Tony started his foray into music with the baritone, tuba, and guitar until finally arriving at a place he felt he really belonged; the electric bass. While at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he joined a jazz band and started touring regionally. He later toured internationally with artists like Terri Clark, Lee Roy Parnell, and Mark Selby to name a few and his time as a professional musician often informs his work as a repairman.
After moving to Nashville in 1989, Tony helped build the Gibson Guitars repair department from scratch in 1991 and departed as Warranty Repair Manager in 1999. He followed up by starting Nagy Guitars offering full service repair and custom building for a number of musicians currently performing with Blake Shelton, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, Eldon Huff Band and Billy Ray Cyrus and finish work for Jaros Guitars, Low End Bass Shop, Warrior Guitars, and Valloy Guitars. Tony began working in the Gruhn repair shop in 2014 and spends much of his time here doing finish work and soaking up the wealth of knowledge offered by his peers on the Gruhn repair staff. A player at heart, you’ll still often find Tony in studios and on stages around town.