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#378078 - 11/19/02 09:07 AM mom and pop shops  
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i love to brouse for guitars, so what are some of your favorite mom and pop stores?
here's mine:

basically looking for places to find hidden gems.
keep pickin'

#378079 - 11/19/02 11:02 AM Re: mom and pop shops  
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The best place in Chicago is the Different Strummer at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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#378080 - 11/19/02 02:16 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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Quite possibly the best place in Southern Cal to find ONLY acoustic instruments is McCabe's Guitars. http://www.mccabesguitar.com/

You won't find Martins or Taylors, but you'll find Collings, Breedlove, Godin, McCollum and Larivee, for example.

They also have banjo, dulcimer, dobro and bagpipe instuctors!

You can find used gems as well as boutique guitars and custom guitars there. You can get lost for an afternoon...and they give you a free "purloined from McCabes" pick. [Linked Image]


#378081 - 11/20/02 02:08 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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I really like this mom and pop guitar store just outside Sacramento, CA. I'm thinking about using them for a custom job eventually.

It's called Son Father guitars www.sonfatherguitars.com

miles maxwell
#378082 - 11/20/02 08:24 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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I teach guitar at a mom and pop shop outside of Nashville. It's called the Guitar Man. Bob, the pop, repairs acoustics, electrics, amps, saxes, recorders, just about anything. He specializes in Fenders and has lots of old parts. Ellen, the mom, keeps the books and deals with the customers. Butch, the kid, is the "gopher" and janitor.

They sell a lot of old cheap to midrange guitars. Last year I bought a '68 Yamaha FG150 from them...it rings like a bell. They've got me teaching in the back room with just enough room to turn around in. I always have at least ten students a week, though, and they handle all the scheduling.

I prefer mom and pop shops.

I also like the "Different Strummer", I used to teach at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and remember when the store was called the Old Town Folklore Center. I used to live in the apartment above it.

Mike Dunbar Music

You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way. -Johnny Cash

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#378083 - 11/21/02 01:02 AM Re: mom and pop shops  
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thanks for the links y'all,
larry, i absolutely love collings guitars. i've only played one, but it would blow any taylor away. very nice. little out of my price range, but very nice.
keep 'em comin' y'all

#378084 - 11/21/02 05:05 AM Re: mom and pop shops  
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Yeah, Collings start at around $2500 and go up to $6500 or so...ouch!


#378085 - 11/24/02 11:47 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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In Northampton Mass the local store is Downtown Sounds.

Great folks, good advice and good gear.

Probably the only disadvantage to Mom and Pop stores is they just can't offer the same pricing as the big boys since they're not doing the same kind of volume with the manufacturers. A good store is usually willing to try to come close in price and then make the extra level of service worth the difference.

One of the things I hate about Guitar Center and Sam Ash is going in and seeing all these beautiful looking guitars on the wall, then going to try one out and it isn't set up properly to give it a fair test!

Marty Helly

Tnias - rock n roll with an acoustic heart and a bass ackwards soul!

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#378086 - 11/25/02 10:28 AM Re: mom and pop shops  
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Yeah! And how about the shops that don't tune the guitars to standard tuning so the action appears easier than it really is.


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#378087 - 11/27/02 05:40 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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I'll admit to goint to a Guitar Center kind of place for string deals. They're hard to beat because they can deal in volume, but they are dreadful places to support. That's why I've always tried to channel my business towards Mom and Pop shops. I've been going to Grayson's Tunetown for years, they're in Montrose, Ca. The two brothers' and their dad have been at it for some thirty years and will always go the extra mile for your complete satisfaction. Friendly staff of young fellows that offer really competitive prices as well.

My two cents, Tj

TJ Sullivan
#378088 - 12/01/02 05:17 PM Re: mom and pop shops  
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Just picked up a Burns' Steer guitar from Truetone Music in Santa Monica yesterday, and I 've gotta say if any of you pickers out there in the greater LA area have a chance to drop by this shop. DO IT! It's a great guitar store located at 714 Santa Monica Blvd. They have a wonderful selection of old and new instruments. They have a very esoteric collection in their inventory. The Staff is great. Very well experienced, courteous, (YES they are nice guys and gals) and go the extra mile to make sure you are satisfied. A great breath of fresh air in the corporate world. Their prices are as good as it gets on the left coast. KUDOS to Truetone Music!
Regards, Tj

PS they cater to both electric and acoustic players with a complete service department of competent repair people.

TJ Sullivan

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