DC Area Guitar Shops

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  1. cfdude

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    Hey DC area Gearpagers. Where are the best shops in the DC area? I'm specifically looking more for amps than guitars. Thanks.
     
  2. jazzandmetal?

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    Near DC, there is Washington Music. They carry a bunch of amps: Koch, Diezel, Bogner, Carr, Fuhs, 65....a lot of stuff. I was way more impressed with their amp selection than their guitar collection. Also about 5 minutes down the road is the Rockville GC which has a ton of gear as well. They also carry Soldano and VHT. It is one of the nicer GCs I have been to.
     
  3. Probos

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    Well, my favorite shop is Action Music in Arlington, VA right outside the city. Good mix of quality guitars, amps and pedals. Matt Baker is the owner and is top notch when it comes to knowledge and customer service. I take all my guitars to Action when they need some TLC. Great, great shop -- www.actionguitar.com

    Other shops to check out aside from the typical GC's:

    Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center -- Wheaton, MD
    Melodee Music -- Leesburg and Sterling, VA
    Atomic Music -- Beltsville and Rockville, MD


     
  4. jazzandmetal?

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    Hey probos, I am going up there on thursday. I will only have time for one or 2 shops. I am going to Rockville GC and I would like to visit Atomic on your recommendation. What do they carry electric guitar wise?
     
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    Victor litz is pretty good too in gaithersburg.
    Southworth has a lot of vintage stuff.
     
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    Matt has good mix of old and new Gibsons and Fenders and some other makers. A real nice shop, probably my fav.
     
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    Atomic is one of the more unique shops in the area -- everything they carry is used/second hand. Lots and lots of stuff. Some good, some not so good,..haha. Regardless, it's always a fun shop to visit.
     
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    Action is the best...lots of good boutique stuff and a knowledgeable staff.

    Chuck Levins is legendary, but a bit less personable.

    South of town about 25 miles or so, is Waldorf, Maryland and Hot Licks Guitar Shop, a locally owned, big store which has been the Atlantic Fender Dealer of the year a couple of years in a row. Very personable and will beat any price locally or nationally.
     
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    If you go to Chuck Levin's, ask from Brian or Paul...
     
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    I could not disagree more. I've been a Chuck Levin's customer since the late 70s/early 80s

    Brian at Chuck Levins is perhaps the most knowledgeable salesman I've ever encountered- he's a player who knows his stuff and provides great customer service. He's been my knowledge base on guitars & amps for about 13 years now. I have yet to find another music store that has salespeople as knowledgeable- I'm sure they are out there- I just haven't encountered them.
     
  11. Guitar Josh

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    0/2 here. Southworth no longer has a storefront and VL is the worst music store in the known universe. Tony is a scam artist, he's resorted to listing his items on CL disguised as a private seller. He's even got a new number so when you dial no one gives the store greeting. Pretty shady. I guess whatever you can do to get people to buy the garbage in his store.
     
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    No intention to cast a bad light on the guys at Chucks, I know Brian personally as well, and he is a very knowledgeable guy, but my opinion of the store in general is that they do a Booming Business and the shear volume of folks through the doors demands they are moving fast and keeping up with the volume. I am sure if you hit the store during any slow periods (never found one yet in my 17 years living in the area) they would be just a personable.

    However, with Action, it's a very small store, they deal primarily in boutique and vintage stuff (not as much large scale dealer inventory) and the stream of people is sporadic. The personal attention that you get from Matt and his staff there is much more "Mom and Pop" like than at Chucks.
     
  13. littlejohn

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    Yea, Levins is a good bet and Action cool gear. all the ones listed, never cared for Victors either, my faves Veneman's and Zavarella's are long gone, I grew up near Zavs...I agree on the small shop thing..the whole deal with Chucks, GC, etc...when you leave you have get you ticket stamped, or whatever...I never got that type of feeling at Venemans or Zavs, like you were gonna steal something, "stop that man!" Kinda a sad statement on humanity, such as it is.
     
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    LOL, I guess I don't get out much.
    I miss Veneman's in Springfield.
     
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    The Rockville GC (at the site of the old Veneman's) is a flagship store and full of great stuff, including a very nice PRS and vintage collection.
     
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    I still remember getting up at the crack of dawn to go down to the rockville store for their annual may day sale. I was pretty stoked one time when I scored an ampeg SS 140c head for $150. It had a cracked cab though. They said UPS did it. LOL, that was like 20 years ago.
     
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    It's a bit out of the way for you, but I have had great luck and dealings with RMC (Reisterstown Music Center) in Maryland. It's a small shop, but the owner is a great guy who tries to carry good gear and gives good deals to GP members. Check 'em out...
    http://www.reisterstownmusic.com/
     
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    +100

    Mark is a great guy and really takes care of TGP members.
     
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    Before Jimi was experienced and Roy was still cutting hair, bought a brand new Vibrolux from Levin's for around $200. Won a DC 101 radio contest and got a $20 gift certificate from Venemans in Springfield. There was a great strip club right next door. I probably gave the pedal to one of the dancers.

    jb
     
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    Dauphine's Steak House. Closed it's doors just a little while back after being there for at least 25 years. The neighborhood deemed it "inappropriate" for the community. So, what took it's place you ask??? Why an even better club called Paper Moon which is much along the lines of the Crystal City Restaurant! Real, live porn stars working week long engagements! :banana

    Turns out that there was a grandfather clause in the leasing agreement that an adult entertainment establishment would be allowed to continue conducting business. Completely legal and not a thing the county or the town of Springfield can do about it. Oooooooooops!

    BTW - count me among the many friends of Action Music. Matt and I have been friends for over 10 years and I gladly hand over my cash when he's got something of interest to me. When I'm not shopping there, it's Chuck's all the way. The one place I miss more than anything is Zavarella's Music in Crystal City. I've known the Zavarella family since I was 12 years old and Phil was a mere punk of 20. Anyone else remember the old Giant Sound Center on Broad St. in Falls Church?? Another great place back in the day.
     

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