#1
well the title says it all does any1 know the biggest guitar store in the UK?
#2
One of the PMT superstores, or GAK. GAK is pretty small though, I went ther and its smaller than even a small branch of PMT.

Look on the PMT website for their larger stores.

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#3
yeah i went to GAK (being left handed its a pain) and was like is this it????
#4
Reverb? They have 3 large stores, maybe other smaller ones.
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#6
Andertons is the biggest in terms of on-the-floor stock, I have found. A few other stores may be physically larger in terms of space, but Andertons have more on the shelves and their warehouse is just a couple of minutes away and if you go in on a quiet day they'll fetch anything you want from their warehouse, takes them about ten minutes if that.
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#7
PMT is massive, even the head office, which is not one of their largest stores, was much larger than GAK.

And if you phone up beforehand, they ll order any amp or guitar owned by the chain to be moved to your local branch, so you can try it out, with no charge, its really quite good.

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Quote by EndTheRapture51
PMT is massive, even the head office, which is not one of their largest stores, was much larger than GAK.

And if you phone up beforehand, they ll order any amp or guitar owned by the chain to be moved to your local branch, so you can try it out, with no charge, its really quite good.


do they have any near worthing (thats near brighton)
#9
GAK is like Dr Who's TARDIS. Its so crammed with guitars. Stupid me went when I was skint. Things will be different next time... Seriously I didn't want to leave.
#10
the internet?

lol

Idk since i live in the us but i thouyght guitar center was pretty big over there
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the internet?

lol

Idk since i live in the us but i thouyght guitar center was pretty big over there

I don't even think we have it.
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#12
PMT and Dawson`s

http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/contact.asp

http://www.dawsons.co.uk/acatalog/Contact_Us.html

doesn`t look like anything is close to brighton pmt have a couple in essex though so you could always do a roadtrip.

a note about pmt though they are probably the biggest chain in the uk, but i`ve been in their stores on a few occasions and none of the guitars are setup, you can pull any guitar off the wall therefore chances are someone else has had their grimy mitts all over it, and the sales guys generally don`t know sh*t about guitars, i will never buy a guitar from them but will buy amps and fx from them.

just because a chain is the biggest doesn`t mean your going to get the best deal.

i know it`s too far for you but imo the best guitar store in all aspects of buying from is sounds great http://www.soundsgreatmusic.com/default.asp ,outstanding customer service, they know more about their product line than anyone else i`ve had contact with, the tech 'Gaz' is the only other person who is allowed to setup my guitars `cos he`s great at tech stuff, and they remember you everytime you visit and know your rig better than you.
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#13
the biggest guitar store in england is guitarguitar

they base that on number of guitars aswell as the fact they dont sell other instruments or equipment just guitars and amps so shops like gak may be bigger but aot of that space sis taken up by other things

the shop is based in newcastle although i belive one of the ones in scotland is a similar size
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Quote by steve!
the biggest guitar store in england is guitarguitar

they base that on number of guitars aswell as the fact they dont sell other instruments or equipment just guitars and amps so shops like gak may be bigger but aot of that space sis taken up by other things

the shop is based in newcastle although i belive one of the ones in scotland is a similar size

There's a pretty big one here in Glasgow, but I don't know if it's any bigger than the Edinburgh one.

And they do basses and like 3 mandolins, by the way. As well as pedals of all sorts, and pickups.
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#15
Denmark Street in London is lined with nothing but guitar stores and instrument stores in general.

Theres loads there, but the catch is that the prices can be high and the staff are sometimes bastards.
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Quote by TheBurningFish
There's a pretty big one here in Glasgow, but I don't know if it's any bigger than the Edinburgh one.

And they do basses and like 3 mandolins, by the way. As well as pedals of all sorts, and pickups.



yeah i ment that sort of thing

i ment they dont do stuff like drumkits or macs or keyboards or recording stuff or all the stuff most of the other stores sell aswell
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Denmark Street in London is lined with nothing but guitar stores and instrument stores in general.

Theres loads there, but the catch is that the prices can be high and the staff are sometimes bastards.

What do they do? Like try and scam you? Because I was thinking of going down there..
#18
biggest or best? sometimes the big ones are stocked with all the usual suspects... out of the ones I've been too, I've really liked guitar guitar and the oxford guitar gallery.
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What do they do? Like try and scam you? Because I was thinking of going down there..

Just generally unhelpful/unenthusiastic in my experience.
#21
1. What guitar do you want?

2. Google it.

3. Go for the lowest price against the best condition/extras.

4. Done.
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1. What guitar do you want?

2. Google it.

3. Go for the lowest price against the best condition/extras.

4. Done.



what if i dont like it? always try before your buy
#24
Quote by Tedis1111
what if i dont like it? always try before your buy

Then do that. Call a number of stores to see who has the model you're looking for or who can order one in.

Go by the individual guitars, not which store has the most. Even the big stores will have contractual obligations to stock more guitars of certain brands than of others, so just going to the biggest guitar shop in the UK doesn't guarantee that they will have what you're looking for.
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Quote by Rock Pig
Just generally unhelpful/unenthusiastic in my experience.


agreed. And also scam. I was trying out an HBE big D distortion pedal, and the dude in one of the denmark street shops told me it was £300. I went home and checked it online to find the RRP was £165. I didn't buy it, don't worry, but if I had I'd have been pissed.
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#26
Nevada music in Portsmouth is pretty big.
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Quote by blue_strat
Then do that. Call a number of stores to see who has the model you're looking for or who can order one in.

Go by the individual guitars, not which store has the most. Even the big stores will have contractual obligations to stock more guitars of certain brands than of others, so just going to the biggest guitar shop in the UK doesn't guarantee that they will have what you're looking for.


its more sort of go in and try everything that looks nice lol
#28
Since I live in Central London, Denmark Street is the closest and most convenient for me. However, since the guys are all dicks there, and the prices are ridiculous, I just go there to try out, then if I like something that has reliable QC, I'll order it online somewhere else.
#29
Quote by Tokai09
Nevada music in Portsmouth is pretty big.



What I was about to say. Quite a lot there.
#30
I wouldn't reccomend Denmark St. I heard it used to be good - maybe 20 years ago - but I went recently and it wa pretty terrible. A few shops selling nothing but the big names like Gibson and Fender, and crowded to bursting point with people who were just going to look.

As a lefty I feel your pain when it comes to trying out LH guitars... I didn't try out my current though and am so happy with it!
Basically the best idea is to work out what shapes and styles you like best by going to GAK and trying nearly EVERY lefty in your price range.

Then check the internet for something that has everything you liked, and buy it there.
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Quote by Notmewtwoguitar
I wouldn't reccomend Denmark St. I heard it used to be good - maybe 20 years ago - but I went recently and it wa pretty terrible. A few shops selling nothing but the big names like Gibson and Fender, and crowded to bursting point with people who were just going to look.

As a lefty I feel your pain when it comes to trying out LH guitars... I didn't try out my current though and am so happy with it!
Basically the best idea is to work out what shapes and styles you like best by going to GAK and trying nearly EVERY lefty in your price range.

Then check the internet for something that has everything you liked, and buy it there.



i went to GAK nothing but epi les pauls and SG and gibsons
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i went to GAK nothing but epi les pauls and SG and gibsons


Ah thats a shame... it's online store is a bit better, and i've not been so assumed it would have a similar variety.

In that case if you don't like any of those look for a few local dealers which stock some left-handed strats and other guitar shapes.
I'm afraid with lefty guitars bigger stores often aren't any better than smaller specialised ones.
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#33
Quote by TheBurningFish
There's a pretty big one here in Glasgow, but I don't know if it's any bigger than the Edinburgh one.

And they do basses and like 3 mandolins, by the way. As well as pedals of all sorts, and pickups.

I can't remember if the Glasgow one has a basement or not, if it doesn't then the Edinburgh one is bigger. Then again the glasgow one has taller ceilings so it probably has more in it.
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Quote by Baconfish
I can't remember if the Glasgow one has a basement or not, if it doesn't then the Edinburgh one is bigger. Then again the glasgow one has taller ceilings so it probably has more in it.


newcastle one is big upstairs and huge downstairs
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#35
Aye the Newcastle one is definately the biggest of the 3.
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#36
People slating Denmark Street here, i've found that some staff are good but their range/prices are quite disappointing. There is a great vintage and old guitars store there, although most stuff is very expensive.

At home in Birmingham the PMT and Reverb stores are the real big ones tbh. The PMT wall is quite impressive though i don't know how it compares to their other stores.
#37
Fret in Southampton is pretty big, and the staff are really friendly and helpful too.

DV247 is just a call centre as far as I'm aware - they'll get stuff in for you to try though if you have an idea of what you want.