Andy grew up in Elmhurst, IL. He got into the guitar (literally) with a two-year course at the Redwing Technical College in Redwing, MN, studying violin repair as well as guitar building and repair. From there he went south, almost as far as you can go, to work for guitarmaker Ross Teigen in Estero.
After three years doing repairs for Teigen, Andy came to Nashville and started working at Gruhn's in 1994. He has a special place in his heart for refret jobs.