Kal-Tone (originally named “The Kalamazoo Guitar Shop”
) was established in 2014 by Ry Charters and Jay Gavan. At the time, Ry was moving back home from Seattle, where he had been managing the Dusty Strings repair shop. Jay was painting guitars for Heritage Guitar in Kalamazoo, which is where Ry and Jay first met and worked together in 2002. Kal-Tone’s first location was downtown on the Kalamazoo Mall from 2014 to 2016. The shop is now located in the Jerico collective at 1501 Fulford
, where it shares a three-building complex with shops that build electric scooters, fix cars and pianos, wire electricity, make records, sell great coffee, and create fine smelling beard oils! Come on down, get a coffee at the Fido Motors Cafe
, and drop in to check out the shop.