Behind the Strings


Tucked up in the Pacific Northwest, Dusty Strings has quietly become an iconic instrument builder recognized worldwide.

On the flight out to Seattle to interview Ray and Sue Mooers, I struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me. She was a life-long Seattleite, and asked me what was taking me out to her hometown. When I told her I was going to interview the  owners of a small harp company called Dusty Strings, she lit up, “Oh, Dusty Strings! That’s where I got my first guitar. I love that place!”

Wait, you know about Dusty Strings? But I thought only harpists, and maybe some dulcimer players knew about Dusty Strings. It felt like that moment when you saw your second grade teacher having lunch at a restaurant with her friends. You mean they have other friends? They have a life outside of me? I would come to find out Dusty Strings is probably better known as a Seattle destination spot for guitarists who live here and are visiting as it is for harpists.

“Yeah, we get that a lot,” says Sue. “There are a bunch of people who know Dusty Strings to be a really, really cool guitar store, and that’s it. Because that’s their world, and that’s what they see.”

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