We Sell Tools
Occasionally, visitors in the store seem surprised that we don’t carry more expensive boutique lines and custom-made pieces. We understand: This is Guitar Town and we love over-the-top instruments as much as anyone—and we do carry several high-end, boutique brands.
So why wouldn’t a music store in Music City stock the most outrageous guitars? The answer is pretty simple: We think of ourselves as a store where creative people find tools. Not a gallery with art pieces or collectibles … but tools for making music. It’s the reason we have walls full of guitars, basses, keyboards and recording gear, all priced believably.
That’s not a slam on our competitors who sell expensive, boutique or vintage instruments and amps. We love that stuff! But our customers dictate what we sell.
• Session players want reasonable, reliable gear that sounds good and plays easily, session after session.
• Writers want decent-sounding acoustic guitars they can throw in a gig bag and haul around to writing appointments day after day.
• Touring pros want tough, brand-name guitars and amps that look and sound great onstage, but—sad fact of life—won’t be irreplaceable if they get damaged or stolen on the road.
• Engineers, producers and home recorders want mics and outboard gear that can take the grind of studio use, and not break the bank.
• Younger players and students want affordable instruments to learn on as they work up to the next level.
We tip our hats to the people who make, trade and collect rare, high-cost, exclusive instruments and recording gear (and we see a lot of that around Nashville). But we also love seeing our customers walk out with a new piece of gear that they can take straight to a gig, session or just to the house, and start making music.
Because after all, we’re not here to create or sell art. You are. We’re here to help. We provide musicians with the tools to make music.