Guitar store in LA with good selection of pedals?

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  1. lareplus

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    Going to be there in March, might be fun to cruise through. Mainly going to be in Anaheim, Pasadena, etc. rather than the central city. . .

    I like looking at vintage gear too. .
     
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    It's on the Westside, and will most definitely be a pain to get to from Anaheim or Pasadena, but how about True-Tone in Santa Monica - pretty good selection, if I remember correctly. Does anybody know if Analogue Haven still operatie a store-front in Pomona ?
     
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    I think it's still there but has a new name. I loved that joint
     
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    Last time I was at Westwood Music Center they had the whole Empress line.

    http://www.westwoodmusic.com/

    Plus they have some badass guitars and the staff is really friendly.
     
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    +1 on Truetone in Santa Monica. They probably have the best selection of pedals in the area.
     
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    Yep, Truetone, has the best pedal selection in LA, although; a little hard to hear a pedal's subtleties, unless you can audition one in an amp room.
     
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    There is a store in San Pedro called Alva's that has a lot of unique pedals.
     
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    The Amp Shop/ Bass Exchange on Ventura Blvd
     
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    Tone Merchants in north hollywood has giant pedalboards filled with boutique pedals to try out.
     
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    you might wanna go to the LA city anyway... for this is my hometown..

    1-McCabes on Pico Blvd. full of vintage gear used/refurbished plus lots of wierd stuff you'l never see anywhere else... (close to the coast..rather more on the west part of the st.) very big store full of surprises..

    2-Sunset Blvd- tons and tond of small boutique shops, major retailers of new/used, pawnshops and small time vendors, a true gearhead haven!
    the main concentration is from Fairfax ave. and east...

    2-there are many more but this is a good start,,

    there must be more stuff more inward (not the city of la itself..) but i can give my .02$ from my experience...
     
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    I heard that Future Music on Sunset has moved to Highland Park - they had some cool vintage stuff. Highland Park is pretty close to Pasadena. Black Market on La Cienega is long gone right?
     
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    Harbor Music in Redondo Beach has a lot of pedals, and Scott, the proprietor offers super service. He's happy to plug in anything and can intelligently discuss the similarities and differences of lots of pedals.

    http://harbormusic.net/about-us.aspx

    Plus almost across the street is El Burrito Jr. which has some phenomenal and reasonably priced Mexican food. Another two blocks west, you can visit the mighty Pacific Ocean. So if you get this far south, and you should, it's less crowded, and very pleasant, check it out!
     
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    ^^^

    +1. Harbor is great.... now I'm homesick for El BJ's !!!

    Alva's in San Pedro has some great stuff too.... they are also a Boogie dealer.
     
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    Given the areas you'll be visiting, your closes stores will be Harbor Music in Long Beach and Tone Merchants in Burbank. Harbor Music is good, but I don't remember their pedal selection being gigantic. Tone Merchants has a more extensive collection. But if you can make it out to Truetone in Santa Monica, you'll find the most expansive selection. That's going to be your best bet. Westwood Music also has some nice stuff as does the Amp/Bass Exchange. There are a lot of guitar dens here in LA; it's a great city for gear enthusiasts.
     
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    Mesa Boogie in Hollywood has some boutique stuff.
     
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    +1 on all of the above!
     
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    +1

    Tons of amazing pedals here...they have a lot of them on pedalboards, so you can try literally a hundred pedals in a half an hour or so and A/B them with your amp or a similar one. I walked out of there with a Tonefreak Abunai2 and Severe.
     
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    I've never heard of Harbor Music. Thanks, I'll have to check it out.
     
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    They have expanded the store and now it's the nicest shop I've been in.
     
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    The Bass Exchange in Sherman Oaks has some decent pedals. And you can try to call and get an appointment with Big City Music which has a lot of esoteric pedals and gear. Analogue Haven is still around, but no store front. Noisebug took the space, decent selection, but quite a drive. I haven't been there, but there's a store that opened up in Long Beach called Dawn of the Shred. Most the stores that were cool around Guitar Center in Hollywood closed up or moved. Futuremusic is cool, but not as cool as it used to be.

    Truetone might be your best bet for a decent selection. They just expended a few months ago, I think about twice as big as they used to be.
     

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