9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear
7. Milano's Music
Mesa had to be represented at some point, and the only choice there was Milano's. The old school store has a certain vibe. Perhaps it's the whole Main Street Mesa thing, but when you walk in there, you feel you could be walking into a music store in Hollywood or Chicago or New York City from way back when. Opened in 1946, Milano's sold guitars to Buck Owens in the early days of the songwriter's fabled career. The store offers a full line of gear, lessons, repairs, and rentals. There is a cool little video on its site that longtime Arizona and newbies looking for a quick history lesson might enjoy.
6. Drum Alley
Located inside west-side store Boogie Music, Drum Alley is a favorite among Phoenix's elite drummers because of its prices, selection, and most of all, hospitality. No offense to the drummers out there, but y'all can be some of the most difficult people to please, so when you hear one give praise to a music store, pay attention. "The nicest customer service of late I had was at Drum Alley . . . They do have people there very willing to help with repairs or orders," says Claire Griese, drummer for bands such as Black Banner Dovichenko, The MadCaps, and many others.
4442 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ
38 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ
3562 W. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ
10243 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ
4402 W. Cactus Road, Glendale, AZ