You can’t rock and roll all night — nor party every day — without a guitar. If you’re ready to move past Guitar Hero and get in touch with the six-string rebel burning inside, check out one of Calgary’s best guitar shops.
For Those About to Rock: Axe Music
Rocking the block since 1980, Axe is devoted to building, stocking and selling gear to pro musicians. The shop just underwent a major axespansion, so the selection of vintage Gibsons and classic Fender bodies is bigger than ever. 4114 Macleod Tr. SE, 403-243-5200.
Money Changes Everything: Long & McQuade
A trusted destination for musicians across Canada, L & M has a huge selection of electric and acoustic guitars, and private rooms to test their limits. L & M also offers great financing plans if you jam econo. 105 58th Ave. SW, 403-244-5555.
Rock the Casbah: Vintage Music
This timeless indie shop offers tons of classic guitars and accompanying gear at reasonable prices. Whether you want to buy, sell, trade or consign, Vintage has what you need. 2114A 14th St. NW, 403-338-2088.
Greatest Hits: Guitarworks
If you can judge a store by the size of its guitar pick, then Guitarworks rules, with four stores through the city. They may lack patience for “Sunday browsers” but serious students will benefit from their lessons, repairs and more.
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