The Best Local Music Stores in Nashville

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If you’re tired of going to Guitar Center for everything, Nashville has plenty of independent music shops. These places stock an impressive amount of instruments and gear, and many of them have been in business for decades. Here are Nashville Guru’s top picks for local music stores.

Corner Music

In 1976, Larry Garris opened the Corner Music store. Four decades later, it is still one of the most popular music shops in Nashville. You can buy pretty much anything music-related here—this is a gearhead’s independent go-to.

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Fork’s Drum Closet

Fork’s Drum Closet has been providing Nashvillians with drums and gear ever since 1982. The Wedgewood-Houston location is a frequent destination for both local and visiting musicians.

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Fanny’s House of Music

You’ll feel right at home at Fanny’s House of Music: a fun, friendly combination of music and fashion. Fanny’s focuses on vintage instruments and stagewear, so if you like one-of-a-kind finds, check out this eclectic shop in the Five Points neighborhood.

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Gruhn Guitars

Since 1970, Gruhn Guitars has shuffled around to four different locations, with its current—and most expansive—digs on 8th Avenue South. Owner George Gruhn needed all that space for his collection of vintage, new, and used guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and amps.

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Carter Vintage

You’re in great hands at Carter Vintage, considering its owners have a combined 50+ years’ worth of experience working with vintage guitars. Christie and Walter Carter also boast a dreamy 8,000-square-foot showroom to test-drive all their fretted instruments.

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Eastside Music Supply

Eastside Music Supply is East Nashville’s premier shop for new and used pedals, guitars, synths, and select pro audio gear. If you can’t make it to the store, shop online. EMS offers free shipping on all pedals new and used.

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Artisan Guitars

Artisan Guitars is home to Maton Guitars Nashville—the largest authorized Maton dealer in North America. Customers can expect top-notch and informative customer service. This guitar shop is situated in Track One and is open by appointment.

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Rumble Seat

When Rumble Seat Music moved to Nashville in 2016, it joined Carter Vintage and Gruhn Guitars to complete the vintage-guitar trifecta along 8th Avenue South. Owner Eliot Michael, who folded Rumble Seat’s California and New York locations into the Music City shop, curates sought-after premium instruments, resulting in a showroom that’s straight out of Wayne’s World.

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The North American Guitar

The North American Guitar is beloved by musicians of all experience levels. The store’s inventory—full of new and used small-shop and handmade guitars and mandolins—runs deep and is updated frequently on its website. Even if you’re not looking to buy, this place is worth a stop to look around in awe.

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Nashville New & Used Music

Another old-school offering, Nashville New & Used Music has been slinging six-strings and more since 1976. Known for its wide selection of gear as well as its knowledgeable staff, this place is one of the best (and most trustworthy) in town.

  • Neighborhood: South Nashville

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