Good guitar shops i Chicago

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  1. Rocket Brother

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    Hi Guys
    I'm in Chicago untill 2nd of April, and need a bit of advice on where to go for good guitar shops. Also I'm traveling with a sax player who is looking for good shops for him - so if you guys know of any please list them as well.
    Thanks RB
     
  2. Rocket Brother

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    I'll be playing the blues tonight if nobody can help me.....on tee spoons that is :D
     
  3. Magnatone1960

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    If you're talking about guitar repair/service this place has a good reputation from what I've heard. Never used them myself though. If you're looking to buy at a place other than GC maybe ask them for a recommendation.

    http://www.thirdcoastguitar.com/
     
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    Where in Chicago are you? What are you looking for...used, high-end stuff, repair, browsing?
     
  6. Dukevette

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    If all else fails, use the yellow pages!
     
  7. Rocket Brother

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    I'm staying at the Marriott Downtown, just by the Magnificent Mile, I'm looking for High end stuff and just good stuff in general.
     
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    I agree with MuseCafeChris,
    Those are the top bananas for high end gear!
     
  9. MuseCafeChris

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    I'd invite OP over to Playboy HQ for a tour but there's a huge remodeling project going on right now. Nothing to see here LOL!
     
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    What's happenin' at the old Playboy HQ?
    I'm sure those walls have some stories to tell!
    I thought Playboy had moved on long ago.

    btw...DO NOT go to Chicago without going to MakenMusic. You'll regret it.

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  11. MuseCafeChris

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    Hef bugged out to Cali decades ago. Corporate offices are still here.
     
  12. Lopp

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    +1
    At least with respect to one of their locations in a corner of the Halsted Guitar Center. Steve was the tech there and was pretty cool and knowledgeable. He left about a week ago to open his own shop. Don't know about the current guy.

    +1
    Lots of cool vintage stuff along with some newer gear.

    If you have a car, you might also want to check out:
    http://www.mwbuynsell.net/

    They have a decent selection of used gear at great prices. I once picked up a used Mesa Mark IV. While there, I also noticed a used Roland electronic drum kit. Not only did they give me a great deal on the kit., but they even knocked a few extra bucks off the price AFTER I agreed to buy it and then they gave me some free drum sticks (probably because I traded some good gear for the Mark IV).
     
  13. Rocket Brother

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    Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated.
    Went to Chicago musical exchange yesterday, and will visit Makenmusic today or tomorrow.
    CME was definately worth a visit, lots of vintage pieces and a beautifull room - I did find them a bit on the expensive side, but they don't know me so maybe I was offered turist pricing???
     
  14. Lopp

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    Yeah. Chicago Music Exchange does have a great selection, but they are expensive, so i don't do there often. Although, they did drop the price on a Charvel EVH to compete with a price quote from Guitar Center.
     
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    A couple of years ago, I was in Chicago Music Exchange when Jeff Tweedy was going through all the early 60's Les Paul/SG Jrs they had in stock. I'm fairly certain he was getting quoted the same prices as I saw on their site.

    That being said, the customer service there has never been anything to write home about. The staff can be a little stand-offish, unless of course you’re in Wilco.

    It's a big shop in an expensive neighborhood with lots of pricey inventory, so lots of overhead. For me, it’s kind of like the vintage room in Guitar Center Hollywood. More of a museum/collectors gallery than a guitar shop.

    Have fun a Make n Music. Those demo rooms are a great resource.
     
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    Good choice.
    I was there in May of last year, in town on business.
    Called around, even a couple of competitors told me it was the place to go.

    Smaller than I expected, and not easy to find without good directions.
     

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