Best music store in Jacksonville, FL?

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  1. sameoldblues

    sameoldblues Supporting Member

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    Hey, all,

    Going to Jacksonville to visit a friend today and I'm gonna have to kill a little time. What's the best music store in the area? I'm not talking about Guitar Center or any other retail chain...somewhere with nice/funky used gear or a place with some nice boutique amps, maybe?

    Thanks so much.
     
  2. yucatown

    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Don's Music was the greatest vintage shop of all time. You could walk in there and at any time you'd find vintage fenders, gibsons, gretsches, etc at local Jacksonville prices. I bought several guitars and amps there over the years, that I would have never been able to afford anywhere else. Unfortunately, Don decided to retire this year and his inventory has been dwindling. I think he's still open a few days of the week, so it may still be worth a shot paying him a visit. Down the street from Don's is Discount Music, which doesn't have a whole lot of vintage gear, but if you go during the day you might see local guitar tech Buddy Scott and strike a conversation with him. Buddy works there and is an awesome resource who may be able to direct you places. I think Chip's Music also carries some vintage pieces. Other than that, there's sadly not a whole lot more in the area. If you really want boutique, you'd have to drive to Tallahassee to Andy's Music.
     
  3. Marshall Man

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    Yeah, to bad. When I was stationed there in the 80's and 90's they had a bunch of great stores that have sadly gone away. Buddy works for Discount on Blanding? He has been with Don for years, they must have had a falling out or something or he would probably take over the place I would think!
     
  4. yucatown

    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, man. Buddy left Don's when Don announced his retirement. Buddy has built a nice workshop at Discount and does phenomenal work there. I really miss Don's, though. There's a lot of vintage gear lying around Jax attics from the glory days of southern rock, and a lot of it would find its way to Don's. But the last time I was there several months ago, the walls were at least 60% empty.
     

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