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« on: May 25, 2010, 12:50:58 AM »

For some reason, I feel like Nashville would be the best place to aquire a new axe.  My desire is for a hollow/semi, used probably, Epiphone probably (but not afraid of a  nice Hagstrom or Agile, or a miracle Gibson find).  I have about $500 to spend.    I only have a few hours on Saturday morning, and maybe a few more on a Sunday (next weekend).  

Anyone know where I should go to shop while in Nashville?


Anyone want to go test our some in that range and pick the best before I get there? 

   
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 12:55:29 AM »

Larry (lw216316) is the one to ask. He lives there and spends a lot of time in music stores. E-mail him.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 01:32:31 AM »

Do a search for Nashville. There have been previous threads that asked the same question.

There's Gruhn's of course. And in Franklin (about 30 minutes from downtown) I recommend Artisan Guitar, good prices, big selection.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010, 02:22:34 AM »

Best stocked Guitar Center in the country is in Nashville... Everywhere is is going to have higher priced stuff for sure... Cotten, Gruhn and Artisan to name a few.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2010, 01:26:36 PM »

Looking for a specific used guitar like that -
  you are much more likely to find one on ebay or craigslist etc.

If it were me I would do my homework first before you get to Nashville.

Most of the guitar stores here have their used inventory listed online -
so I 'd check that out
and I'd make some calls to the stores

You can google Nashville and these store names to see inventory and get phone numbers

Gruhns
Cotten
Corner
Artisan ( in nearby Franklin )
Guitar Center
Sam Ash
Nashville new and used
Big Joe's  ( Madison )
The Guitar Gallery  ( White House )

Those are the ones I'm most familiar with.
You could google to find more in the area.

Also, for the type of guitar you are looking for -
you might be just as likely to find one in a pawn shop here
just be careful - a lot of guitars were damaged in the big flood a few weeks ago - buyer beware

- hope you enjoy your visit to our area

- Larry

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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010, 08:56:40 PM »

Thanks everyone, Larry-

Any particular pawn shops worth checking?  I'll comb craigslist over the next couple of days.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010, 11:44:38 PM »

I was in Nashville in January.  I hit a lot of the finer guitar stores looking for a specific Gibson.  Checked Craiglsist, too.  Nothing.  The day we get home I spotted the guitar I was looking for on ebay, of all places in Nashville!  Should have checked ebay while I was there.
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010, 12:52:06 PM »

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  Any particular pawn shops worth checking?

none in particular -
if you google   NASHVILLE  "PAWN SHOP" you will get a nice list with phone numbers

If you call some of the Nashville guitar shops and they don't have something then you might ask them if they
could recommend a pawn shop that is known to carry guitars.

....just be careful ....there was a huge flood a few weeks ago...
There was a storage company close to the river that lots of Nashville entertainers used to store guitars and other musical equipment.
It was flooded and many guitars were in the water. Some of those could make their way to the used market.

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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2010, 09:18:22 AM »

If you aren't stuck on Nashville, Willcutt Guitars in Lexington, KY is a great shop, and a Larrivee dealer. They are about two hours northeast of the Nashville area. You can check out their inventory on their website.  They may have something in your price range that isn't listed online.

It is worth the trip just to go to the second floor and see the custom rooms... some of the most exquisite models I've seen, and a few high end Larrivee models built by Jean himself.
 
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2010, 04:03:54 AM »

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Nashville, thanks for all the advice.  My favorites were Cotten (for novelty and a Collings 00 sunburst), Corner music for selection and great staff, and Guitar Center for being like a freakin' museum with instruments you can just take down and play.  Didn't buy anything.  Convinced I need a Sheraton and will buy one when I get back to Phoenix.

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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2010, 02:27:04 PM »

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Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Nashville, thanks for all the advice. 
My favorites were Cotten (for novelty and a Collings 00 sunburst), .

ah yes, that sweet little Collings sunburst....
and there was a 000 Collings too - a brownish sunburst I played that was really nice
( I seriously considered buying it before I ended up buying a Huss & Dalton OO a little later )

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  Corner music for selection and great staff, 
- yes , I like the low-key approach - and the cozy little practice room with a stool and a couch
did you notice the good selection of Larrivee's they have ?

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  Guitar Center for being like a freakin' museum with instruments you can just take down and play. 

that's a good description !   and how about that wonderful circular bench where you can sit and play ?
and the 'special' room with all the high end guitars !
They have never high pressured me and I was always able to play as many guitars as I wanted to.

I take it you did not have time to visit Gruhn's.

glad you had a nice visit to Nashville 

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