9 Best Stores in Metro Phoenix for Music Gear
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.
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.
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