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A fascinating online gear shop selling only high-quality guitar and other insane audio equipment that they personally use. Products range from synthesizers (both hardwired and modular) to sequencers, effect processors, recording gear, control interfaces and so much more. They have an incredible selection of very odd analog effects that will push the limits of any experimental electronic artist.
Analogman not only produces some of the finest boutique effects inspired by classic vintage tones, but he also has some of the best customer service around. We’re happy to tout him as a premier online guitar store when shopping for boutique pedals. He has quite a selection, and he always packs some tasty goodies (stickers, etc.) along with your order.
Buffalo Brothers (Out of Business)
Located in Carlsbard, California, Buffalo Brothers Guitar Shop has been offering some of the best guitars in the world since the early 1970s. This shop was founded by Bob Page, who changed the name to Traditional Music in the 80s. Through their focus on acoustic guitars, they became top US dealers for Taylor and Goodall guitars, which is an incredible feat. James Hood, previously the in-house guitar repair technician, bought the company from Bob when he retired in 2011. They carry acoustic guitars from Collings, Bourgeois, Dell’ Arte, Goodall, Froggy Bottom, Martin, Taylor and more. Their in-stock electric guitars include brands like Gibson, Heritage, Gretsch and PRS. They also buy/sell a number of vintage electric guitar amps as well. They sell some guitar effects, but the selection is limited.
Known as one of the premiere fine guitar shops in the United States, Chicago Music Exchange provides one of the most incredible day trip experiences when visiting Chicago. Their plush couches and relatively sound-proof rooms make auditioning their incredible guitars, amps and huge guitar effects selection a treat. You’re guaranteed to spend hours here, so it’s the perfect getaway when the wife is shopping down on Michigan Ave.
Located in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, this guitar shop offers tons of Fenders, Gretsch guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Gibson and even more specialty guitars from luthiers like Tom Anderson, Collings, Suhr. They have tons of vintage instruments for sale, so if you’re ever in the Wisconsin area…check them out.
Constantly touted by gearmandude, this online guitar store stocks loads of boutique goodies. All the modern day classics are in stock and free shipping can be had.
Musictoyz has evolved its name since it first openend its physical retail shop doors in the late 1990’s. It started off as EFXS Unlimited, which changed to Gaspedal/SynthandSound.com, and currently Musictoyz. All along, this online guitar store has always had the the same goal of being the hip, boutique alternative to the online guitar mega stores.
Located in Portland, Oregon, Pro Guitar Shop has become one of the leading boutique guitar stores in the world. They sell some of the most incredible electric guitars, amps and pedals being made today. But this is not what makes them so great. They have led the guitar retailer industry into the modern age of web experiences for guitarists through groundbreaking video demonstrations, a Standout Stompbox page (curating their most recommended pedals) and their Demo It Live sound library…which allows guitarists to connect their smartphone, laptop or iPod Touch to their amp via an 1/8″ to 1/4″ cable. Truly innovative.
Tone Factor was launched by Brad Fee (an original Mustic Toyz forum member) in Louisiana. His business survived Hurrican Katrina and continues to offer some of the world’s best analog guitar pedals. They carry many pedals that you won’t find at other online guitar stores, even other boutique online guitar stores. Tone Factor likes to introduce new, up-and-coming guitar effect designers to the market. Of course, ToneFactor also carries some staples in the guitar equipment world, like Electro-Harmonix and HAO. Various guitar accessories are available at this online guitar store as well. Give them a look.
Acoustic Guitar Stores
This is one of the finest acoustic guitar shops in the country. Located in Lexington, MA, just outside of Boston, The Music Emporium’s walls are adorned with modern boutique and vintage acoustics that are highly sought after. They have a very friendly and knowledgeable staff who can also recommend some of the finest preamps, install the truest pickups and repair the most beloved instruments. The town is quaint, so make a day trip if you visit their actual location.