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Old 16th November 2009
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Gear Head
 
🎧 10 years
Best Vintage Guitar Shops in LA?

Sorry off topic, but there's no one else online that would point me in the right direction as fast as y'all.

I'm in LA for a week and want to spend sometime in some vintage guitar shops.

Where shall I go?

Here's my current list:
  • Westwood Music
  • Mc Cabe's Guitar Shop
  • Guitar Center Pico
  • Norman's Rare Guitars
  • Mesa Boogie Hollywood
  • Guitar Center Sunset

Thanks!
Old 16th November 2009
  #2
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🎧 15 years
Norm's is by far the best. (that's my opinion but it is a good one!)
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Originally Posted by jonshin ➑️
Sorry off topic, but there's no one else online that would point me in the right direction as fast as y'all.

I'm in LA for a week and want to spend sometime in some vintage guitar shops.

Where shall I go?


Here's my current list:
  • Westwood Music
  • Mc Cabe's Guitar Shop
  • Guitar Center Pico
  • Norman's Rare Guitars
  • Mesa Boogie Hollywood
  • Guitar Center Sunset
Thanks!
Old 16th November 2009 | Show parent
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Gear Nut
 
🎧 10 years
If you're strictly looking for vintage stuff, Guitar Center on Sunset has a huge vintage room that's pretty impressive, the one on Pico not so much - that one's basically like any other GC. Also maybe check out Truetone in Santa Monica Welcome to Truetone Music Not sure how much specifically "vintage" stuff they have, but a really cool little store with lots of brands of guitars, amps, & effects you don't see in stores that often.
Old 17th November 2009 | Show parent
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Gear Head
 
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeRocker ➑️
If you're strictly looking for vintage stuff, Guitar Center on Sunset has a huge vintage room that's pretty impressive, the one on Pico not so much - that one's basically like any other GC. Also maybe check out Truetone in Santa Monica Welcome to Truetone Music Not sure how much specifically "vintage" stuff they have, but a really cool little store with lots of brands of guitars, amps, & effects you don't see in stores that often.
Thanks guys. I was in GC Sunset today. (Norm's is closed on Monday's)

Wow, awesome experience. I touched a $70k ES-335 today. I was stroking those things pretty intensely.

Thanks again
Old 17th November 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 15 years
Timewarp Music :: Home Page

Bought lots from Shane who's a real good guy. I stay away now because I usually buy something whenever I go in.
Old 17th November 2009
  #6
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🎧 10 years
Check out California Vintage Guitar on Van Nuys Boulevard if you're in that area. They have a lot of cool gear but the people weren't exactly the friendliest.

Homepage of California Vintage Guitar and Amp dot com
Old 17th November 2009 | Show parent
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NoizyNinja's Avatar
 
🎧 15 years
Hey Mike! Back in town?
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mikecorwin's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
+1 for California Vintage Guitar and Amp. I've gotten numerous vintage amps, guitars, and basses from these guys over the years and their service is top-notch. The store is also setup so that you can grab a guitar, sit on the couch and play comfortably.
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mds
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🎧 15 years
Another plus for Cali Vintage in Van Nuys...the guys are a little snobby, but they have some nice stuff and their prices are totally stupid like some of the other shops. Guitar Center is fine for looking, but don't buy from them unless you like pay 2x what things are worth...
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