I was born and raised in Peoria, IL, where I lived for the first 20 years of my life. I started playing piano at the age of 8, bass at the age of 14, and guitar at the age of 18. I grew up in a house with a studio and started getting my feet wet in the recording world at a very young age as well. I played in several bands over the years and toured the United States several times as a bass player, guitar player, and vocalist. Before joining Sweetwater, I was a General Manager for several locations across the United States for a major competitor for the last 12 years.
I'm very happy and excited to now have the opportunity to join the winning team and to continue to leave a positive impact in the lives of everyone around me and to go above and beyond to help out my customers!
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1604E-mail Jared
I'm originally from Peoria, IL, but have live all over the United States including St. Louis, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA.
For the past 12 years I was Managing stores for a music retailer across the United States in multiple locations.
I wanted to play for the winning team and Sweetwater is winning on all levels including great customer service, knowledgeable people, and selection of premium gear.
Guitar, Bass, and Piano
Have owned several PRS guitars, Rickenbacker guitars and basses, Fender Teles, Takamine acoustics, Orange 4x12 guitar cabinets, Soldano Avenger, Bedrock, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Egnater Tweaker, Red Bear, Fulltone pedals, etc. I currently play through an original 5150 head, Orange 4x12 cabinet, Jackson Soloist, and a slew of pedals.
I've been married since 2001 to my beautiful wife Lindsey and we have 2 beautiful daughters, Azra and Izlyn.
In my spare time we love to check out anything old such as Antiques, Cars, etc. I also love woodworking and have started building guitars. I'm also an enormous St. Louis Blues Hockey fan and Chicago Bears fan!
I wanted to be a Veterinarian because of my love for animals. Although life didn't go that direction, I have worked with animals over the years and our pets have been a huge part of our lives.
I've been in Music Retail as a General Manager for the past 12 years and have been in the music industry in live and studio situations for over 25 years.
I love the diversity and the collective mind. There are so many smart people here and I feel privileged to be alongside them and learn from them on a daily basis. Also, that means that there is someone here for everyone. The years and level of experience here collectively is incredible and means that there is at least someone that can relate to any musical challenges you might be facing.
Catharsis, Fall Silent, Minsk, Comeback Kid, Culture Abuse, Strain, Forced Order, No Warning, Blacklisted, Down To Nothing, Trapped Under Ice, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Berry, Gary Green, John Waite, Brian Breckle, Warren DeMartini, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Nelly, etc.
Excellent customer service, excellent product, excellent staff! I love that I can always reach a live person with questions. I always get individual treatment.
Kathy from Wilmington, NC
Absolutely amazed by the personal service on our order! It is obvious customer satisfaction is a priority. Your company would be the first place we would look for music related items. Great prices, great service and BTW, even the little touch of adding some candy made my kids very pleased! Thank you!
David from Renton, WA
I have to say it's the most personal order I've ever made from the pre-ship phone call, to the email, and finally the candy in the box. Thanks! I don't think I could beat the customer service even in a local shop
Chrystal from McMinnville, TN
From the customer service call after my order, to e-mailing me a copy of the invoice, to the great price, free shipping and candy in the box...a pleasure!
Rick from Gloucester, MA
I am amazed at the level of customer serivce I received for my first order. Great Job! The entire process was smooth and efficient. I also loved the candy touch. What a lovely treat!
Mary Ann from Point Pleasant Boro, NJ