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Ryan McGuire

Ryan McGuire


Finding his way into music thanks to his guitar-playing father, Ryan McGuire set off early down a path filled with the sounds of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers. After graduating from Albion College, he became obsessed with acoustics, recording techniques and vintage gear and eventually began building his first recording set-up with Pro Tools.

"Soon after that, I decided to build out my first recording studio, which evolved over time into my current studio, The 45 Factory, in Pontiac, Michigan," McGuire says. "In 2005, I started buying gear for the studio from Vintage King and while picking up an order, I met Vintage King co-owner Andrew Nehra. It quickly hit me that Vintage King is a unique and invaluable resource for people like myself that were in the process of building their gear collections."

Since becoming a Vintage King employee, McGuire has risen through the ranks and held many impactful positions, including a long tenured role as one of the company’s leading sales consultants. He also founded and oversees Vintage King’s distribution arm, M1 Distribution. In more recent years, he has served as Director of Business Development, a position which saw him lead the sales, marketing and merchandising strategy of the company.

In 2018, Mike and Andrew Nehra announced that Ryan McGuire would be taking on the role of President of Vintage King. His focus would be on providing strategic leadership for the company, creating operational efficiencies and improving the customer experience.For McGuire, the customer experience is #1. His goal is to bring that experience to a new level by aligning all departments with laser focus towards customer service.

"The company has grown a lot since I first started working here over a decade ago - from 10 employees to 100 - but it's never lost that sense of family," McGuire states. "It also hasn’t lost that focus on honesty and transparency with our customers that made me a believer on day one. I want to continue that tradition."

Q & A

What does it mean to you to work at Vintage King?
Being able to work in a family atmosphere where everyone is aligned by a love for music and recording is like a dream come true. Our customers come first and our main mission is to help them find new ways to inspire their art and improve their workflows on a daily basis. That's a mission that truly feels good to be a part of.

What is your favorite album of all time and why?
Harvest by Neil Young or The Band’s self-titled record. The soul, the feel, the songwriting and how they were recorded are all amazing to me. Neil and Levon Helm are icons and I play those records constantly.

What do you like to do when you're not working at Vintage King?
Get in the studio and create; I'm still actively producing and engineering records whenever I can. While not in the studio though, I like to get out on the water and relax with friends. Michigan has beautiful lakes and I've been out floating on them since I was a kid.

I would like to thank VK for the wonderful sales assistance, service and prices. This was my first purchase with you and it won't be my last. I only wish I'd discovered you years ago!
Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
Noa L.
You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
Robby T.
I would recommend Vintage King to any one looking for top-class gear, unbeatable customer service and the best prices on the map!
Jake D.
My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Michael D.
From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
Thomas W.
I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
Rob M.
Thanks for your great service and getting this out today. You guys really are the Kings!
Alan B.
Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
James O.