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lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
Guitar shop any good?  Looking for some new shops with decent secondhand stock to visit in the south east.  Even if it's in the Outer Hebrides let us know because you never know where you could be one day  ;)
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  • ricorico Frets: 852
    Guitar Classics in Clapham is pretty ace. Lots of nice Gibsons & Fenders, prices seem keen too. They don't stock many strings though!
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    rico said:
    Guitar Classics in Clapham is pretty ace. Lots of nice Gibsons & Fenders, prices seem keen too. They don't stock many strings though!
    Yes I was there yesterday! It's my lunchtime local shop - I work in Putney.

    Graham is a great guy and he does get a good range of stuff in.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
    Anderton's is closest to me but Guitar Village is just a little further away and far nicer to visit/spend some time in.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    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?
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 157
    Eric Lindsey in Catford, easily the best service I have had in a music shop.
    Tune Inn in Hither Green is nearer but only good when the son or young guy is working, the "dad" or older guy (owner) has regularly given me a terrible experience over the years. There is another nearby shop in Downham, Music Land, nice guys but just boring, cheap selection of guitars and amps. 
    Did anyone here ever go to Greenwich guitars? 
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  • ricorico Frets: 852
    rico said:
    Guitar Classics in Clapham is pretty ace. Lots of nice Gibsons & Fenders, prices seem keen too. They don't stock many strings though!
    Yes I was there yesterday! It's my lunchtime local shop - I work in Putney.

    Graham is a great guy and he does get a good range of stuff in.
    Small world, I live in Putney and when I work from home I often take a trip there.

    Guitar village is pretty awesome too. 
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  • furtherfurther Frets: 57
    Jaywalk guitars in Street Somerset nice people and sometimes have used stuff in.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1223
    Go see my mate Gary in rock house music in Hampton.

    mainly new gear, fender, prs etc but Gary is a cracking bloke and will give you all the time in the world... 

    warning tho’ he’s a very good salesman so take your wallet ;)
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    rico said:
    rico said:
    Guitar Classics in Clapham is pretty ace. Lots of nice Gibsons & Fenders, prices seem keen too. They don't stock many strings though!
    Yes I was there yesterday! It's my lunchtime local shop - I work in Putney.

    Graham is a great guy and he does get a good range of stuff in.
    Small world, I live in Putney and when I work from home I often take a trip there.

    Guitar village is pretty awesome too. 
    Haha small world indeed!
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    poopot said:
    Go see my mate Gary in rock house music in Hampton.

    mainly new gear, fender, prs etc but Gary is a cracking bloke and will give you all the time in the world... 

    warning tho’ he’s a very good salesman so take your wallet ;)
    Keeping meaning to pop in. Does Neil from Chandlers work there too?  He sold some stuff for me in the past
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13584
    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?
    Farnham's weird. Very convoluted to drive around.

    I've never found GV at all friendly; even if the relative positions were swapped (Andertons is about two miles from me) I'd still go to Andertons instead. In all honesty I'd be more inclined to drive to World Guitars than to Guitar Village.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 477
    Dawsons in Altrcinham is pleasant, but sells nothing I'm interested in.
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18703
    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.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    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.
    Yes I am familiar with their website, some interesting stuff indeed!
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    Sporky said:

    I've never found GV at all friendly; 
    I have heard/read a similar comment before.  Where is World Guitars?
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
    edited January 11
    GV have always been great for me. Happy to let me try whatever whenever and happy to answer questions when I have them. They've also had to sort out warranty issues for me and did so perfectly and without fuss, so hard to not recommend them.

    Andertons is just too cramped and noisy most of the time. I still buy the odd bit from them but it's often not as pleasant a place unless you go in the morning and catch them when they're a little quieter. 

    Farnham is OK - there are a couple nice pubs and a proper medieval castle if you are so inclined... but it's kind of full of students and OAPs otherwise with very little in between.
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 464
    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?
    Farnham is good for a visit as well as popping in to Guitar Village. Top tip: if you are driving, come into Farnham from the west side and park in the Waitrose car-park. This will (a) put you close to GV and 9b) avoid the traffic snarl of the town centre.
    If you have a few hours to kill, take a walk up to the castle and check out the town museum (very near GV). Decent Cafe Nero for a coffee & snack, and some ok places to eat. 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1223
    poopot said:
    Go see my mate Gary in rock house music in Hampton.

    mainly new gear, fender, prs etc but Gary is a cracking bloke and will give you all the time in the world... 

    warning tho’ he’s a very good salesman so take your wallet ;)
    Keeping meaning to pop in. Does Neil from Chandlers work there too?  He sold some stuff for me in the past
    Nope... he’s not there anymore!.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1420
    Guitar Sounds in Chichester is a really nice friendly guitar shop and the Guitar Store in Southampton is fine too.  I agree with @sporky that andertons is way friendlier than Guitar Village. GV has a library atmosphere to it I find.

    Sadly the 3 of the 4 independent shops close to me have closed down in the last 2 years and the 4th has been bought by PMT!
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  • Keith Dawson Music in Huddersfield. Anyone coming to the northern jam, it's a couple of hundred yards away from the studio 

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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    Farnham is good for a visit as well as popping in to Guitar Village. Top tip: if you are driving, come into Farnham from the west side and park in the Waitrose car-park. This will (a) put you close to GV and 9b) avoid the traffic snarl of the town centre.
    If you have a few hours to kill, take a walk up to the castle and check out the town museum (very near GV). Decent Cafe Nero for a coffee & snack, and some ok places to eat. 
    Thanks for the tips!
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    munckee said:
    Guitar Sounds in Chichester is a really nice friendly guitar shop and the Guitar Store in Southampton is fine too.  I agree with @sporky that andertons is way friendlier than Guitar Village. GV has a library atmosphere to it I find.

    Sadly the 3 of the 4 independent shops close to me have closed down in the last 2 years and the 4th has been bought by PMT!
    Dont they sell Eternal Guitars at Guitar Sounds?  Would like to vist one day, combine it with a trip to the beach  :#
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  • Coda - they post a lot of their second hand stuff on the website too. I check it every week
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1420
    munckee said:
    Guitar Sounds in Chichester is a really nice friendly guitar shop and the Guitar Store in Southampton is fine too.  I agree with @sporky that andertons is way friendlier than Guitar Village. GV has a library atmosphere to it I find.

    Sadly the 3 of the 4 independent shops close to me have closed down in the last 2 years and the 4th has been bought by PMT!
    Dont they sell Eternal Guitars at Guitar Sounds?  Would like to vist one day, combine it with a trip to the beach  :#
    I don't remember seeing them there but its not a brand I would look our for.  If you do hit the beach go to West Wittering, one of the best beaches in the south, extremely busy with queues for the car-park on hot Saturdays though.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13584
    Sporky said:

    I've never found GV at all friendly; 
    I have heard/read a similar comment before.  Where is World Guitars?
    Bloody miles away in Stonehouse, but well worth the visit.

    We go to Farnham from time to time, but I don't bother going into GV any more - to be fair I think my guitar-buying days are behind me anyway. GV isn't actively unfriendly, but I don't find it welcoming.

    I don't think Andertons is beyond criticism, and it does get mad-busy, but I've been able to time visits for quieter periods and generally found it has the right balance of not-being-hassled with being able to find someone whenever you need to. They've also looked after me well, even going beyond the already-generous return policy on occasion.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13584
    munckee said:

    I don't remember seeing them there but its not a brand I would look our for.  If you do hit the beach go to West Wittering, one of the best beaches in the south, extremely busy with queues for the car-park on hot Saturdays though.
    West Wittering is probably Sprocket's favourite place in the world.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    munckee said:
    munckee said:
    Guitar Sounds in Chichester is a really nice friendly guitar shop and the Guitar Store in Southampton is fine too.  I agree with @sporky that andertons is way friendlier than Guitar Village. GV has a library atmosphere to it I find.

    Sadly the 3 of the 4 independent shops close to me have closed down in the last 2 years and the 4th has been bought by PMT!
    Dont they sell Eternal Guitars at Guitar Sounds?  Would like to vist one day, combine it with a trip to the beach  :#
    I don't remember seeing them there but its not a brand I would look our for.  If you do hit the beach go to West Wittering, one of the best beaches in the south, extremely busy with queues for the car-park on hot Saturdays though.
    Yes been the WW many times! Eternal is a local company they build excellent quality guitars 
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1148
    Isle of Wight = Utter shite

    Unless desperate for a pack of strings!
    Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole - Just strap on your guitar and we'll play some rock 'n' roll

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1420
    Sporky said:
    munckee said:

    I don't remember seeing them there but its not a brand I would look our for.  If you do hit the beach go to West Wittering, one of the best beaches in the south, extremely busy with queues for the car-park on hot Saturdays though.
    West Wittering is probably Sprocket's favourite place in the world.
    The dog from fraggle rock?
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 349
    paulnb57 said:
    Isle of Wight = Utter shite

    Unless desperate for a pack of strings!
    What about that shop in cowes?
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