Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Guitar Center has stores all over the United States, and as you can see from the photo, they stock just about any guitar you could want, along with keyboards, DJ equipment, drums, and amps; they offer musician services that include getting your music onto iTunes and into a musician database. If you don't play, they offer a virtual teacher for beginners (but please find a live one through their database). Any supplies you need, from strings to lighting effects, are also available. Go just to see the place; it will inspire you to listen to music, even if you don't want to play it.
West L.A. Music is the professional musician's haven, supplying everything you need to begin a band, from guitars, to keyboards, drums, and studio equipment. It's no wonder that music studios rent equipment from them. For the individual musician, they offer a price guarantee good for any in stock item you may find elsewhere at a lower price (they will match it). The sales staff may be a bit hit or miss depending on the person you get, but the quality of the merchandise speaks for itself.
Mc Cabe's is the grandfather of guitar shops; they carry mandolines, banjos, ukeleles, and every other kind of stringed instrument, including exotic instruments (from various countries I had never seen before and could not name if my life depended on it). They offer lessons upstairs and concerts some nights, so if you seek a knowledgeable, personable, and educational place to begin your musical education, McCabe's is the choice.
Some of us will only listen to music and never play, but it's nice to go to music places; like fishing, we do not have to catch a fish to enjoy fishing.