McCracken Guitars to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Former E.M. Shorts Guitars luthier Andrew McCracken is now opening his own store, McCracken Guitars, at Eaton Place.

McCracken’s shop will be on the west side of Eaton Place at 110 S. Emporia.

“We’ll be focusing on vintage instrument repairs and restoration,” McCracken says. “Of course, we’ll take care of people with newer ones as well.”

He’ll mainly work on guitars but also will fix mandolins and do minor repairs on dulcimers.

“We also want to work with effects pedals,” McCracken says.

He’s also going to offer complementary vacuum tube testing so musicians won’t have to guess whether their amplifiers are giving their best sound.

McCracken says a lot of shops in Wichita focus on work with particular manufacturers.

“We kind of wanted to have a stand-alone repair shop,” he says.

Being in Old Town in an older building means opening “with a little bit of style,” McCracken says. “I just like the look with Old Town.”

His space at Eaton Place is small “but it has the real high ceilings, brick walls. It gives the space character.”

Being in a part of town central to the music scene makes sense, McCracken says.

“I thought it would be good to bring a repair shop into this area.”

Leo Goseland of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate handled the deal.

McCracken hasn’t set his hours yet, but he plans to be open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Look for McCracken Guitars to open in late February.