9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear

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4. Guitar Gallery
Scottsdale's only entry on this list. Guitar Gallery is owned by local musician Michael Parkin and has been in business for the past 20 years, providing guitars, a killer collection of lower-watt boutique amplifiers, accessories, lessons, and repair services to the East Valley with style and panache. The gents who work in the store are always inviting, and, as Parkin says, they're "different because we care about guitar and guitar players."

"We're all musicians here. We can all do repairs or at least understand what is needed and what that entails, and we aim to provide every customer with a positive, unique experience with us," he says. "And no question is ever a stupid one. Just try us." What really separates Guitar Gallery from a lot of other shops in town is the quality of the lessons it offers. The staff is both knowledgeable and accessible, two things that do not always go hand in hand.

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Benjamin Leatherman

3. Sam Ash
The first entry of the "big box" variety. Sam Ash, unlike Guitar Center, is still family-owned, and if you talk to someone from the home office, you're still likely to talk to an actual member of the Ash clan. A great selection of gear at competitive prices and a friendly staff make it difficult to keep the store off this list. When you've been in business for almost 90 years, it is hard to argue with your success. The location is perfect for the musician who calls the northwest part of the Valley home.

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Benjamin Leatherman

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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13 comments
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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