guitars stores you have to visit before you die

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  1. Hatfield92

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    I’ve been to Carter’s a couple of times. I hope I can get back there again someday. Does anyone know of anything close to that here in FL?

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    I got a real kick out of playing a Rick previously owned by one of my heroes, Steve Earle.
     
  2. Mike Eskimo

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    ^^^ very sweet guitar

    That’s always where I play Rics on the neck - 5th fret up. My fingers wrap around twice down by the nut !
     
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    I have been to Elderly's, Eddie's Guitars, and Carter Vintage Guitars and they were all awesome!

    I live in Seattle and my favorite stores here are Emerald City Music, Dusty Strings, and The Guitar Store.

    I would like to visit:
    • Chicago Music Exchange
    • Wildwood Guitars
    • Willcutt Guitars
    • The Music Emporium
    • Anderton's
    • Humbucker Music
    • Righteous Guitars
    I'm not sure if Sweetwater has a showroom but I like doing business with them too.
     
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    Anyone thinking of visiting Anderton’s should really visit here instead;

    https://guitarvillage.co.uk/

    It’s a much cooler shop 10 minutes away.

    Cheers

    Roy
     
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    I wish I had visited Manny's back in the day. Lots of history.
     
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    Sweetwater does have a showroom. it's not the biggest ever, but it's a really cool place. They have an overlook of the warehouse (it's insane!). you can get a tour of the studios, the auditorium and everything too. Definitely worth checking out if you're in northern Indiana for some reason :)
     
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    I'm more keen on flea markets, op and pawn shops than vintage shops as I'm fond of scoring deals. This store tho is worth a visit IMB as Bill is a real gem and a hoot.

     
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    What a timely thread for me! I’m actually going to visit CME this Sunday. My son lives in Chicago, and we’re gonna hang out for Father’s Day. He asked what I wanted to do, and I told him I wanted to check it out. I bought a CME exclusive olive player Tele a few months back via the website. Probably pick up a T-shirt, for sure.
     
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    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    Ray's Music Exchange.

     
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    Matt at CME and Curt at HOG have always treated me well. I’ve been to both places and I could play any guitar I wanted as long as I wanted. Matt at CME in fact set me up with a burst, a genuine 1960 LP, that I played in a private room for about 30 minutes. That alone was worth the trip
     
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    Back in the day Elderly and Mandolin Bros. as well as the others already mentioned.
     
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    No real desire to go to any of the iconic stores but I would stop in if I was there.

    Maybe not world renown but growing up I was within driving distance of the old Fly By Night music store in Neosho Missouri that handled a lot of vintage gear. Some was great, some was junk. But still a neat place to stop in from time to time.

    There was a store in Independence, Ks called Musical Overtures that was a 2 floor store and probably the largest music store I've ever been in. They severely downsized in the mid 90s but that old store was a cool stop. I spent a lot of money with them before they closed up for good.
     
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    Thass exackly what I was going to say.
     
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    Did a lot of business at West Allis (WI) Music, and later with Ralph Hanzel in New Berlin, WI back in the "70's
     
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    Been to CME three times and have been treated royally all three, including this past Saturday. Went in to play a $3,000 Baker B 3 Phoenix and didn't care for the high frets, but almost walked out with a $500 Guild 12 string. Remarkable place.
     
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    Amid all this talk of defunct music stores...

    There was a store in Huntington, WV, called the Pied Piper. At one time, they had three or four other locations, but the Huntington store was home base. I worked there briefly in ‘97, in shipping and receiving. Among other things, I had to fill the stock requests from the other stores.

    Anyway, this store had some really cool old guitars behind glass. Pity. I never even got to touch them. The display included probably half a dozen varieties of the 60s Gibson Firebird. I think that, in retrospect, was the genesis of my Firebird obsession.

    TDPRI: come for the Tele talk, stay for the epiphanies.
     
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    Subway Guitars in Berkeley, CA is on my list.

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    Woodsys'? That's a nice shop. I bought my 000-28 there.

    I've been to Gruhn's, Chicago Music Exchange and Elderly. I got t-shirts from the first two and another Martin from Elderly. All are definitely worth the time if you are nearby and even if you are not.
     
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