We're more than a store - we're your upright bass information destination.
Way back in the 1990s, Gollihur Music got its start because Bob (my Dad) was hosting a website.
It was a simple site, where he mostly posted a bunch of links to upright bass-related things he'd found in his searching around online (this was WAY before Google), and he thought it might be nice to share those links with others who might benefit from them. Why? It was just something he did, simply because he had the wherewithal back in those early days of the Internet to figure out how to code and host a personal website. He wasn't looking to monetize the information - he was just providing the links he'd found, in the spirit of sharing them, so that other bassists could benefit from the fruits of his own bass journey.
Somewhere along the line, around 1997, he decided that he needed some pickups for his upright. Not able to find the K&K Sound pickups he was seeking at convenient retail channels, he petitioned K&K to let him offer their pickups on his site as a dealer. (This also, not insignificantly, gave him the ability to get them for himself.) They took a chance on him, and Gollihur Music (then called "Wordsmith Associates Music," a branch-off of his freelance writing work) was born.
Yes - we're a music store. We do have to sell products to keep the lights on, and pay our mortgages, just like any other retailer. But Bob always did - and now that he's retired, I continue to - insist that we remain true to our legacy of being a FREE source of information and help to bassists, whether they are paying customers or not.
To that end, I'm continually trying to update some of our resources with more current information, and I welcome your help - particularly, we have a Directory of Luthiers (Bass Repairpersons), as well as a Teacher Directory, both of which could use some new blood. If you are so inclined, take a quick gander of those lists - and if you know, or you are, a luthier or teacher who should be included on those lists, please use the submission form at the bottom of the particular directory page and suggest an addition! Be sure to include as much helpful information as you can - and know that there is no charge, and no obligation, for having a listing on our site. Also let me know if you find an outdated listing, for someone who is no longer teaching/working.
It's a big, happy circle; we appreciate your help in keeping our site up to date - and the teachers/luthiers who are listed will appreciate that we'll be referring business to them. And finally, people who need those services, but didn't know someone was in their region, will appreciate that we (as in "you and me") helped them to find a local teacher or luthier. Win/win/win.
And of course, we still host our other resources - even though search engines are exceedingly good now, we still host our famous, original Links Pages, we put Product Manuals and the details of Manufacturer Warranties on whatever products we can, and our Buyer's Guides can help you narrow down your choices for bows, pickups, doublebass stands, and more.
I sincerely hope that our site, or a phone call or email to us through the years, has provided you with help, insight, or inspiration along the way. And I always welcome suggestions, corrections, differing points of view, and feedback for our Knowledge Bass (FAQ) Pages, Product Descriptions, and anything else that could use an update. We're here for you - and we're grateful that you've been there for us, for over 23 years now.