Going To San Diego Tomorrow Guitar Shops, Bands, Sights?

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  1. Evitucci

    Evitucci Member

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    I am going to San Diego tomorrow thur Sunday what guitar shops should I check out, any sights or good local bands to check out. I will be staying near the Gas Lamp area.

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  2. ChazMania

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    I'm in North County (35ish miles north of downtown) and can't assist with any of your requests.....unless you want breweries- then I have recommendations for you.
     
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    "PM"'d ... check conversations.
     
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    The Taylor factory tour is always fun.
     
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    Taylor factor is in San Diego I didn't know that... Oh boy the wife is going to love that! HA Thanks everyone I am working half day today down town then will be free until sunday!
     
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    Guitar shops, nothing remotely close worth going to, except as mentioned Taylor factory, which oddly I've never done. Closest worthwhile shops are in Riverside (Wildwest) or Santa Monica and Hollywood....all would be a major haul and likely not worth the effort. Patrick's pub/dive bar in San Diego Gaslamp district on "F" Street can have pretty good blues, blues-like bands playing....worth checking out. It's a harmless place, though can look shoddy to some folk. Outside of that, hang in Gaslamp at night, about 3 blocks of shopping, eating, drinking, etc. I go often.

    PS Another thing you could consider, Amtrak Train, leaves from just outside Gaslamp area to north...some nice views of Pacific, etc.
     
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    The Carvin factory is in SD as well.
     
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    Jiffy_Jeff Playin Tunes and Having Fun! Silver Supporting Member

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    You can go to Freedom Guitar and check out the kinda cool pieces and silly high prices. They have had some really cool vintage pieces in there before.
    He is proud of his stuff.

    GC has changed. They busted out a wall and took over the space next door and looks like they doubled in size. But still, it is GC.

    Moze guitar was cool, not sure if it is still open.

    Want to meet some real characters? Find some cool gear on Craigslist and ask to stop by their house.

    The Shout House is awesome. A dueling piano bar located in the Gaslamp downtown. So is Brian's 24hr for breakfast.
     
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    San Diego has nothing spectacular for music stores. I have no clue what to recommend for live music to see. Get a Reader and look in the live music section, Reader is the free magazine available almost everywhere. The only really worthwhile thing to do here is eat Mexican food and sleep.
    :munch
    Lots of breweries downtown, north park, university heights and city heights.
    A trip to point loma is worth the time, and sunset cliffs.
     
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    Carvin is sorta of fun - Taylor is fun. Blue guitar in Mission Gorge is fun
    to talk to Yuris and Steve (if Steve is still there...). Yuris is an old
    spanish communist/anarchist who I love dearly - tell em Nate sent you. LOL!
    Moze Guitars out by SDSU is fun - some vintage - serious San Diego History.
    If you go ask Moze ask if he (Moze himself) remembers 'The Bone' - a Les Paul guitar built at
    American Dream when he worked there - which was built for Jack Sherman (Red Hot Chili
    Peppers for a bit) by Bob Huff and painted by Bob Taylor (yes that Taylor!). I own it currently if
    he wants to know and it's #2 - don't know where #1 is off too. And no I won't sell it for any
    reason - well unless there are $200,000 reasons. Ha Ha!

    Andy's Guitar Shop on Adams Ave is trips and fun.
    Moonlight Music in Encinitas - just check it out - don't engage the owner. LOL!

    Mark's Guitar Exchange on Midway is a bit like the anti Guitar Center.

    Top Gear in La Mesa is okay - small shop with some cool stuff occasionally.

    Freedom Guitar - All I will say is that I had guitars stolen from me
    and I broadcasted throughout San Diego and they turned up there.
    I would avoid it. Dewey and his brother are not to be trusted IMHO.

    Craiglist and the 'Reader' are the places to look and see vintage gear.

    Don't know if the Blue Parrot is open still - it's in Encinitas - it's a bar
    where Joe Walsh used to come into unannounced and sit in.
     
  12. ChazMania

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    I wondered what happened to that place- did Brian sell it to the new owner who then moved it?
     
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    As far as I know Brian is still affiliated with SuperSound, but I believe his focus is with SIB pedals.
    One might catch him there on the weekends. Still a laid back atmosphere where you can play and learn something new.
     

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