Which shop in your neighborhood....

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  1. dave251

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    Is the more "forward" thinking? Which one is willing to try something "new"? Thinking about doing a cross country tour sometime this fall or early winter.....
     
  2. elkym

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    only one real "shop" in my neighborhood, but I like it. Great Salt Lake Guitar Co., on Center Street in Provo, UT.
     
  3. AlanB

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    Guitar Ressurection, Austin Texas. They carry the best of the best and have been around since the '70s. These guys have the best ears when it comes to tone and are always trying out new stuff. Check 'em out.

    Thanks!
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    my gear site: homepage.mac.com/myguitars/
     
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    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon

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    Action Music, Arlington VA
     
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    Guitar Center of course :D

    all kidding aside, in the San Francisco area, my favorite is probably Gryphon, about 60 miles South of SF in Palo Alto.
    Gelb in Redwood City is worth a try too.

    Both have a low pressure, high quality approach, and don't mind stocking some higher end equipment.
     
  7. zombywoof

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    Kansas Guitar Exchange in Topeka. Just a little place (used to be a drive through burger joint where, as rumor as it, Tommy Dorsey once stopped to eat). The owner actually did a stint playing with Tiny Tim. Eclectic selection to say the least but it is nice walking into a store where you can play a PRS and then maybe an old Airline though a Matchless followed by a Magnatone.
     
  8. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

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    If you don't mind an acoustic focus, there's The Podium in Minneapolis. Fabulous selection of high-end acoustic guitars... Taylors and Martins are their mid-grade.
     
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    Tone Merchants in Orange, CA. (Near Disneyland if you need a landmark).
    Noel is the manager there--very cool guy, a great player and super fair. Plus, they have a performance area if you want to demo your gear at gig volumes.
     
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    I second Tone Merchants... Great line up of gear and three different rooms to demo them in... The main showroom, the "closet" (which is actually the size of a bedroom in a modest home), and the stage room...
     
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    +1 Another vote for Tone Merchants... Noel is absolutely the best!
    Also L.A. Sound Design, David Phillips and Martin are amazing at their craft.
    Very cool guys....
     
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    Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz, CA.
     
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    i like capsule in toronto. not sure if theyre back asswards or chaps forwards
     
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    In Tucson my favorite is Rainbow Guitars. They have some cool amps to choose from, Fuchs, Carr, Bogner, Bad Cat as well as a good selection of nice Fenders and Marshalls.

    They also have a nice selection of boutique pedals.

    For guitars they are not as adventurous, but they do have a good selection of Gibsons, PRSi, Fenders, and Gretches for electrics. Then there are Martins, Taylors, and Collings for acoustics.

    Guitar Etc. is probably the second most interesting. Anderson has them listed as a dealer, but I haven't been by in a while to check their stock.

    In the Phoenix area Cave Creek Guitar is a cool place to visit and its a cool town as well.

    And if you go through Memphis, check out Martin Music.

    :)
     
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    A Sharp Music in Renton Washington to meet great people and play great gear.

    Emerald City Guitars in Seattle for the old stuff and more great people/gear.

    Check both out on line first.
     
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    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    Although it's not in my "neighborhood" I try to get by Fat Sound in Cary NC at least a few times a year.. Great guys great stuff.
     
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    tdarian Gold Supporting Member

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    Go Go Guitars in Long Beach, CA might be worth a look too.
     
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    Atomic Music, Beltsville, MD. Wild selection that is all used and always changing.
     
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    martyncrew Gold Supporting Member

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    I would agree, although Palo Alto is only 30 miles from SF.

    If you keep heading south down Hwy 101 to Hwy 85 to Hwy 17, Guitar Showcase in Campbell and Keith Holland in Los Gatos are also very good. Guitar Showcase has all the traditional brands and a spectacular collection of vintage guitars, Keith Holland has some more forward thinking choices e.g. Reverend plus his own custom stuff
     
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    +2 on Action Music in Arlington, VA. Good guys, and some very interesting pieces of gear.
     

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