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Out this way is the House of Guitars in Rochester, NY. Someone's inevitably gonna say how great it is. It's big, and it's legendary, and there's a huge selection of gear - both vintage and new - but the service sucks, the guitars are crammed up on one another, the service sucks, the prices aren't that great, and did I say the service there sucks yet? I would order from GC before I give them anymore of my money.

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Atomic Music in Beltsville, MD (near DC). Lots of used gear at decent prices. The staff is very friendly. They don't make commission, so they don't try to sell you things when you don't really need them. Sometimes, that makes them a bit slow to help out too, but it's a trade I'll gladly take.

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Out this way is the House of Guitars in Rochester, NY. Someone's inevitably gonna say how great it is. It's big, and it's legendary, and there's a huge selection of gear - both vintage and new - but the service sucks, the guitars are crammed up on one another, the service sucks, the prices aren't that great, and did I say the service there sucks yet? I would order from GC before I give them anymore of my money.



Good to hear the HOG hasn't changed at all, lol. I bought my first guitar there back in the 80s. Your decription sounds all too familiar. I remember the lower level where the LPs were sold, what a mess. You would be walking over {censored} because stuff was so chaotically organized, if you could even call it that. About the polar opposite of a GC I would say.

I also live in upstate NY, small town, but a cool college town. Good live music scene here, with the big Grassroots fesitival held here every year. Two good little shops within 1 block of my office, the first one is small, but has a ton of stuff in it, no boutique pedals of any sort though :(http://www.guitarworks.com/index.html

The other is one of the better vintage guitar shops in the country, Rumble Seat Music. Very high end vintage guitars, once in a while there is something I could afford. I mostly go there to gaze in awe. http://www.rumbleseatmusic.com/

And 1 block from them was boutique amp builder Voodoo Amps, but they moved back into their home instead of a traditional "store" a few miles away. Awesome build quality though.http://www.voodooamps.com/home/

And a couple of miles away is another music shop that is starting to have some nice stuff, including G&L, Revered, Schecter and Jay Turser. I'm trying to get them to handle more boutique pedals and such - they're trying, new ownership and all. So all in all, not bad for a small little town, and no GC for 50 miles.

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