Backstage Guitars

Sales, Repairs and Lessons

Backstage Guitars is a brick-and-mortar music store located in the central Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We offer a unique selection of guitars, amplifiers, and effects as well as the quality, well-known brands you're used to. Our technicians take pride in our full-service stringed instrument and amplifier repair. We also provide private music lessons for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and ukulele. If you're looking for a small PA or amplifier rental, we have those too.

Lessons

Our lesson program is open to all ages, ranging from as young as 6 to adult. We have many teachers on staff prepared to teach you what you WANT to learn at YOUR pace. Lessons are catered to you. Private and spacious rooms help keep everyone comfortable and having fun in our one-on-one private-lesson format.  Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player looking to sharpen your skills, we have what you need to learn guitar, bass, drums, and even ukulele.

Ryan Neitznick

BACKGROUND

Ryan Neitznick is a Pittsburgh CAPA (Pittsburgh High School For Creative and Performing Arts) Alum and a University of the Arts (Philadelphia) Performance/Composition Graduate.

SPECIALITY

Music Theory and Jazz/Fingerstyle Guitar are Ryan’s fortes, but he is equipped to teach all styles to all ages.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Ryan is currently a music producer and studio owner at Ice House Recording. He also works part-time around the shop.


Joe Rusnak

BACKGROUND

Joseph Rusnak is a Pittsburgh native, born and raised into a musical family with a rich musical history. Playing since age eleven, Joe’s primary instruments are guitar and bass guitar, while keyboard and drums are his secondary. He graduated with BA from IUP in 2005 with relevant coursework in music theory and music history.

SPECIALTY

Focusing on Bass and Guitar lessons, Joe incorporates his background and knowledge of composition into his teaching style, emphasizing the understanding of music as a whole and not simply through the scope of a single instrumentalist.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Joe currently works as a freelance composer. He regularly has original music featured in media of all kinds, including film and television.


Adam Kroloff

BACKGROUND

Adam's a singer, songwriter, guitar and bass player, professional actor and former puppeteer who's played in numerous bands since 1986 including his own band Captain Paradox.  He first picked up a guitar in 1980 and hasn't put it down since.  Adam's been teaching since 2002.

SPECIALTY

Due to his experience in puppet and children's theater, and his natural rapport with kids, Adam specializes in working with younger students and beginners of all ages.  He also loves to work with budding songwriters and can offer voice coaching in conjunction with instrument lessons.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Adam has recently embraced all things Funky and is working on a new collection of original funk tunes.  He's also a working actor, check him out on IMDB.


Chris Brenner

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Nick Bentzel

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Read Connolly

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Elliott Sussman

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