Milwaukee store

914 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

(608) 790-9816

Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, Closed

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Meet the Staff


Phillip Kirst

Store Manager & Luthier

With a love of all things music and guitar, I attended Southeast Technical College in Red Wing MN and graduated with a degree in Guitar Building and Repair as well as Advanced Guitar Construction and Production.  After graduation, I started working at Dave’s as a full time Luthier and after six years at Dave’s La Crosse, I moved back to my hometown to open the Milwaukee location.  Now, nearly 10 years at DGS, I mainly handle vintage appraisals and any restoration work that comes through as well as the day-to-day operations of the store.  I love to talk vintage guitars and models people have forgotten about and you can usually find something interesting on my bench any day of the week.  

Ed "Milwizard" Muzia

Assistant Store Manager & Luthier

Hello there! My name is Ed Muzia, and I’ve worked for Dave’s Guitar Shop for about 4 years now. After completing my schooling at Galloup School of Lutherie, I apprenticed under a local luthier in Milwaukee for about 2 years. Once Dave’s Guitar Shop started gaining some traction in Milwaukee, my boss suggested trying to get a job alongside Phil as a repair tech. One phone interview and one bench test later, I had the job at Dave’s. Learning new things alongside Phil has been an invaluable experience, and I’m honored to be part of the Dave’s Guitar Shop family.

Benjamin Koshick

Sales & Social Media

When I started playing guitar, I had no interest in music whatsoever. My mother told me, “Son, if you’re not going to play sports, you’re definitely not going to play video games all summer.” That was nearly 20 years ago, and now it’s the driving force of my life. I’m privileged to work for a legendary guitar store, teach guitar on the side, and regularly gig in the Milwaukee area. I guess you can say I’m living the dream, so thanks, Mom.

Ben's band Tigera

Cody Christian

Shipping & Sales

My journey on the bass began at age 12 when all my friends already had electric guitars. It was love at first thump and I've been proud to be a bass player ever since. I studied upright bass and composition at UW - Eau Claire. Between graduating in 2013 and before starting at Dave's I spent several years performing and being a music manager for a major cruise line. Gear wise, I'm primarily a Fender guy, but have been known to rock a Music Man or Ibanez on occasion. I love experimenting with new effects, the more outrageous the better. I'm always happy to talk bass, pedals, guitars, and amps here at our Milwaukee store.

Cody's band Tigera

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