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  • LesbianWithAGunLesbianWithAGun Frets: 495
    edited January 12
    Snapshot I took of Macari's on Charring Cross Road one night in 2015.
    My window shopping.
    Macaris 2015 Charing Cross Road by treborillusion
    This guitar/Travis Bean, same shop, a little later caught my attention, so much so, I took this snapshot of it, day in, day out, I'd visit it.
    Macaris 2015 Charing Cross Road by treborillusion
    Sold for £8, 000.00 - Belonged to the guy 'forget his name' from The Clash.




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  • Im based in Bristol and we have some decent places here, I always take a trip to Electric Ladyland to see Steve and check out what he's got. Great guy and it's a shop which is worth checking out purely to see what unusual things you might find. He's not online so a visit is the only way to check. 
    If Im after something high end i'd head over to World Guitars. Paid my first visit there they other day and was impressed by their relaxed atmosphere and genuine passion. If you're after a conventional vintage place then Vintage & Rare in Bath seems an option. Its rather pricey but the guys seem friendly and they always have a really nice array of stuff. 
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 148
    57Deluxe said:
    Whitecat said:
    Anderton's is closest to me but Guitar Village is just a little further away and far nicer to visit/spend some time in.
    Been to Andertons many times but nver GV.  Will have to pay a visit.  Farnham is a nice little town too right?


    Not what I was expecting! looks v.cool
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  • LesbianWithAGunLesbianWithAGun Frets: 495
    edited January 12
    Im based in Bristol and we have some decent places here, I always take a trip to Electric Ladyland to see Steve and check out what he's got. Great guy and it's a shop which is worth checking out purely to see what unusual things you might find. He's not online so a visit is the only way to check. 
    If Im after something high end i'd head over to World Guitars. Paid my first visit there they other day and was impressed by their relaxed atmosphere and genuine passion. If you're after a conventional vintage place then Vintage & Rare in Bath seems an option. Its rather pricey but the guys seem friendly and they always have a really nice array of stuff. 
    First of all, wow at World Guitars, am tempted to splurge on a PRS from here, but... https://worldguitars.co.uk/shop/prs-guitars-custom-24-quilt-limited-charcoal-cherry-burst-242687/ but that would be stupid, like 100% of my budget on a guitar I'd want to mess with electronics wise.
    Vintage & Rare of Bath used to have another location here in London on Denmark Street and it is they who sold me my first Gibson Les Paul in 2011... Then later, same shop, different name, different owner (same everything else) sold me my second Gibson Les Paul in 2017.
    TBH, I knew Vintage & Rare had a Bath store, but, when they left London, I just assumed they ceased to be.
    But £795.00... It's a little more than what I wanted to spend, but at least it's the right guitar...
    https://vintageandrareguitars.com/product/1930s-stella-parlour/
    This though, makes me want to come out to Bath to see it, play on it in person.
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  • jrc2806jrc2806 Frets: 17
    My local is Peach Guitars (Colchester). Fantastic staff, range, environment etc. John and the team are happy to help with anything from "which acoustic body size is right for me" to "what will happen if I change to 13s from 12s on my Taylor"...... Last three guitars have come from there. Only problem is that it is not good when GAS strikes knowing that they are only a few miles away........
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  • RamJam in Aberdeen. Tiny second hand store but maybe 50-75 interesting guitars in stock, really friendly guys, happy to chat all day!

    Can't believe I was up seeing family and friends over Xmas and didn't know/find out about this place! Definitely popping in next time I'm up gettin' ma buttery fix, ken...
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  • uncledickuncledick Frets: 195
    Exeter is half an hour from me and we have Project Music and Manson's both within a 2 minute walk of Mary Arches car park.  Good atmosphere, nice gear and obliging staff in both.
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 323
    Been to Guitar Village quite a few times and I have to say I've never found them to be unfriendly or library-like. I realise that all experiences can be different but I've always found the staff there to be helpful when you want to know something and to leave you alone if you say you are fine. I love the building and the way it has lots of little nooks with cool guitars hidden away in them.
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  • Im based in Bristol and we have some decent places here, I always take a trip to Electric Ladyland to see Steve and check out what he's got. Great guy and it's a shop which is worth checking out purely to see what unusual things you might find. He's not online so a visit is the only way to check. 
    If Im after something high end i'd head over to World Guitars. Paid my first visit there they other day and was impressed by their relaxed atmosphere and genuine passion. If you're after a conventional vintage place then Vintage & Rare in Bath seems an option. Its rather pricey but the guys seem friendly and they always have a really nice array of stuff. 
    First of all, wow at World Guitars, am tempted to splurge on a PRS from here, but... https://worldguitars.co.uk/shop/prs-guitars-custom-24-quilt-limited-charcoal-cherry-burst-242687/ but that would be stupid, like 100% of my budget on a guitar I'd want to mess with electronics wise.
    Vintage & Rare of Bath used to have another location here in London on Denmark Street and it is they who sold me my first Gibson Les Paul in 2011... Then later, same shop, different name, different owner (same everything else) sold me my second Gibson Les Paul in 2017.
    TBH, I knew Vintage & Rare had a Bath store, but, when they left London, I just assumed they ceased to be.
    But £795.00... It's a little more than what I wanted to spend, but at least it's the right guitar...
    https://vintageandrareguitars.com/product/1930s-stella-parlour/
    This though, makes me want to come out to Bath to see it, play on it in person.
    Wow that is a nice PRS, yeah they had some fantastic guitars there, I was rather taken by a 58 standard Historic LP. The guy I think Julian was fantastic, Let me play for ages with no pressure to buy - Really top guys and a fantastic store. 
    In regards to Vintage and rare i never knew they had a store in London! They have really ice stuff, It can be a bit pricey but the guys working there are very friendly and happy to let you play as long as you're respectful. That Stella Parlour looks like a steal. They also have a refin lp junior and a pretty clean sg junior. Think i may have to head over soon! Good luck with your next purchase. 

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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 148
    Been to Guitar Village quite a few times and I have to say I've never found them to be unfriendly or library-like. I realise that all experiences can be different but I've always found the staff there to be helpful when you want to know something and to leave you alone if you say you are fine. I love the building and the way it has lots of little nooks with cool guitars hidden away in them.
    Think I will pay them a visit next month.  Do they usually have a good stock of seconhand stuff?
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 148
    jrc2806 said:
    My local is Peach Guitars (Colchester). Fantastic staff, range, environment etc. John and the team are happy to help with anything from "which acoustic body size is right for me" to "what will happen if I change to 13s from 12s on my Taylor"...... Last three guitars have come from there. Only problem is that it is not good when GAS strikes knowing that they are only a few miles away........
    Wondered when Peach would get a mention. Never been but heard good things..
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 323
    Been to Guitar Village quite a few times and I have to say I've never found them to be unfriendly or library-like. I realise that all experiences can be different but I've always found the staff there to be helpful when you want to know something and to leave you alone if you say you are fine. I love the building and the way it has lots of little nooks with cool guitars hidden away in them.
    Think I will pay them a visit next month.  Do they usually have a good stock of seconhand stuff?
    They always have some secondhand stuff, yes. Best thing to check their website just before you go: they say it is a real time reflection of their current stock.
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  • WolfetoneWolfetone Frets: 822
    Unfortunately my local in Lisburn caters for school kids and starters. Nice people though. Cort, Tanglewood and a couple of used types are the staple guitar products. Plenty of purple violins and hand percussion though.

    You have to go to Matchetts Belfast to get an independent that caters for the higher end market.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 4421
    Up here in north London my local shop is Sound Garden in Barnet. I thought I'd not bought anything there but there's a little Laney combo in the corner of the room that would suggest I'm wrong.

    I suppose that Wild Guitars in Highgate may be nearer, but I finjd their pricing to be a bit, er, optimistic.

    Elctrohill in Palmers Green used to be worth a visit but since they moved I found their stock to be disappointing.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 148
    scrumhalf said:
    Up here in north London my local shop is Sound Garden in Barnet. I thought I'd not bought anything there but there's a little Laney combo in the corner of the room that would suggest I'm wrong.

    I suppose that Wild Guitars in Highgate may be nearer, but I finjd their pricing to be a bit, er, optimistic.

    Elctrohill in Palmers Green used to be worth a visit but since they moved I found their stock to be disappointing.
    How about Edgeware Music? Went there once, quite an interesting little shop!
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  • RamJam in Aberdeen. Tiny second hand store but maybe 50-75 interesting guitars in stock, really friendly guys, happy to chat all day!

    Can't believe I was up seeing family and friends over Xmas and didn't know/find out about this place! Definitely popping in next time I'm up gettin' ma buttery fix, ken...
    Fit like the day min?

    Halfway down crown street. It’s Jamie from Bruce Millers then iiMusic that runs it. Cool place
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1222
    edited January 12
    Im based in Bristol and we have some decent places here, I always take a trip to Electric Ladyland to see Steve and check out what he's got. Great guy and it's a shop which is worth checking out purely to see what unusual things you might find. He's not online so a visit is the only way to check. 
    If Im after something high end i'd head over to World Guitars. Paid my first visit there they other day and was impressed by their relaxed atmosphere and genuine passion. If you're after a conventional vintage place then Vintage & Rare in Bath seems an option. Its rather pricey but the guys seem friendly and they always have a really nice array of stuff. 
    Heron in Bristol is always worth a look IMO - they tend to have some gems in there now and again. I picked up a 1981 Gordon Smith GS1 for £300 in there a couple of years ago...
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12301
    Moominpapa said: 

     I've always found the staff there to be helpful
    I don't think I've ever found the staff there!
    Never forget that you are wearing your invisible tiara.
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 519
    edited January 12
    kt66 said:

    Did anyone here ever go to Greenwich guitars? 
    I used to live 5 mins from there. Brian's place (RIP), then Mark. 

    Rather went off the last owner after he stitched up a friend by deciding not to sell a Fender amp they'd agreed a price on... after my friend had sold a beloved WEM to pay for it. Extremely poor form 
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  • Charlie Chandler's guitar experience is my local. The stock is all second hand and typically interesting stuff. I've always found them to be very welcoming and helpful. They absolutely know their stuff. 

    I don't feel the need to go further a field for any sort of maintenance/repair work. 

    https://www.guitarexperience.co.uk


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  • LesbianWithAGunLesbianWithAGun Frets: 495
    edited January 13
    Im based in Bristol and we have some decent places here, I always take a trip to Electric Ladyland to see Steve and check out what he's got. Great guy and it's a shop which is worth checking out purely to see what unusual things you might find. He's not online so a visit is the only way to check. 
    If Im after something high end i'd head over to World Guitars. Paid my first visit there they other day and was impressed by their relaxed atmosphere and genuine passion. If you're after a conventional vintage place then Vintage & Rare in Bath seems an option. Its rather pricey but the guys seem friendly and they always have a really nice array of stuff. 
    First of all, wow at World Guitars, am tempted to splurge on a PRS from here, but... https://worldguitars.co.uk/shop/prs-guitars-custom-24-quilt-limited-charcoal-cherry-burst-242687/ but that would be stupid, like 100% of my budget on a guitar I'd want to mess with electronics wise.
    Vintage & Rare of Bath used to have another location here in London on Denmark Street and it is they who sold me my first Gibson Les Paul in 2011... Then later, same shop, different name, different owner (same everything else) sold me my second Gibson Les Paul in 2017.
    TBH, I knew Vintage & Rare had a Bath store, but, when they left London, I just assumed they ceased to be.
    But £795.00... It's a little more than what I wanted to spend, but at least it's the right guitar...
    https://vintageandrareguitars.com/product/1930s-stella-parlour/
    This though, makes me want to come out to Bath to see it, play on it in person.
    Wow that is a nice PRS, yeah they had some fantastic guitars there, I was rather taken by a 58 standard Historic LP. The guy I think Julian was fantastic, Let me play for ages with no pressure to buy - Really top guys and a fantastic store. 
    In regards to Vintage and rare i never knew they had a store in London! They have really ice stuff, It can be a bit pricey but the guys working there are very friendly and happy to let you play as long as you're respectful. That Stella Parlour looks like a steal. They also have a refin lp junior and a pretty clean sg junior. Think i may have to head over soon! Good luck with your next purchase. 

    Yeah, their London shop was where I scored my first Gibson.

    When I knew them, they were my beloved Vintage & Rare on Denmark Street, then they sold up but the place and the stock didn't change, nowadays it still looks the same but is called NoTom Guitars and, what they left in London has become my beloved NoTom...
    Two different people, same place, same couch even, sold me both of my Gibsons (by coincidence).
    Once when it was Vintage & Rare, then again when it was NoTom...
    https://notomguitars.com/
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 442
    Another vote for Guitar Sound in Chichester, great little shop and super friendly. Some interesting vintage gear often in there. 

    Anyone been in the small guitar store opposite the Post Office in Guildford?
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 114
    KKJale said:
    kt66 said:

    Did anyone here ever go to Greenwich guitars? 
    I used to live 5 mins from there. Brian's place (RIP), then Mark. 

    Rather went off the last owner after he stitched up a friend by deciding not to sell a Fender amp they'd agreed a price on... after my friend had sold a beloved WEM to pay for it. Extremely poor form 
    Yes, that Mark is a "character" to be sure 
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  • miserneilmiserneil Frets: 4429
    edited January 13
    I know he’s nowhere near you - but I always like to give Chris at Amp Guitars in Macclesfield a mention in these sorts of threads. He runs a really small ‘old school’ business. Virtually everything he sells is used - you never know what he’ll have in - but invariably he’ll have something interesting.

    He’s a pleasure to deal with - and the shop has real character. Highly recommended to those who are ever in the area.
    Absolutely this. Even though he’s about 2 hours from me, I would regard Chris as my local shop. A wonderfully friendly guy in a ‘proper’ old school vibe guitar shop.

    I popped in over Christmas for a bit of respite from the in laws and just to say hello and he immediately got the kettle on, we sat and chatted for ages, talked about bands, he showed me a few guitars, I tried a few, no pressure sales whatsoever. I was in there over 2 hours and came out with an Esquire! 
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 148
    miserneil said:
     I was in there over 2 hours and came out with an Esquire! 
    Merry Christmas to you!!
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  • cruxiformcruxiform Frets: 1490
    Just been reading that Newtons Music (used to be Potters Music) in Merstham that sold guitars to Clapton and Beck is to close after 59 years in business.

    My favourite independent was Bootleg Music in Epsom, which closed years ago. Bought a Charvel Model 1 and a Marshall Lead 12 from them in 1988 and kept going there for years afterwards. Loved that shop.

    I live between Andertons and Guitar Guitar in Epsom now but generally Andertons gets my dosh.


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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 495
    Just to add... currently in rockhouse music in Hampton... Gary’s doing 20% off all fender guitars in stock... 
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  • I am so thankful for Denmark Street,

    I've not been to Andertons yet...
    I've seen this video, and I remember not thinking much of it... And I heard there was this big guitar shop in Guildford worth checking out (only I've not been to Guildford yet)...

    I am so thankful for Denmark Street, just because.
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  • mark123mark123 Frets: 151
    Riff Raff guitars Sunderland ,Shaun is a true gent, does amazing set ups for peanuts ,saves me going to newcastle and paying double the price for average set ups! this man knows how to set a guitar up tell him what you want and thats what you get !,top bloke ,check out his sons band fire lady luck,  great stuff !
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8629
    My local independent is in Dubai. It's a pretty small shop but they've done a clever "library stacks" type of thing with their stock, so they can fit a lot in a small space. Good guys, but a small market means great stuff goes quickly. 




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