CONCEIVE, CONNECT, CREATE
58 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford, CT 06108
Tel: (860) 709-4525
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
By appointment only
Hey I'm Sayre, the owner of Sayre Guitars. I was born and raised in Connecticut. Throughout my childhood up until I turned 13 years old, my sole interest was sports. I didn't pay attention to music - except on car rides. My dad would blast AC/DC or Led Zeppelin on the radio. Neither of my parents play any instruments. But, there was always a keyboard sitting around the house that I would occasionally tinker with. And soon enough that keyboard sparked my love for music - playing, composing, and constructing any instrument.
YOUNG ADULT LIFE
After I grew tired of sports, I moved onto video games; it turns out that I liked playing video games more than running around in circles. I turned my baseball mitt in for a controller and locked myself away in my room. Eventually my parents figured I needed something else to do. I still vividly remember my father walking into my room late one night and asking if I wanted to play guitar - with my headset on, palms sweaty, and deeply engrossed in my video game. After a somewhat grumpy, "sure," I started weekly private lessons with Jeff Giglio at Studio 85.
After 4 years of weekly lessons, my high school career was coming to a close. I had no real interests other than music and I figured there were a few ventures I could pursue - like becoming a professional musician or building guitars. There are plenty of other paths I could chase in this industry, but those two stood out to me. I attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood California for guitar performance.
TAKING IT SERIOUSLY
Upon arrival, I quickly realized that I was probably the worst musician at MI - I had a lot of work to do. For the next two and a half years, I spent upwards of 8 -10 hours a day playing and reading every book that I could get my hands on. In addition to my studies and practice, I'd meet with my favorite teachers every week to acquire new information that I could apply to strengthen my skills. I would then spend the next week trying to master the concepts they gave me; sometimes at the expense of graded work. Though, I felt that this satisfied my curiosity in a much deeper way.
SHIPPING UP TO...VERMONT
Eventually I came to the realization performing on stage was not my passion. I was much more interested in creating, no matter the medium. After some research, I found George Morris at Vermont Instruments. At the time he offered long term apprenticeship programs - it seemed like a perfect fit for me and my learning style. Under George's tutelage and supervision, I could explore any crazy idea I had even if it didn't have anything to do with music or guitars. My time at VT Instruments (May 2016 - July 2017) was truly a life changing experience and one of the best decisions I've ever made.
One of the beautiful buildings on the VTI campus designed and built by George Morris.
In the summer of 2016, I returned to Connecticut and set up shop. With George's list of basic tools and supplies, the shop quickly took its form and I began work creating the guitars that used to only exist in my imagination.
The last few years have been a worthwhile experience as i hone my craft and learn the business as I go.
Thank you to all of my friends, family, teachers, and students for your support and making everything I do possible.
My goal is to encourage, inspire, and help you get your creative juices flowing.