fredericton's tony's music box had a stellar martin re-issue the last time i was there (a few months back), not vintage, but holy cow it was a good guitar. in ontario there is guelph's folkways music, who always has an excellent selection of fine vintage and new guitars to play (old martins and gibsons, new scgc, larrivee, and more). if you're considering going that far for an acoustic, you'd be better off going to mandolin bros and gruhns in new york city, really. exciting to be looking for something that nice, eh? let us know what you end up with, so we can all hate yer guts
CME is way over the top on prices and extremely high retail on their stuff..I have read on boards they are not always upfront and hear bad things although I have NEVER dealt with them...except for trying to get a return phone call from them and after a half dozen calls to them last year about a guitar I just gave up on them
I was just there with my son. They have the most incredible inventory of guitars I have ever seen. The stuff there is the REAL thing! And they let you try ANYTHING you want. The prices my be high, but remember, most of their guitars are vintage. I would certainly only buy after personally paying them a visit and trying the guitars out. Their acoustic section is much smaller.
Another place to visit is : http://www.larkstreetmusic.com/ . Buzzy, the owner is a crusty old guy with VERY dry sense of humor. He also has a most impressive collection.
I'd also recommend you check out Mandolin Bros., on Staten Island, N.Y.
They are acoustic specialists, with great selection, very fair prices on used guitars, and discounts for non-credit-card purchases. I was there in person about 18 months ago and the store is really fantastic. As a buyer/player, a great experience to be able to pick up whatever you like and play it unbothered by employees.
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