What is the best guitar shop you've ever been to selection-wise?

Makroman

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I haven't been to a lot of them but Columbus was the best in my area.
 

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I went to Replay Guitar Exchange outside of Tampa--they have a pretty good in-stock selection. Never been to CME but the pictures seem to be impressive. I've also been to Carter's Vintage in Nashville--decent amount too.
 

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Well, if you’re stuck in Montana, Music villa in bozangeles has a pretty good selection. Their luthier that I left some guitars with, left a lot to be desired.
 

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Chuck levins and I think it was Veniman music, they had some incredible guitars in the 80s. Damn I miss going to them

V sold to GC and chucks is still around
Hell yes! To both.

I used to go into Southworth Guitars in Bethesda all the time. Rack after rack of vintage Firebirds and SGs and Melody Makers and Juniors and Specials and ESs, blond and red tolex JMP Marshalls, piggy back Fender amps. :shock:

Atomic Music in Beltsville is owned by old friends of mine. Last time I was there 9-10 years ago (I am embarrassed to say) they had rows and rows of used guitars. 25 Epiphone Casinos all priced at $299 and they would sell for less, funky old non-sexy (but probably incredible sounding) amps, MIJ LPs, every kind of Ibanez you can imagine.

The Guitar Exchange and Bill's Music in Catonsville, MD were great back in 80's and 90's, too.
 

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Manny's in NYC back in the day and Sam Ash (across the street). Not only was the selection unreal, the guys playing the guitars could play. I was seriously intimidated about demo-ing guitars in those shops. Now, I don't GAF about what people think of my playing. I like it.
 

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Probably Chicago Music Exchange or Dave's. I've never bought a guitar from either one (actually 1 used strat from Dave's off Reverb back in the day), but the selection was large. A friend of mine owns Cream City Music in Milwaukee. Has a nice selection as well.
Cream City is an absolute gem, I'd go once or twice a month when I was still living in Wisconsin.
 

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"Norman's Rare Guitars", and "California Vintage Guitars". Both in Los Angeles..
 

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Buck Dancer's Choice in Portland, ME has a sh*t ton of pedals in stock... I was just in there. I'm not a pedal guy but I thought they had lot of them.

As for guitar selection, it gets pretty lean once you get outside of the Gibson and Fender dealers.
 

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Probably Chicago Music Exchange or Dave's. I've never bought a guitar from either one (actually 1 used strat from Dave's off Reverb back in the day), but the selection was large. A friend of mine owns Cream City Music in Milwaukee. Has a nice selection as well.
another vote for Dave's in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. lots of inventory.
 

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here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, there is Willie's American Guitars in St.Paul. he has a lot of vintage stock.
 

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Jimmy Wallace guitars here in Dallas. Great selection of vintage guitars.
 

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Manny's was incredible. I remember sitting in their in the late 80s and playing one vintage Strat after another for probably two hours straight.
 

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Dave's for the extent of his selection and Willies for the fact that so much of what they have is just so cool.

Now that I'm an old fart they treat me better at Willies too. 25 years ago they watched me with skepticism.
 

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Tom Lee's Music in Vancouver, BC.
When I was there years ago, they had a ton of vintage gear that I would never have gotten to play, or maybe even see in person, if I hadn't gone in.
I couldn't afford anything except a couple pedals and a cool t-shirt, but it was pretty cool nonetheless.
 

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Carter Vintage in Nashville by FAR! Been going to shops for 30 years and Carter had ultra rare stuff I didn't even know existed and TON'S of LP's.

If you take out acoustic guitars, it makes Gruhn look like a pawn shop. They have plenty of acoutics though, but overall more everything than anyone, and the staff was much better to deal with.

Nashville is an amazing guitar town; Carter, Rumble Seat, Gruhn, Eastside Music, on and on.......
 
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My favorites are Elderly Instruments in Lansing MI and Willcutt Guitars in Lexington.

I like Sweetwater too, and I've given them a LOT of money in the past year, but they don't have the old school vibe that I like.
The first time I walked into Elderly about 7 or 8 years ago, it reminded me of what I felt like when I'd walk into music stores when I was a kid.
Bought my R6 at Elderly. :cheers2:
 

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Dave's for the extent of his selection and Willies for the fact that so much of what they have is just so cool.

Now that I'm an old fart they treat me better at Willies too. 25 years ago they watched me with skepticism.
we'll have to meet at Willie's sometime. I enjoy going to that place.
 

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I have to shop in Charlotte NC unless online. The Guitar Center and Sam Ash are both good. Ten years ago they were both very good.
 


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