FDP Forum / Acoustic guitar shops - San Clemente, CA area/ 9 messages in thread.

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Mark



Blaine, MN

Oct 25th, 2017 11:00 AM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Thanks for the ideas!



Hammond101

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Oct 25th, 2017 12:06 PM        

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.



Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

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Oct 25th, 2017 02:58 PM        

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.



Hammond101

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Oct 26th, 2017 01:58 PM        

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



Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

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Oct 26th, 2017 02:44 PM        

Yeah, Norman's!



Mark



Blaine, MN

Oct 26th, 2017 03:03 PM        

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 ;-)



Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

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Oct 26th, 2017 03:17 PM        

You will find more to the north than south.



Hammond101

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Oct 26th, 2017 04:13 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> Go to the Taylor factory in El Cajon and take the tour. Be wary of holiday closing dates however.<br /> <br /> "Yeah, Norman's!"<br /> <br /> Money talks at Norm's. He's fun to do business with.



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Oct 27th, 2017 08:25 PM        

If you're going the San Diego route don't have great expectations. As you mentioned, Buffalo Bros being gone leaves a huge void.<br /> <br /> Touring the Taylor factory as Hammond101 noted might be the most interesting Guitar related thing you could do down here.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Frankly, if you go the San Diego route I'd suggest doing other non-guitar type stuff.



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