9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear

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Benjamin Leatherman
Choosing a music store is, for many people, akin to choosing a proctologist. You may really need what it has to offer, but you also know it is almost always going to be painful. Whether you are an aspiring newbie or a seasoned musician, the experience of visiting the retailers who have what you need to get your groove on can be scary, intimidating, and sometimes offensive to your sensibility of right and wrong.

The Valley has a few stores that stand out. Sure, sometimes even their folks can be surly or disinterested in hearing about your latest power ballad, but there are places where you can go and be treated fairly well by the staff. Here are the top eight choices, chosen through a combination of our own experience and conversations with a cross-section of local musicians.

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Benjamin Leatherman

9. Ziggie's Music
Located on North Third Street in Central Phoenix, Ziggie's Music is a Valley institution. Family-owned and in business since 1927, this small store specializes in rarities and hard-to-find pieces of equipment. Need a pickup for your mandolin? Ziggie's probably has one. Want to take accordion lessons? Ziggie's has Tony Longoria, who can teach you one of the world's most versatile instruments in English or español. On the first Saturday of every month, Ziggie's Music sponsors a swap meet where local musicians can get together and buy and sell gear. The action starts at 9:30 a.m.


8. Precision Guitar
Blink and you'll miss Precision Guitar. Nestled in a small strip center on North Seventh Avenue in Central Phoenix, this spot is a longtime favorite of local ax-men for the hard-to-find hardware and pickups, as well as great repair work. The shop is truly a spectacle to behold in its clutter of parts, guitars, amps, straps (of which they have a remarkably good selection for such a small place), and pedals. Owners Jim and Colin are friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating, but don't show up on Sundays, Mondays, or before noon because they won't be there. However, if you want your guitar or bass fixed or set up and you don't like to leave the Melrose neighborhood, this is definitely the place to go.

Location Info

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Ziggie's Music

3309 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Precision Guitar

4442 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Milano's Music

38 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Boogie Music

3562 W. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Guitar Gallery

10243 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: General

Sam Ash

4402 W. Cactus Road, Glendale, AZ

Category: General


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14 comments
Michael James
Michael James

Definitely can't stand Guitar Center or Sam Ash.

m0nster
m0nster

Bizarre Guitar — carries the best brands, carries quality used guitars, great and knowledgable service.

AzNtv1
AzNtv1

Umm Hello New Times... Bizarre Guitar is not on your list?  They've been cranking for almost 40 years in CenPho.  

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

We're ( drummers) are picky because all the stores seem to put drummers last. We know what we want and most of the time none of the stores have it. Maybe give us a better selection like all the guitarists have and we won't sound picky. But oh well we're just the dumb monkeys hitting stuff

gbbennet
gbbennet

Guitarget is number 1? You have no credibility. Guitar Traders, Scottsdale is good. Cave Creek Guitar Company is easily the best guitar shop in the valley. Guitarget? Really? Ziggys music is gross and smells like cat piss.

Willis Getchell
Willis Getchell

Been goin' to Boogie Music for 16 years, good folks!

MusicLover
MusicLover

Dissapointed to see that Allegro Music was left off the list.

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