Brad King’s journey to Guitar Craft Academy Nashville started with his dad’s car radio.

“My dad would listen to the radio and knew every song, everybody in the bands, all the instruments they played — it was like a history lesson,” he said. “To me, that was the coolest thing in the world.”

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Inspired by his own love of music — especially Southern rock, gospel and Motown — Brad started playing guitar and learning music theory, which in turn made him want to learn more about how his instrument worked. Brad, 39, decided to enroll in Guitar Craft Academy Nashville after working the past decade as an accountant and six years before that as a correctional officer. “I’m just ready for a career change, and that’s the main reason I’m at MI. It’s a freaking blast — I love it,” he said.

Brad recently completed the Electric Craft course, building a blue Telecaster copy as his project guitar, and will start the Acoustic Craft course in early April. After he graduates, he wants to start his own repair business.

“It’s so empowering to me as a musician to look at my guitars at the house and know I can make them play better and look better,” he said. “I can’t imagine a time in the future it won’t be cool to me.”