9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear
2. Guitar Tree
A relative newcomer to the music gear scene in Phoenix, but a fantastic addition nonetheless. Guitar Tree is the furthest thing from a corporate-style store you will find in the Valley. Located in a small house just west of Seventh Street along Osborn Road in midtown Phoenix, this shop is owned by two dudes who love guitars and sell a ton of them.
There is never a dull moment at Guitar Tree, as the inventory is always changing. In addition to a great selection of guitars and basses, it also sells some amplifiers, although space is a challenge in keeping a large selection around, and it also offers repair services and lessons. It is only a matter of time before Guitar Tree is number one on this list. (Plus, the relatively new vinyl haven Record Revival is located just next door.)
1. Guitar Center
I am not sure how to feel about Guitar Center being number one on this list. Having been a professional musician since long before Guitar Center got to Phoenix, I have to admit that when it arrived, it certainly took the pain out of wondering whether the smaller (and often more pretentious) local stores would have my favorite bass strings or a particular item I was looking for.
Love it or hate it, Guitar Center is the best the Valley has to offer for musicians, working and non-working alike. No matter what you need, it probably has it or can order it for you. The prices are often competitive, especially if you have a friend who works there, and there are six locations around the greater Phoenix area (unfortunately, though, none in what most of us would consider Central Phoenix).
A tremendous upside for Guitar Center is the staff. Unless they are just slammed with customers, I have never gone more than 30 seconds without someone offering to help me or, at very least, greeting me with seemingly sincere enthusiasm. If you are shopping for a friend or family member who is a musician, this is a place even a non-musician can go and feel comfortable.
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