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EGW Guitars & EFX


Built to be Played

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It starts with a mindset

EGW Guitars is owned and operated Matt Ackerman - offering top quality guitar service, and its own line of custom electric guitars hand-built in Olympia, Washington.


Built to be played; Crafted to be bold. EGW Guitars are designed to inspire passionate guitarists to get out and make music. 

Combining superior equipment service, expert knowledge, and an inclusive community, EGW ensures you have the perfect instrument to learn new skills, expand your comfort zone, and gain confidence in music and life.

In late 2023, we were honored to welcome Tortuga pedals into the EGW family - adding beautiful boutique effects to our product offerings.

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A letter from Matt

I've been a guitarist since age 14, been working on my gear since I was 16, and performing since I was 15. But like many, I set music aside for a time to focus on what I believed was expected of me.

In 2020, as it did for many, things changed. Enough was enough. Existence is brief, and it was time to start living the way I needed to live.

I acknowledged where I was, decided what I wanted and where I needed to go, drew a crude map to follow on the way... and got to work.


Here we are, together, sharing a community built around the most inspiring musical force in our lives, the guitar. I am home and glad to have you here with me - wherever you are on your journey.

- Matt Ackerman (Owner)

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EGW Backstage

Before EGW was launched as a business, there was a simple idea which began as a podcast. Casual conversations aimed to meet musicians, no matter their accomplishments, exactly where they are on their journey. Discuss, dialog, inspire, share... and help where we can.

Come hang out with Brion McCoy and myself each first Tuesday of the month when we livecast EGW Backstage: A guided look at life, experiences, and the ways & means of the guitarist's journey.

Of course you can always catch back-episodes as well.

Join us live for the next episode!



Air date: 2023 Sept 05 Episode 29 of Backstage is out for September 2023, and we hosted a free guitar giveaway to loyal listeners like you! This episode is all about spreading the love for guitars and giving back to our amazing audience because we believe every musician should have a high-quality custom guitar. Watch now to see who won the free guitar giveaway for the stunning Zombie Kill six-string! We also cover topics such as: - How helping fellow guitar builders makes the whole industry better - The truth behind why we decided to do a free guitar giveaway - Highlights and BTS stories from concerts featuring Aaron Crawford, Living Colour and Extreme - The story of repairing an authentic autographed Rick Springfield guitar - Working with local Olympia, Washington artist Travis Brown Stay tuned for future episodes where we'll hand out more free gifts to our audience, and subscribe now for a chance to enter more giveaways in the future! -- 00:00 Introduction 03:45 Why community is crucial in the guitar building world 08:50 Guitar giveaway details 10:53 Updates from the hosts 14:15 Aaron Crawford playing his custom EGW guitar 27:14 Info on the Zombie Kill six-string collaboration 30:57 Matt's experience at the Living Colour / Extreme concert 47:24 The Rick Springfield guitar repair story 48:28 A recent custom guitar guild highlight 51:37 BTS of what EGW is building now 58:18 Giveaway winner announced --- Visit our website more info on custom guitar builds and repair service: 🤘 FRET LESS. ROCK MORE. 🤘
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EGW is by appointment only - Monday thru Friday. 
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