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Favorite North American Guitar Shops

Uncle Phil 20 Jan 10 - 09:40 AM
GUEST,WYS-out 20 Jan 10 - 09:52 AM
Backwoodsman 20 Jan 10 - 10:53 AM
GUEST,number 6 20 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM
Sandy Mc Lean 20 Jan 10 - 11:30 AM
GLoux 20 Jan 10 - 11:49 AM
autoharper 20 Jan 10 - 11:52 AM
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Phil Cooper 20 Jan 10 - 03:22 PM
GUEST,MAG 20 Jan 10 - 03:36 PM
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Uncle Phil 21 Jan 10 - 09:34 AM
Desert Dancer 21 Jan 10 - 10:57 AM
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Subject: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 09:40 AM

Talk in the bar the other night was about good guitar shops – who has a great selection of acoustics, who does good repair and restoration work, who knows a lot about vintage instruments? Here's a list we came up with for favorite guitar shops in North Amerikay in 2010. Anyone have additions, deletions, corrections, or other nominations?

Buffalo Brothers Guitars
4901 Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 434-4567
www.buffalobrosguitars.com/

Charley's Guitar Shop
2720 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75229-4727
(972) 243-4187
charleysguitar.com/

Elderly Instruments
1100 N Washington,
Lansing, MI 48906
888-473-5810 toll free
http://elderly.com/welcome.htm

Gruhn Guitars
400 Broadway
Nashville, TN
(next to the Ryman Auditorium, how cool is that)
(615) 256-2033
www.gruhn.com

Intermountain Guitar and Banjo
712 East 100 South,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
(801) 322-4682
http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/

Lark Street Music
479 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 287-1959
www.larkstreetmusic.com

Mandolin Brothers
629 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310-2576
(718) 981-8585
http://www.mandoweb.com/

Mass Street Music
1347 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS 66044
(800) 747-9980 toll free
http://www.massstreetmusic.com/

Vintage Instuments
507 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
Guitar, Etc. Inquiries: (215) 545-1000
Violin Inquiries: (215) 545-1100

The Twelfth Fret Guitarist's Pro Shop
2132 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4C 1J9, Canada
(416) 423-1554
www.12fret.com


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: GUEST,WYS-out
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 09:52 AM

Yale Music
Sayre, PA

~S~


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 10:53 AM

My Favourite Guitar,
Naples, Florida.


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM

I'll also put a plug for the Twelfth Fret.

and I'll add

Tony's Music Box
Fredericton, NB

biLL


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 11:30 AM

The only one mentioned that I have visited is Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. Great eye candy there for browsing but too top end for my budget. My favourite would have to be the Halifax Folklore Center.
A very good luthier owns it and it has a good selection of old and new instruments.

Folklore Ctr.


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: GLoux
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 11:49 AM

Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia has a web site:

http://www.vintage-instruments.com


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: autoharper
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 11:52 AM

Gryphon Stringed Instruments
211 Lambert Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-2131
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: lompocan
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 12:52 PM

McCabes
3101 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405-2005
(310) 828-4497
www.mccabes.com/


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 03:22 PM

Tobias Music in Downers Grove, Illinois. Good prices, great selection, fast, good repairs. They've gotten a lot of my money over the years.


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: GUEST,MAG
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 03:36 PM

Guitar Emporium, Seattle.


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: michaelr
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 06:21 PM

Tall Toad Music
Petaluma, CA

Huge selection of acoustics, esp. Gibson and Martin. Got my Lowden there.


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 09:34 AM

Gryphon Stringed Instruments probably should have been on the first list. I feel like I've been there from reading Frank Fords website FRETS.COM for a long time.

My all-time favorite was Arnold and Morgan, and later Larry Morgan Music in Garland, Texas, but they are lamentably closed. A great place to hang around and the only place I've ever had repair or restoration work done.
- Phil


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 10:57 AM

McCabe's in Santa Monica is also a great little concert venue.

This morning on Facebook there's this report: "Gerald "Jerry" McCabe, founder of McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, died on Sunday, January 17; he had had Alzheimer's for a long time, but actually died of a heart attack. A memorial/celebration for his friends in the So Cal area is pending."

On the McCabe's web site:

~ IN LOVING MEMORY ~
GERALD McCABE
January 30, 1927 - January 17, 2010

Founder of McCabe's, furniture designer, yoga instructor,
sailor, restorer of old Citroens, and so much more. He
left California in 2005, but never lost his love of the
ocean, nor his ability to live life in the moment.
Quite simply, we wouldn't exist without Jerry,
and we will never forget him.

~ Becky in Tucson (this week; Long Beach next week)


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 11:36 AM

Well, they don't have guitars per se, but no list like this would be complete without these two fine suppliers of bits and pieces:

Stewart-MacDonald
PO Box 900
Athens, Ohio 45701
USA
800-848-2273


Luthiers Mercantile International, Inc.
7975 Cameron Dr. - Bldg. 1600
Windsor, CA 95492
Tel: 707-687-2020
1-800-477-4437




Spaw


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Mar 17 - 01:58 PM

Can any guitarists recommend the Mouradian family shop in Massachusetts?


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 12 Mar 17 - 02:54 PM

I believe Mandolin Brothers has now closed down.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Favorite North American Guitar Shops
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 12:42 AM

The Fifth String, Sacramento, California. Renowned for evening instrumental jams. Note that the emphasis is not necessarily on 6-stringed instruments, but they do have a good selection of guitars. Note, however, that I am not an instrumentalist, so what the heck do I know? I know it's a nice shop with a good selection of instruments for sale, and they're knowledgeable people, and they're not Guitar Center.
-Joe-


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