Ive shopped central in welland as well. Extremly nice people, more then willing to let you plug in and play for as long as you want, and try different stuff. I got my Epiphone Casino there. (funny story, i ran into the guy that sold it back used at a show i was playing, he asked to see my guitar, asked where i bought it and i found out he was the first owner)
I now do my shopping at rays music in cranbrook, or just music, also in cranbrook
I prefer rays, just music has lower end stuff.
I discovered morgan acoustics at rays, gorgeous guitars, with a hell of a price tag (2,500$)
I've been hanging out at John Bellones ( http://www.bellonesmusic.com ) since the early 80's in high school. Always have treated me very well and I have no issues recommending them to friends and associates. Bought a lot of gear there again this past year. I haven't even been in any of the other London stores in a few years.
Have shopped at Long & McQuades in TO and Calgary. Bought an acoustic at Guitar Works in Calgary back in 1997.
Another shop that used to be a little mom 'n' pop moved and grew up. Checkout The Arts Music Store in Newmarket www.theartsmusicstore.com HUGE selection of guitars and amps including some boutique stuff, great service, no ties (sorry, just had to put that in...), and some guys who really know what they're talking about. Twenty+ years old and growing daily.-Eric
You have to included The Hands On Music Company located in Bowmanville Ontario in this list. Not limited to just guitars these days, however it was started by a true Canadian guitar nut. The Canada Six String Nation guitar has been mentioned numerous times on this site. Well the guy who built it, (George Rizsanyi) started this little business many years ago. When he decided to give up the retail end and concentrate on building guitars Huck Balson took it over. He has since sold it to Dan Welsh. Now here is a young player who's trying to make a go of it and doing things right. He's building a solid little business around a core group of people. He's concentrating on lessons for all instruments and selling lower cost units to help the young students. He does however have some higher end items and custom built Wolf guitars and the occasional Rizsanyi. He does good repairs and has finished his first "built from scratch" acoustic. I have found him to be very pleasant, knowledgeable and eager to help. I live over an hour away and I go to him, so should you.
If you're in the area spend a few bucks more and help this young guy out. L&M won't miss the sales. Tell him "the Dreamer" sent ya.
I've purchased guitars at Folkway Music in Guelph, Songbird in Toronto and these folks are excellent to deal with.
I've also purchased new guitars/gear at Murphy's Music in Niagara Falls.
Good local store.
Not fond of Long and McQuade, they won't negotiate, at least with me.
Steves in Toronto is way too busy and cluttered for me.
12th fret is also a nice store.
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