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Hey guys, I am new my name is Colin and I am 14 and i play guitar.

Just wondering, what do you guys think the best store to go to for guitar stuff is in the U.S.? I am quite fond of guitar center, just can't get enough of that store. Sam ash is a close second.
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sam ash because they recently got some sick leo fender G&L basses (pre lawsuit) and some very nice laklands.
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guitar center usually tries to same people, although i have gotten good deals from them on the past. but i try and support my local music store: New Orleans Music Exchange. reall cool guys there.
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#9
guitar center but i'm biased because i have 3 friends who work there and one of my friends dad manages it, so i say GC but it's all a matter of opinion
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Small places are usually better. Some Small places totally suck though.
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Skip's Music Store, I go their every Tuesday for lessons so everybody their knows me and they give me huge discounts. Just the other week they dropped a $500 Michael Kelly to $300 for me.
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Guitar Center because of the decent selection, though I'm really anxious to try the one in Hollywood.
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Haight-Ashbury music in San Francisco is the best since the sell their goods at Sixties era prices.
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sam ash because they recently got some sick leo fender G&L basses (pre lawsuit) and some very nice laklands.

Gah, they did not have any when I went two months ago -_-
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Jackson and Sons Music Trading center they have trading but they don't do trade-in's but they do special orders on anything they don't have plus they also sell guitars and amps at 30% off the MRSP.
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Tom Lee. It's pretty my only option at where I live.


Try the Long and Mcquade out in PoCo. It's a lot better.
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Tom Lee. It's pretty my only option at where I live.


Really? I'm in Burnaby, BC, too; but I find myself heading out to Long & McQuade (the Surrey store on 138 St & 104 Ave). In fact, I haven't made it out to a Tom Lee yet to check it out. I've gotten to know a few of the employees at Long & McQuade, which sends me back there over and over, too. I was familiar with Long & McQuade from playing my saxophone (always rented/purchased stuff from there), and was told about a deal there when I was looking for an electric. I've been back and spent a lot of money since, too... I've been meaning to check out a Tom Lee, but don't want to spend more right now (really can't afford to). Which location do you find has the best selection/help?

To the TS, you've probably noticed I'm a fan of L&M, but I don't believe that will help you much in the States...
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Really? I'm in Burnaby, BC, too; but I find myself heading out to Long & McQuade (the Surrey store on 138 St & 104 Ave). In fact, I haven't made it out to a Tom Lee yet to check it out. I've gotten to know a few of the employees at Long & McQuade, which sends me back there over and over, too. I was familiar with Long & McQuade from playing my saxophone (always rented/purchased stuff from there), and was told about a deal there when I was looking for an electric. I've been back and spent a lot of money since, too... I've been meaning to check out a Tom Lee, but don't want to spend more right now (really can't afford to). Which location do you find has the best selection/help?

To the TS, you've probably noticed I'm a fan of L&M, but I don't believe that will help you much in the States...


I really don't like Tom Lee. I'm in Coquitlam myself, and there's one a 5 minute walk from my house. They finally got PRS's, and it's just a $2000 one in a case they'll never sell.
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Haight-Ashbury music in San Francisco is the best since they sell their goods at Sixties era prices.


Very true. Best music store I've ever been to, very friendly people too. Even threw in a free hardshell case for my Gibbo. You should definitely go there when you're in the area.
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Try the Long and Mcquade out in PoCo. It's a lot better.


Good god man, those are the first two music stores I ever went to, back in the late 90's. Tom Lee Music in Coquitlam and the Long & Mcquade's in Port Coq. was still in its old location on Lougheed and Shaughnessy. Brings back memories lol. I moved back to southern Ontario in 2000. Man I hated living in Vancouver, when it didn't piss it rained and when it didn't rain it poured.
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I really don't like Tom Lee. I'm in Coquitlam myself, and there's one a 5 minute walk from my house. They finally got PRS's, and it's just a $2000 one in a case they'll never sell.


HAHA this is hilarious cause when I was there the only time back in '99 they too had a PRS in a plastic case kind of in the middle of the store. Might this be the same guitar?

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I certainly wouldn't be surprised. Some of the stuff there has been sitting around since I can remember.
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the guitar center. they treat me with respect and they don't swarm me. also i shop there quite a lot.
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Very true. Best music store I've ever been to, very friendly people too. Even threw in a free hardshell case for my Gibbo. You should definitely go there when you're in the area.


Threw in a free hardshell?? What Gibson did you by. From what I've seen on the website, 90%+ of their guitars come with the hardshell case STANDARD! And to make this post not spam, there was a really nice store just outside of Nashville (who's name i can't recall at this exact moment) that had some really nice stuff in it. And if by some strange chance you end up in Hamilton (Ont) there's Mountain Music, and the 2 Long McQuade's within 40 minutes of each other in Burlington and Cambridge (Cambridge has a MUCH better selection though).
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Threw in a free hardshell?? What Gibson did you by. From what I've seen on the website, 90%+ of their guitars come with the hardshell case STANDARD! And to make this post not spam, there was a really nice store just outside of Nashville (who's name i can't recall at this exact moment) that had some really nice stuff in it. And if by some strange chance you end up in Hamilton (Ont) there's Mountain Music, and the 2 Long McQuade's within 40 minutes of each other in Burlington and Cambridge (Cambridge has a MUCH better selection though).


I go to the L&M in Cambridge and also Sherwood Music in Kitchener, I hate the L&M in Waterloo. I bought my MXR EVH Flanger at the Cambridge store for $180 new, Musicians Friend has it for $190 so they definitely got some good prices going. Their store is really great, lots of stuff but I find their guitars on the floor are pretty badly setup and every kid with sticky PB&J fingers from lunch has used and abused their guitars, mainly the Fenders. Sherwood has a smaller selection but all their stuff is setup real good and the guys there know more what they are talking about although can be pretty pushy sometimes. Good store though
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Quote by onemanarmy9
Threw in a free hardshell?? What Gibson did you by. From what I've seen on the website, 90%+ of their guitars come with the hardshell case STANDARD! And to make this post not spam, there was a really nice store just outside of Nashville (who's name i can't recall at this exact moment) that had some really nice stuff in it. And if by some strange chance you end up in Hamilton (Ont) there's Mountain Music, and the 2 Long McQuade's within 40 minutes of each other in Burlington and Cambridge (Cambridge has a MUCH better selection though).


It wasn't an expensive Gibson, like $500. But still nice they threw in the case for free.
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It wasn't an expensive Gibson, like $500. But still nice they threw in the case for free.

I've never seen a Gibson for under $1000.
What model was it?
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The now discontinued Les Paul Melody Maker (not one of the crappy new ones). The original price was $850, but it was on sale so I got it for about $500.
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#33
there are no major guitar stores where i live. all i have is local guitar places but i love guitar center and sam ash. only been to those places once tho
#34
Out of the major companies I'd say Sam Ash, they're way more customer friendly than Guitar Center, but that's just my opinion.
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Quote by CORT noob
Small places are usually better. Some Small places totally suck though.


I prefer small local shops too. You can usually tell pretty quickly if they are an assembly of arsholes. Of the two you mentioned, I would prefer a Sam Ash though.
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I go to the L&M in Cambridge and also Sherwood Music in Kitchener, I hate the L&M in Waterloo. I bought my MXR EVH Flanger at the Cambridge store for $180 new, Musicians Friend has it for $190 so they definitely got some good prices going. Their store is really great, lots of stuff but I find their guitars on the floor are pretty badly setup and every kid with sticky PB&J fingers from lunch has used and abused their guitars, mainly the Fenders. Sherwood has a smaller selection but all their stuff is setup real good and the guys there know more what they are talking about although can be pretty pushy sometimes. Good store though


What have you got against the L&M in Waterloo? I live a lot closer to Sherwood and I like the store a lot, but I find that I'm at L&M as often as I am at Sherwood because I think their selection is better. But yeah, the L&M in Cambridge is great! Their selection of PRS is sooo much better than the L&M in Waterloo.
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Altos music by me is whats up. They have tons of stuff in stock and for everything you can imagine music wise.
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Alto Music, Middletown NY
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What have you got against the L&M in Waterloo? I live a lot closer to Sherwood and I like the store a lot, but I find that I'm at L&M as often as I am at Sherwood because I think their selection is better. But yeah, the L&M in Cambridge is great! Their selection of PRS is sooo much better than the L&M in Waterloo.


Yea the L&M in Cambridge is great and they got some good second hand stuff also especially amps and their acoustic selection is good too. Lots and lots of stuff in there. I found Sherwood repair shop is really good, good guys down there. The L&M in Waterloo is ok, but parking blows and whenever I've walked in there the guys working alway seem to have some opinionated discussions about music and so on and when I check out the guitars its like they're sizing you up. I dunno just get a weird vibe in there. I'm 27 years old I don't need some sales guy looking at me when I pickup a $700 instrument. Maybe I just go there at the wrong times I just wanna be left alone when I'm looking at stuff in the store, especially guitars. Cambridge is the best for that, they don't bother you until you ask.
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