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A Message from the Owner


I’m Joe Ravita owner of Empire Music.

In 2002, Empire Music was started with the simple goal of providing the highest quality guitars, amps, accessories and services with a  one-on-one personal approach at a guaranteed price.  Each day our staff has aimed to make sure that everyone who walks into Empire Music has an amazing experience.  This approach has allowed us to serve thousands of customers with a passion that will be hard to find elsewhere.

Since our inception, we have grown from a small 800 square foot store to a 7,000 square foot guitar player’s dream.  We are Pittsburgh’s premier choice for guitar players from beginner to advanced.  Our inventory is so unique because each guitar is selected with the customer in mind.  In addition, we have one of the country’s finest acoustic guitar showrooms.  You will be able to see the region’s most amazing selection of Taylor, Taylor Custom Shop and Martin Guitars.

As we have continued to grow in terms of inventory, we have grown in other ways as well.  Empire Music offers Pittsburgh’s #1 rated Music Lesson Program.  We have 17 teachers on staff that teach over 500 lessons per week on guitar, bass, piano, vocals, drums, banjo and ukulele.  Our professional teaching staff is unparalleled.  They take the pride and passion of serving our customers that you will find in every experience throughout our store.

Today, I’m so proud to unveil a website that allows us to serve you on the web as well as we will in person.  Our new website allows users to contact us directly via Skype from any product.  Our staff wants to do anything it can to help you in your quest for the finest, coolest and most unique gear.   I thank you for visiting our website.  Our staff would love to meet you, answer your questions, match you with the perfect guitar or amp and welcome you to our family.  I promise that your time in Empire Music will be unlike any other experience.  Whether you are looking for a guitar or a pick, we promise to do our best for you.

We want Empire Music to be your music store!

Thank you so much,

Joe Ravita
Empire Music

About Empire Music

Joe Ravita



  • Established Empire Music in 2002.
  • Created Little Strummers & Rock U University Classes
  • Duquesne University Business School Graduate
  • 15 years of experience playing guitar
  • Started working for his family music retail business over 20 years ago

Brett Pecco

Director Of Education


  • 11 years of Teaching Experience
  • 16 Years of Playing Experience
  • Attended PA Governors School for the Arts for Guitar
  • Berklee College of Music Alum
  • Wrote Little Strummers Course
  • Rock U University and Little Strummers Teacher
  • Performed in Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Blues bands throughout the region
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