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Cole Music Co.

Cole Music Co. Builders of boutique Guitars, Amplifiers, and Effects. World class guitar repairs. We operate locall

At ColeCraft Guitars we design, build, assemble, and finish all of our instruments and electronics by hand in the USA. We also operate a retail Guitar store with specialty in instrument repair. For over 10 years we have been buying, selling, and restoring fine instruments and amplifiers in the historic Garland District in Spokane WA.

Operating as usual

03/07/2022

Hey y’all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a 1968 Guild T-50. It’s a really fun guitar to play, super straightforward with just one pickup. I love the hollow-body, wood-heavy tone. If you’re interested in this guitar or any of our other vintage gems, head to our Reverb link here: https://reverb.com/shop/colemusicco. Thanks for watching!

02/28/2022

Hey everybody, as promised here is Carter Hudson rocking a 1957 Fender Stratocaster. We were able to put this gem back to nearly all original from a box of parts. After a refret and a pickup rewind this guitar is ready for another 65 years of making music.

For the amp nerds out there, check out the first year 1963 Fender Deluxe Carter is playing through. This version is the first incarnation of the Deluxe Reverb (model AA763) from my personal collection. Enjoy!!
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02/26/2022

I recently had the pleasure of doing some restoration work on this 1957 Fender Stratocaster. After a refret, and a pickup rewind the "Spudcaster" is back in business!
Check in tomorrow to watch .hudson.music give it a thorough workout 🔥
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02/20/2022

Hey y’all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a 2009 Benedetto 16-B Custom 7 String. This was my first time playing a 7 string and I really enjoyed having that low “B” in my life. Sometimes you don’t know what you're missing until you find it. If tasty flat-wound tones and wide tonal options are your thing, this guitar is for you. Plus it’s absolutely gorgeous, and just really fun to play. If you’re interested in this guitar or any of our other vintage gems, head to our Reverb page here: https://reverb.com/shop/colemusicco. Thanks for watching!

02/13/2022

Hey y’all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a super cool circa 1962 Danelectro DC-2. I love these guitars. They are so creatively made and they play super well. I love the neck on this one, and the wide variety of tonal options available. I had a great time playing this guitar. If you’re interested in this instrument or any of our other vintage gems, head to our Reverb page here: https://reverb.com/shop/colemusicco. Thanks for watching!

02/06/2022

Today we’ve got a very rare 1968 Fender Custom. This guitar is super unique and very fun to play. The pickups sound great and I love the funky headstock (a 12-string headstock fit with only 6 tuning pegs). It’s got a lot of really cool charm to it and the tone and feel of this guitar is fantastic. If you’re interested in this instrument or any of our other vintage gems, head to our Reverb page here: https://reverb.com/shop/colemusicco. Thanks for watching!

01/30/2022

Today we’ve got a 1960’s Vox Phantom VI. This guitar is so cool. I’ve always loved Vox as an amp maker but I never knew they made guitars until I played this one. Given the very unique body shape, it’s admittedly tricky to play sitting down—but it’s got so much charm to it. I really like the neck, and the tone is bright and clear. If you watch til the end, you can see the use of a really cool feature: there’s a red felt pad by the bridge that can be engaged to act as an automatic palm mute. This thing is the real deal! If you’re interested in this guitar or any of our other vintage gems, head to the link in our bio (on the Cole Music page). Thanks for watching!

01/23/2022

Hey y'all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a 1951 Gibson ES-5. I love the finish on this guitar—just gorgeous. It’s currently strung with flat wounds and plays wonderfully. I really like the tone and feel of the instrument, and I think you will too. If you're interested in our vintage gems, check out our Reverb page here: https://reverb.com/shop/colemusicco. Thanks for watching!

01/16/2022

Hey y'all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a 1940 Epiphone Zephyr. This is a very cool guitar. It’s got some serious vibe—the look of it is distinguished and unique, and despite having only one pickup there is plenty of tonal versatility. It’s a really fun guitar to play, and it kinda takes you back in time. If you're interested in this gem, head to the Reverb listing here: https://reverb.com/item/31789487-epiphone-zephyr-1940-blonde-clean

01/09/2022

Hey y’all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we’ve got a 2002 Gibson L-5 Custom. Whether you’re into the J word (jazz) or not, this guitar is a treat to play. First of all, it’s gorgeous. The action is fantastic, the fretboard feels great and the tone is delicious. If you’re interested in this guitar, sorry—it sold before I could post this video! But fret not, we’ve got plenty more vintage and modern gems for you to check out at the link in our bio 😊. Thanks for watching!

We agree  this Brazilian rosewood D40 is a very special instrument...but the guitar sarcophagus may be a bit overboard 😉...
01/04/2022

We agree this Brazilian rosewood D40 is a very special instrument...but the guitar sarcophagus may be a bit overboard 😉

Puppy conveniently placed for size reference.




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01/03/2022

Hey y'all, Carter Hudson here with another guitar demo for you. Today we've got a 2005 Gibson '57 Reissue Les Paul with Lollar high wind pickups. This goldtop is a thrill to play--it looks beautiful, the tone is fantastic, and the instrument feels great. It's also super versatile, delivering everything from screaming rock tone to clean indie sounds. If you're interested in this guitar, head to this link to see the listing: https://reverb.com/item/46739387-gibson-57-ri-les-paul-goldtop-2005. Thanks for watching!

12/26/2021

Hey y'all, this is Carter Hudson posting here. I've recently started working with Eben to bring you these guitar demo videos. Today I'm excited for you to check out this beautiful Gibson '63 Reissue ES-335. I've never owned a 335, but every time I play one I'm reminded why I wish I did. This guitar is brilliant. The neck feels great, the sustain is incredible, and the tone and feel of the instrument are spot on. If you're interested in this gem, head to the listing available here: https://reverb.com/item/46738646-gibson-historic-63-ri-335-block-1998-video-demo.

Thanks for watching!

12/20/2021

Check out this beautiful 1987 Gibson Les Paul played by Carter Hudson. If you're interested in purchasing this guitar, head to the listing available here:

https://rvrb.io/1987-les-paul-cust-3rf2px

Did you know Cole Music Co. now offers private guitar lessons?I have had the pleasure of having .hudson.music as a custo...
12/13/2021

Did you know Cole Music Co. now offers private guitar lessons?

I have had the pleasure of having .hudson.music as a customer, and a friend, for quite a few years now. In addition to being a skilled musician, he is also a fantastic teacher. We are happy to have Carter giving lessons out of our retail store, and he will also be helping us out with gear demos and general radness.

For info on lessons with Carter reach out at https://colemusic.co/pages/lessons

We haven't been selling any vintage guitars over the past two years...but it doesn't mean we haven't been buying!We're h...
12/13/2021

We haven't been selling any vintage guitars over the past two years...but it doesn't mean we haven't been buying!
We're happy to say our online store is active again 🔥

Hit us up at reverb.com/shop/colemusicco to check out our curated collection of super cool pieces...and yes, that is an '85 Explorer with a Kahler Trem 🤘


Hello Friends! It's been awhile (pandemics are the worst). While we have been laying low, we have also been working on s...
12/09/2021
Hello Friends! It's been awhile (pandemics are the worst). While we have been laying low, we have also been working on some exciting new projects. We have a freshly remodeled retail space, lots of new gear, and even some fresh faces to introduce you to...so stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy this throwback to tearing it up on a Bartel Fretless Bass:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5f2AzfASDo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And if you have a chance, check out the thoroughly fascinating tale of the Bartel Fretless Guitar. We were happy to help contribute to this untold story and any Beatles Fan or Guitar Nerd would be well served to check out this book!

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Hello Friends! It's been awhile (pandemics are the worst). While we have been laying low, we have also been working on some exciting new projects. We have a freshly remodeled retail space, lots of new gear, and even some fresh faces to introduce you to...so stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy this throwback to tearing it up on a Bartel Fretless Bass:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5f2AzfASDo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And if you have a chance, check out the thoroughly fascinating tale of the Bartel Fretless Guitar. We were happy to help contribute to this untold story and any Beatles Fan or Guitar Nerd would be well served to check out this book!

📷. (bass pics)

06/13/2021

Will travel for tone. Love seeing what builders around the globe do with our Silver Hand Pickups.

Check out the new review of our Paradrive on Premier Guitar. You can get in on the second run now. Details on our site.
03/31/2020
Premier Guitar

Check out the new review of our Paradrive on Premier Guitar. You can get in on the second run now. Details on our site.

The Cole Music Co. Paradrive is a top-notch driver built around a powerful parametric EQ. Check out our review (with audio clips) of versatile dirt box.

Huge thanks to  for the awesome review of the new Paradrive. We’ve uploaded this to the pedal page on our website, but y...
03/03/2020

Huge thanks to for the awesome review of the new Paradrive. We’ve uploaded this to the pedal page on our website, but you should totally check out his YouTube channel.

If you missed our blog on this unique piece of electric guitar history last week, give it a read.
03/03/2020

If you missed our blog on this unique piece of electric guitar history last week, give it a read.

We rotate the homepage pic of our website from time to time with artists playing Cole gear. Next up: The amazing  playin...
03/03/2020

We rotate the homepage pic of our website from time to time with artists playing Cole gear. Next up: The amazing playing a Hollowtop at the Red Room here in Spokane. She’s a force of nature on stage and also a generous mentor helping girls to be strong rockstar women. Many kudos! Check our her stuff, she’s got new music dropping soon! 💪

Steve Bauer about to record on a 1920’s Gibson L3, outfitted with a pickup handmade by Art Stimson at Lead Pencil (analo...
02/29/2020

Steve Bauer about to record on a 1920’s Gibson L3, outfitted with a pickup handmade by Art Stimson at Lead Pencil (analog recording studio in Spokane, WA).

Do YOU know how old this sign is? Guitar nerds would like to know! (Thank you Wilhelm Underwood for finding this!)
02/27/2020

Do YOU know how old this sign is? Guitar nerds would like to know! (Thank you Wilhelm Underwood for finding this!)

We bet this is the oldest pickup you’ve ever heard. Meet the “Cigar Box Pickup” made by Art Stimson, inventor of the mag...
02/27/2020

We bet this is the oldest pickup you’ve ever heard. Meet the “Cigar Box Pickup” made by Art Stimson, inventor of the magnetic electric guitar pickup. Read all about it and listen to video on our blog. https://colemusic.co/blogs/news/the-cigar-box-pickup

Very rarely do you get a chance to change guitar history. It starts off with a random guy walking into a guitar shop and...
02/20/2020
Art Stimson: Spokane’s Missing Link in Electric Guitar History

Very rarely do you get a chance to change guitar history. It starts off with a random guy walking into a guitar shop and ends after a year's long journey of uncovering the life and work of a truly unique man, Art Stimson. The icing on the cake? One of the rarest bits of guitar gear in existence. Check out the blog on Cole Music Co. https://colemusic.co/blogs/news/art-stimson-spokane-s-missing-link-in-electric-guitar-history?fbclid=IwAR2wRZnqkVcQPhPThktuvpPcMHtEumJH-mwZ-OlKSu-WAwovqnHkKpi7cfQ

Art Stimson has been an obscure footnote in guitar history. We unearth family history and details around his life that bring to light a remarkable musician and unique history of the inventor of electric guitar pickups.

Custom milled acrylic pickup bobbins for new ML-90 prototypes. Best of Silver Hand Missing Link tech with a P-90 flavor....
02/19/2020

Custom milled acrylic pickup bobbins for new ML-90 prototypes. Best of Silver Hand Missing Link tech with a P-90 flavor. Coming soon.

Big shout out to the lovely folks over at ! Our new Paradrive pedal was highlighted in the Gear Radar section of the Feb...
02/11/2020

Big shout out to the lovely folks over at ! Our new Paradrive pedal was highlighted in the Gear Radar section of the February digital and print editions. Our first run sold out quickly but we’re Now taking pre-orders for run two.

Address

816 W Garland Avenue
Spokane, WA
99205

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(509) 244-3001

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At Cole Music Company, it is our mission to produce unique designs that sound amazing, look cool, and function perfectly. We hand make all of our gear in the United States using only the best materials and the finest components. Seriously.

“Lutherie is in my blood. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. My father was a luthier, so I grew up around fine instruments and the smell of hot hide glue. I’ve carried on my family legacy in my shop, Cole Music Company, where I specialize in the repair of high-end vintage and boutique guitars. For over a decade, this experience has given me the rare opportunity to learn from—and sometimes improve upon—the techniques of the greats. Now I’m proud to bring these skills to bear, to continue my family tradition—to present Cole Music Company Guitars.” — Eben Cole

A BRIEF HISTORY

Gene Cole bought a small general store from Reverend Laraway in Susanville, CA in 1968. As a self-taught luthier he turned it into Cole Music Co., a repair shop and purveyor of high quality string and fretted instruments.

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The Cole Music Co. Paradrive is a top-notch driver built around a powerful parametric EQ. Check out our review (with audio clips) of versatile dirt box.
With all this new free time on my hands I've been playing alot and thinking about you guys in Spokane. Wish I could come visit but staying home and doing my part to save the World. I hope you're doing well and business returns to normal soon and just wanted to say we're thinking about you guys. 😊
The Collings CL just arrived. Putting it down for a few minutes to thank you for a smooth transaction and delivering exactly what described. Look forward to dealing with you again. Thanks Eben.
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