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We give you the best places to buy guitars, drums and other instruments. We list the best US retail instrument dealers as well as the best online music gear stores to buy from. 

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Where to Buy in Retail Stores

IMSO Organization is over 400 Independent Music Store Owners to Shop at

IMSO is a network of over 400 Independent Music Store Owners in the US helping support local and traveling Musicians. Help support local by shopping at them. To find the nearest one check out their store network. 

Helps you search for instrument retailers in US and Internationally

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53213
This is the most comprehensive site we have found that where you can search for music dealers/instrument retailers in all 50 US states and in 59 other countries. They give you the dealer name, state and link to each dealers website. The only challenge is they don't have a search by city navigation tool so you have click on each link and search the dealer website to see where they are located. There are thousands of dealers listed. But if you are on tour and in need of finding a music dealer for repair, strings or a new instrument this is a great site to help you find one.

Guitar Center

Guitar Center known for it's retail stores also has an extensive online store where you can find thousands of instruments and gear deals.

Music Dealer locater that has over 250 of the leading music stores in 45 states

You can search for the leading independent music dealers in over 45 states with this quick search by state feature. It has over 250 music dealer locations who are part of the Alliance for Independent Music Merchants (AIMM)

Sam Ash Music

Location: Hicksville, NY 11802-9047
There are 45 Sam Ash Musical Instrument Megastores nationwide located in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Custom Sound Intruments

Location: Flagstaff, AZ 86001

List of New York Music Dealers and Instrument Retailers

Location: New York, NY 10001
Music Powers directory of over 40 musical equipment retailers, guitar stores, piano & instrument rental places, and also equipment/instrument repair places, all in the New York area.

Where to Buy or Sell Gear On-line

IMSO Organization is over 400 Independent Music Store Owners to Shop at

IMSO is a network of over 400 Independent Music Store Owners in the US helping support local and traveling Musicians. Help support local by shopping at them. To find the nearest one check out their store network. 


Location: Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Sweetwater is a well respected online retailer with tens of thousands of items from pro audio gear to instruments and accessories.


Reverb is a large online marketplace for musicians. Users can buy and sell new or used gear, and every listed product has a quality rating from “Brand New” to “Not Functioning.” This feature allows users to find deals on “player grade” gear, with modified or heavily used equipment selling for significantly lower prices. Reverb also has useful features such as staff picks, gear-related articles, and pricing guides.

Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the largest retail music chain in the United States, with over 260 stores nationwide. Their online store has a wide range of products for practicing, performing, recording, and producing music. They regularly have sales, so check out their website for ongoing deals. 

Sam Ash

Location: Tampa, FL 33634
This site claims SamAsh.com offers the same incredible selection, low prices and personalized service that their music stores have been providing to music makers for over 80 years. Their goal is to be the best source for your music and sound gear needs. They have over 70,000 square feet of gear in stock at all times worth millions of dollars. They have a low price guarantee.

Same Day Music

The company guarantees all products ordered by 2PM EST will ship that day. It carries over 50,000 products and has over 250,000 monthly visitors.

American Musical Supply

Over 10,000 products offered and over 400,000 monthly visitors go hear to find their music gear.


Amazon is the largest online shopping website in the world. While their site is not tailored specifically to musicians, Amazon does have an extensive inventory of music gear and a massive consumer base, meaning that you can find products with hundreds of reviews at every price point. Amazon has worldwide shipping, fast delivery times, a wide range of products, and a trustworthy reputation.

Z Zounds

Location: Midland Park, NJ 07432
zZounds is a premier source of recording equipment, guitars, pianos, keyboards, software, mics, tuners, and music more. zZounds guarantees to beat any price, and there is a 30 Day price protection program. zZounds also offers very low shipping costs on equipment and in many cases shipping is absolutely free.


eBay is an online marketplace with an extensive catalogue of music gear. Their website has new listings, from authorized dealers, and used options from other users. eBay allows musicians to find a wide range of used instruments, gear, accessories, and parts at discounted prices. 

Musicians Buy Line

This website places your ad on-line within 48 hours and begins to market your instrument or equipment to MBL's extensive mail list. With Musicians Buy Line, there is no auction, no bidding and no back and forth.

Musician's Friend

Location: Medford, OR 97501-0168
Musician's Friend provides product reviews, full technical specifications and features, industry quotes, and in-depth reviews. Written by musicians who have actually tested the gear.

Instrument Care for Guitar, Drum & Amp

MusicNomad Equipment Cleaners & Polishes

MusicNomad Equipment Care Products offers premium and eco friendly cleaners, polishes and towels for guitars, amps, drums and cymbals. It's Guitar One is considered by many to be the best guitar polish in the market. Their Drum & Cymbal Polish is safe and effective to use. If you have an old amp, their amp cleaner for tolex is the most effective product available.


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