About Strings Cafe

Strings Cafe & Guitar shop is solely owned and operated by Phil Kikuchi.  Phil is an innovative and talented artist with an extensive knowledge and background in music, teaching, instruments, and repairs. Phil worked as a Luthier for several years at Larrivée guitars in Vancouver where he learned every part of what makes a great guitar. He has also worked for several guitar shops as a salesperson, repairman and teacher including Tom Lee and Rufus Guitars in Vancouver. Phil’s vision in creating the shop was to combine the love of music and musical instruments with community, a place where people could come together and share their talent, time and a cup of coffee.

Phil enjoys creating and sharing music with others and has worked on several original albums. Experience Phil’s Music with his latest album Wood & Steel Alchemist.  Phil is also an experienced performer having played in numerous venues in and around London & Vancouver where he can be seen fingerpicking the blues, rocking out, or completely changing gears and blowing people’s minds by playing his eclectic original acoustic songs.

Phil has been playing guitar for 30 years and has over 20 years teaching experience working with students of all ages. Phil’s students thrive because he:

  • is friendly and patient
  • challenges his  students
  • customizes lessons and learning to the students desires and aptitudes
  • is knowledgeable and musical
  • keeps learning fun

Learn more about Phil in his Biography >>
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