Best Place to Buy a Guitar - 2000
The urge to strum can be a powerful one, so when you can't ignore the acoustic gitbox's siren song any longer, check out this cozy Richmond landmark, where the wannabe Django, Guthrie, or Andres Segovia will find everything he needs in a friendly and well-informed setting. There are guitars of every size and brand name -- Martins, Lowdens, Raimundos, Artesanos -- hanging within reach; as the helpful yet easygoing staffers like to tell everyone who comes in, "Feel free to play something." Although there are violins, mandolins, banjos, and some very hip ukuleles on the premises, the accent is on guitars in every price range, from $125 for a half-size model to a gorgeous handmade 1977 Smallman for $9,000. Everything else you need for an axe-wielding career is present and accounted for as well -- picks, metronomes, cases, books, tapes, CDs, instructional videos and software, and 56 cartons of sheet music in every genre. There are also repair and lesson rooms on site.