9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear
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.
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.
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