MEET THE FIREHOUSE GUITARS CREW

Todd Carpenter

Store Manager

I began playing drums when I was 13 years old and quickly fell in love with music and especially music gear!  At age 17 I picked up the guitar and this fueled my gear addiction even more.  Working in music retail is truly a dream job for me as I really enjoy being around the products and interacting with musicians of all kinds each day.  I especially enjoy playing music at my church where I am a worship leader and a youth group leader.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two little girls and my wife Rachel.  I also am a big NBA fan.  #GoPistons 

 

I started with Firehouse in 2005 as a salesman and took over the reigns as store manager in March of 2012.  I love working for this company and look forward to coming to work each day.  

Nate Diekema

Assistant Manager

I have been playing guitar since I was 13. I took up drums about two years later. I have since been interested in musical instruments and accessories for the better part of 15 years. I currently enjoy playing drums and writing guitar for my metal band Fear Campaign.

 

My non musical interests include computers and electronics as well as video games. I currently reside in Holland with my wife Rhiannon. 

 

I started with Firehouse in 2008 at our Holland location. I have since worked at our warehouse, and now am the assistant manager at our Grandville store.

Samuel Overman

Sales

Samuel is a Michigan transplant from Eastern North Carolina. He attended Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) and graduated with his bachelor's degree in Music and Worship in 2017 and also received instruction in guitar setup and repair from Galloup Guitars’ School of Lutherie. Samuel is a classically trained violinist and has trained in guitar, piano, and vocal music as well. He enjoys classical music, jazz, folk, and alternative rock. Samuel loves exploring gear and helping others find what will fit their needs.

Mike Golden

Guitar Repair

Born in 1984 and began playing music in the 3rd grade in the Comstock Park School system.  At around age 15 I started teaching myself to play bass guitar which quickly led to 6 string guitar.  Having always been handy and access to a wealth of information through library and internet sources, it wasn't long before I had torn apart and rebuilt every piece of gear I have ever owned.  By around age 20, I was building tube amps, solid state amps, effects, and electric guitars from scratch.  A few short years later I had begun "major surgery" and scratch builds of acoustic instruments.  

 

An interest in classical and jazz music led me to a few thoroughly enjoyed guitar and music classes at GRCC in my college years.  Those classes have left me with a permanent soft-spot for the classical, nylon-strung guitar.  Always wanting to learn something new, perfect what I already know, and keep up-to-speed with the ever-changing world of music and musical instruments, I could not have asked for a better job or hobby than to be the guitar tech at Firehouse Guitars.

Greg Vanzandt

Amp / Electronic Repair

My wife and I live in Caledonia where my shop is located. I’ve been repairing electronics for a living for over 40 years and have repaired a wide variety of things.  My main interest is guitar amps, music equipment, and especially old tube amps.  An amp is an instrument just like a guitar. There’s a big difference between an amp that simply works and one that is tuned up and sounding it’s best.