Tom Bedell began giving guitar lessons in his home town of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Just a few months later, when Tom was 14 years old, he imported guitars with his name on the headstock from Japan. The year was 1963. Tom continued to make guitars and played in local bands, growing his wholesale business to a half a million dollars by the time he was 16 years old. He then opened his own music store, which was the same name as his guitar brand, Bedell Guitar Company. Years later Tom and his wife came back to the music industry. They opened a small music retail store called Two Old Hippies, purchased Breedlove Guitars and he brought back the Bedell Guitar brand.