have worked in every aspect of the music industry: Student, songwriter, performer, teacher, guitar collector, guitar manufacturer, guitar historian, guitar designer, studio owner, engineer, producer, musicologist, huge Beatle superfan.
So, no matter what your musical needs, I can talk your talk because I have walked your walk for many years.
Greg - I just wanted to send you a quick and big "Thank You" for your outstanding knowledge and customer service in assisting me with my Martin purchase. The D-15 is everything I've hoped for and everything you've said it would be. I've wanted a Martin since I was 18, and I know I'll play this one till I die, then hand it down to my daughter, who also plays. As you know, I rarely purchase instruments, but I will certainly work with Sweetwater should I need any service or maintenance. I will also recommend you, personally, to anyone I come across that is looking for a new guitar or outstanding service. I know excellent salespeople (like you and me--remember, I sell Chevys) are hard to find. Thank you again, Greg. I really appreciate it.
Michael from Ossian, IN
Thank you so much for referring Greg to me. I have been fooling around with guitars since 1961 in four states and through three major record labels, and he is without a doubt THE BEST guitar and amp professional I have ever encountered and a nice guy to boot! He gave me straight easy to understand answers and not just the usual salesman �highest price� option when that was not the best. And on a couple of questions he did not know the answer to he got back to me instead of the all too often response of making something up. I bought an acoustic amp from him, an option that I had not considered.
Keith Murphy - Rockabilly Hall of Fame Inductee 200
I want you to know how impressed I am with your company. Greg Baum takes great care of me with his vast knowledge of all the products I need. I can shop anywhere I want but since I have the best customer service why go anywhere else.
Paul from Warren, IN
My recent purchase was my first experience at Sweetwater. I found it to be very professional. Greg, you are very knowledgeable and provided sound direction regarding the products needed to address my situation. I immediately contacted my musician friends during my drive back to Indianapolis and expressed how positive my experience was and how impressed I was with your facility to include the restrooms which were clean. I am very happy with my purchase and anticipate making future purchases.
Wendell from Indianapolis, IN
Greg did a great job helping us find the perfect gift for our daughter for Christmas! She was hoping for a ukulele for Christmas, but the one Greg found for us is unique to her We cannot wait until she opens it! Sweetwater will now be our first stop in finding our music needs. Thank you!
Marlene from Decatur, IN