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Bain Capital debt strikes sour note at Guitar Center

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Bain Capital debt strikes sour note at Guitar Center

With rumors swirling of an ownership change at debt-laden Guitar Center, all eyes will be on whether the Westlake Village-based company reversed its sagging online sales over the critical holiday season.

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String theory: Retired exec plays on passion for guitars

By   /  Friday, April 15th, 2011  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on String theory: Retired exec plays on passion for guitars

After a successful career as the CEO of two dental insurance companies, Chris Kamen could be spending his retirement relaxing and playing golf. Instead, he owns and runs Santa Barbara-based Classic Guitars International.

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Guitar man: High-end instruments, made in Oxnard

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Guitar man: High-end instruments, made in Oxnard

The first things you notice when you meet Jean Larrivée, the founder of high-end guitar maker Jean Larrivée Guitars, aren’t the test instruments leaning against the wall of his office, the tool chest in the corner or the small bottles of wood stain that dot the windowsill. It’s the giant red banners bearing Cyrillic script, Read More →

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