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GALLERY: 20 Coolest Guitar Stores in the US - Volume 2

The second half of our gallery, chosen by PG readers, is here!

The 20 Coolest Guitar Shops in the US, Vol. 2
"We asked PG readers what is the coolest guitar shop they've been to in the US. Last month, we gave you the first 10яFullerуs Vintage Guitar, Guitar Showcase, Lark Street Music, Makeуn Music, Normanуs Rare Guitars, Real Guitars, Rumble Seat Music, TrueTone Music, Chuck Levinуs Washington Music Center, and Willieуs American Guitars. In this second volume we conclude our list of 20. But, we know there are still a lot of great shops that we havenуt covered. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments!"

Check out Volume 1 here!

The trio bandleader and Jason Mraz backer breaks down her journey through guitar academia, how to play with other musicians, and whether theory still matters.

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A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

Summons a wealth of engaging, and often unique, boost, drive, distortion, and fuzz tones that deviate from common templates. Interactive controls.

Finding just-right tones, while rewarding, might demand patience from less assured and experienced drive-pedal users. Tone control could be more nuanced.

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Danelectro Nichols 1966
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The Danelectro Nichols 1966, in spite of its simplicity, feels and sounds like a stompbox people will use in about a million different ways. Its creator, Steve Ridinger, who built the first version as an industrious Angeleno teen in 1966, modestly calls the China-made Nichols 1966 a cross between a fuzz and a distortion. And, at many settings, it is most certainly that.

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The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

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