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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Acoustic guitar shops - San Clemente, CA area

Mark

Blaine, MN

Oct 25th, 2017 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We'll be spending some time in the San Clemente area for Christmas. Any recommendations on shops with a good selection of acoustics? I'm currently in the hunt for small body models, probably a Martin to go with my Taylor M522.

Too bad Buffalo Brothers is no longer around. I loved that place! Anything to recommend from San Clemente down to San Diego? I may have to head up to McCabe's if there isn't anything down south.

Thanks for the ideas!

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Oct 25th, 2017 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd go to The Fret House in Covina. Fine folks there and a decent but not overwhelming selection. Not too bad a drive from south Orange County mid-day.

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 25th, 2017 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

McCabe's is an institution but I suspect they don't have the guitar selection like they did in the 60's and 70's. If you get up to LA, Hollywood GC is a trip and then there's LA Guitars on Sunset. Ted at LA Guitars is one of the good guys.

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Oct 26th, 2017 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you are going that far go up to Norman's Rare Guitars in Tarzana. Vintage collectable, contemporary and used offerings.

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Idaho, USA

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Oct 26th, 2017 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Norman's!

Mark

Blaine, MN

Oct 26th, 2017 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer to stay south. Anything worth going to in San Diego? From the sounds of it I may just have to make the trek north ;-)

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 26th, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You will find more to the north than south.

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Oct 26th, 2017 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If San Diego is a must for other attractions try Freedom Guitar. They are out on El Cajon Blvd. but I haven't been there since they moved from downtown. It was quite cool then but it been years.

Go to the Taylor factory in El Cajon and take the tour. Be wary of holiday closing dates however.

"Yeah, Norman's!"

Money talks at Norm's. He's fun to do business with.

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Oct 27th, 2017 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're going the San Diego route don't have great expectations. As you mentioned, Buffalo Bros being gone leaves a huge void.

Touring the Taylor factory as Hammond101 noted might be the most interesting Guitar related thing you could do down here.

There is a fairly new shop called "Guitars San Diego" that deals in high end gear including Santa Cruz, Collings, Bourgeois, Mesa Amps and such. I checked out a guitar for Ragtop recently. Despite the gear they have the showroom is not that impressive. It's also in a strange part of town for a guitar shop.

Frankly, if you go the San Diego route I'd suggest doing other non-guitar type stuff.

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