music retailers & repair shops

local music retailers

some local music retailers will match prices on deals you find online (although sometimes only from other "brick & mortar" stores). so do your homework (see harmony central below) and bring a printout. the biggest local music retailers are guitar center and sam ash music, both of which are on morse rd. between I-71 and easton.

guitar center - 4661 morse centre rd (morse rd.) columbus, oh 43229; (614) 436-2600

sam ash music - the pepsi to guitar center's coke. 1690 morse rd. columbus, oh 43229; (614) 436-2600

music-go-round - new and used music gear - if you're careful and make sure you know what you're buying, you can find some great deals here (kind of like ebay, but they'll fix any problems within the first few days). you can also search the inventories of all the music-go-rounds in the whole country, and they'll ship to you. they also carry strings, picks, tuners, and most other accessories.

2 columbus locations:
1) (gahanna) 4681 morse rd. gahanna, oh 43230; 1-866-579-3289
2) (columbus) 833 bethel rd. columbus, oh 43214; 1-866-579-3289

swamp dog's music and more - a great little neighborhood music store in clintonville at the corner of como ave. & high st. the owner, russ volk, is a great guy and he always has some "off the beaten path" guitars, basses, amps, and misc. cool stuff. 3246 n. high st. columbus, oh 43202; (614) 268-0618 / 1-800-418-1184

german village music haus - bill foley has some really nice guitars and basses that aren't available at the big box stores. 350 s. grant ave. columbus, oh 43215; 614.228.8467

stanton's sheet music - this is the largest sheet music store in the city, and possibly in the state. this is a great place to look for instructional books, cds, and dvds as well as songbooks from your favorite artists. it's right around the corner from german village music haus. 330 s. 4th st. columbus, oh 43215; 614-224-4257 or 1-800-426-8742

columbus metropolitan library - it's technically not a retailer, but our library system has an incredible amount of books, cds, dvds, and magazines available for musicians. you can search online and have your materials delivered to your local branch for easy pickup. or, go down to the main branch and browse the shelves. it's definitely the cheapest way to learn!


online music retailers & reviews

harmony-central.com user reviews of guitars, basses, amps, effects, - before you buy ANY gear, make sure you read the user reviews here - i do.

musician's friend - new music gear - they own guitar center

sweetwater.com - excellent for computer and recording gear

8th street music - another good online music retailer.

american musical supply - another good online music retailer

zzounds.com - another good online music retailer

musictoyz.com - top shelf guitar pedals, amps, and accessories

analogman.com - this is THE guy for pedal modifications, handmade guitar pedals, and all-around great guitar tone - i use 2 of his modified ibanez TS-808 pedals, his modified boss ds-1, and his clone chorus pedal - nice!

ebay: musical instruments - like music-go-round, if you're careful and research well, you can save a lot of money through ebay.


local repair shops

fifth avenue fret shop - phil maneri's repair and custom guitar shop - this is where i take my instruments - in grandview: 1597 w. fifth ave. columbus, oh 43212; (614) 481-8300

j. thomas davis guitar maker - j. thomas davis specializes in repairing and building top shelf acoustic instruments. he fixed my les paul when it got knocked off of a stand and the headstock snapped completely off (he did an awesome job). in clintonville: 3135 n. high st. columbus, oh 43202-1125; (614) 263-0264

abell audio - pro audio repair (including guitar and bass amps and all electronics) - this is THE repair shop in town for amps - it's where i take mine. in grandview: 909 king ave., suite 300 columbus, oh 43212; (614) 299-2383


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