Guitarville was established in 1958 by Al Kolbeck, an excellent jazz guitarist and watchmaker. He got married to his wife Lou around the year 1941 and settled in Seattle. He used to work for Boeing and study in night to become a watchmaker. Al started working as a full time watch repairer and worked for many jewelry stores. In the year 1958, he started ''Al's Swap Shop'' get almost anything such as guitars, records, tools, guns, jewelry and lots of other things. About the same time, he also started ''Guitarville'' from his home as a hobby. Throughout his life, Al tried his best to acquire classical and Jazz Guitars. His personal collection of instruments was constantly increasing. There was a lot of variety in his stunning collection. In the subsequent years he shifted his focus to musical instruments only and the ''Swap Shop'' was changed to ''Guitarville''. His son Vallis joined worked with him for three years and took over after Al's quad bypass in '94. There were major changes in Guitarville during the fall of 1995. The size of the Showrooms was increased. Upstairs the space was increased for teaching. There were a lot of changes in the interior design. This makeover has been the launching pad for a steep hike in the business volumes in the internet age. Their website has become an important source for acquiring top-class musical instruments. There is a great range of acoustic, bass and electric guitars available for talented musicians.