DeForest Thornburgh came into the industry with a strong business background and a deep-seated passion for guitars. When an opportunity arose to purchase the well-established Blue Guitar store in San Diego, he took it. His goal was to focus on the talents of the staff, which included master luthier and an original founder of the shop, Yuris Zeltins. DeForest’s knowledge of guitars and other string instruments made the Blue Guitar a must stop for collectors and performers alike. The store’s reputation has long since been based on a unique and specialized approach to repairs, which flourished under DeForest’s direction.