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Anyone have experience with Dave's Guitar Shop in Wisconsin?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Metal Jockey, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Does anyone have any experience with this retailer? They're not local to me and I'm possibly interested in purchasing from them online. They are an authorized dealer for many major brands and seem to have a decent inventory.

    Mods, please move this thread if it's not in the correct forum section. Thanks.
  2. Dave's has been around a long, long time. They specialize in vintage and higher end gear. Dave Rogers (owner) has got a great reputation.

    I bought a new LP from them back in '93 and it was a good experience.
  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Great shop with great people.

    It is always one of my destination places when I want to go on a nice bike ride down the river road
  4. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    Another +1 for Dave's. The biggest inventory I've ever seen at a brick and mortar store, knowledgeable and helpful sales staff, and they have been in business a long time. If you ever get a chance to visit in person, by all means do it. The 2nd floor is filled with collector guitars and amps - pretty much one of everything ever made and some really cool, rare and downright bizarre gear.
  5. Thanks guys!
  6. IzzyHag


    Nov 25, 2012
    They are the greatest people to deal with. They come down off the M.A.P. by 12-20% if you just ask them. As a lefty I marvel at their inventory as it's not just your standard garbage most places have for us. After the first time I went there I told my buddy that now I know how fishing/hunting nuts feel like after they've been to Cabela's. I could spend a week there.
  7. mournblade


    Nov 19, 2006
    Roanoke, TX
    I bought my explorer from them, traded in my 84 on a 2012 they had. Super easy to work with, gave a fair trade in price, had a almos new 2012 for under a grand. Would not hesitate to do business with them again.
  8. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
  9. Jackster007


    Sep 30, 2011
    awesome place and yes it is in LaCrosse, WI. great place and well worth the trip!
  10. superflybass


    Feb 16, 2004
    La Crosse WI
    Glad you like the bass it was a pleasure dealing with you

  11. mournblade


    Nov 19, 2006
    Roanoke, TX
    Hey Bryan, happy holidays to you all! I would be more gushy, but I am a Bears fan, and well, you are in the land of the cheese heads....
  12. georgiagoodie

    georgiagoodie It's all fun&games 'til the winged monkeys show up Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Great store!
    I've bought axes there!
    Go DAVE!
  13. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I also highly recomend Dave's Guitars. I've bought 2 Rickenbackers from them, one at a guitar show here in Texas, and another one online, and by phone. Both were perfect, and the guitar show price was unbelievably low, (an '05 620/12 mapleglo for $1000). The last one was my beloved 4004Cii. Awesome shop, awesome people.
  14. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    Dave's is a great place to purchase basses. I love to visit just to see "the collection" upstairs.
  15. superflybass


    Feb 16, 2004
    La Crosse WI
    Yah. We have a few cheesehead a in Wisconsin. We are on the boarder of Wisconsin and Minnesota. So there is a big Vikings / packers split
  16. superflybass


    Feb 16, 2004
    La Crosse WI
    Next time you are in the shop please introduce yourself to me.
  17. Just as a follow-up to my original inquiry about Dave's Guitar Shop -

    After all the positive feedback on both this forum and over on the RRF forum, I went ahead and ordered a new Rickenbacker 4003 in Jet Glo and my transaction with Dave's was fantastic. As some of you already know, Bryan Butler is their bass guy and I must have spent a good 45 minutes on the phone with him before I placed my order. During our discussion, Bryan physically inspected the guitar and described the different parts to me in detail to ensure that this was a good one. He went over the neck, nut, bridge, pickups, string action and the finish. He was very patient in answering all my questions and even asked some questions of me.

    When the bass arrived, I was extremely pleased with it and have been enjoying it since. I paid slightly more than some of the other recommended online retailers, but Dave's was the only one that had a Jet Glo in stock, so I was happy to pay the extra money to get it and it was still a great deal. Other than this transaction, I have no affiliation with Dave's Guitar Shop, but I can wholeheartedly recommend them as a great retailer for anyone in the market for a Rickenbacker bass or any other instrument.

    Thank you Bryan! :bassist:
  18. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Just picked up a Fender Dimension Standard V (my first USA Fender!) from Dave's at an insane price.
  19. c10


    Apr 10, 2005
    Naperville, IL
    Great in person and mail order (my wife ordered me a Ric 360/12 from Dave's). I chatted with Dave a little bit the last time I stopped in.