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Good music shops in Boston?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by altamont, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. I'm in vacantion in Maine right now and we're heading to Boston tomorrow for the day. Are there some cool music shops that I shouldn't miss while I'm over there?

    Thanks guys!
  2. Ooh, goin' to the UFC event? If not, skip the music stores and head to the event. There's nothing like an evening of some good violence.
  3. CoarseBass


    Dec 28, 2002
    ...no. I can't say there is anything worth spending a limited time budget on. All Music in Allston is neat, but mostly Mexican fenders.
  4. twocargar

    twocargar Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Manchester, NH
    There's a good one in Manchester, NH (KINDA on the way-ish) called Manchester Music Mill. They are moving locations next weekend so they are having a major sale next week, M-F. Good bunch of people there, good prices too.

  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Boston isn't what it used to be, vintage guitar-wise. Guitar Center has pretty much put most places out of business. A couple places worth going to, though -

    Mouradian Guitars. Located in Winchester, maybe 8 miles north of downtown. Excellent selection of used gear at reasonable prices.

    Mike's Monster Guitar. On Mass Ave in Cambridge, right in between Harvard and MIT. It's a funky shop with a fun selection of guitars, along with vintage toys and subculture tchotchke. A friend of mine recently picked up a '66 P-bass here, and got a smoking deal on it.

    Mr. Music. In the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The selection is a day to day thing, and the prices - though not crazy - do stretch toward the high side. Still, worth a visit.
  6. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004

    The answer is none bro

    Enjoy your vacation . Guitar center has ur normal stuff.
    If u want stambaughs , spectors. Ear craft music in Dover but its 20 min outta the way in nh.

    Mouadian is all guitars but a great repair shop.

    Mr music is meh
  7. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I drop in on Jim at least once every couple of months and there's always at least 10-15 basses for sale.
  8. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Tunetown is in wells ME, worth a shot

    You stay in Ogunquit? I'm going to York ME next week
  9. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Yeah, used stuff, nothing worth that far of a trip off the highway right? I live 10 minutes from it
  10. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
    I second this! Love this store. Plus, no sales tax in N.H.!

    Guitar Center has pretty much taken over the Boston area (Danvers, Boston, Natick, and North Attleboro).
  11. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
    I've found Ear Craft to be very expensive. I wasn't impressed with their selection either. It was cool to visit (I love checking out mom & pop music shops), but I wouldn't shop there.
  12. There's a white, 2nd generation (pj mfd pickups) G&L SB2 with a pre lawsuite headstock, black crinkle paint on bridge and pickguard, maple neck and fretboard at HEI music in Nashua NH
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Mr Music has some good used basses sometimes, but nothing great right now. Lots of standard mexican fenders and squiers. A couple US jazzes. 0 US precsions IIRC. A used Tobias I think. Perhaps an overpriced used Gibson. Most of the prices are high. That said, I love that shop, simply because its in my neck of the woods and I can go on the regular.
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Every time I've been to Mouradian's shop, they've had 25-30 basses hanging on the wall. Mostly used, name brands (not 99% Squier or Schecter like GC) and all at decent prices.
  15. I miss Daddy's...
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Is Bay State Music still on Hunnington Ave ?
    Craig Jones has some nice vintage stuff.
    Have not been there in 3 years.
    Great guy to deal with.
  17. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I haven't been to Bay State in years, but every time I went there, his prices were obscenely expensive. I mean, not just overpriced - extremely overpriced. I found the proprietor to be off-putting, myself.
  18. I moved from Mass in 1995 and haven't been back much, only once in 14 years, but I used to go to Hanover music in Hanover, and Central music and Brockton music in Brockton. Both towns are south of Boston maybe about 30 minutes or so.
  19. Titania


    Aug 17, 2012
    Shirley, MA
    The Boston Guitar Center is BIG and usually has some unusual stuff in. I bought my Bergantino cab there.

    There's also a nice shop near Nashua, NH called Guitar Gallery that carries Ricks, as well as nice Fenders.

    I 3rd the Manchester Music Mill. Cool folks and some nifty gear can be found there.
  20. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    If you were still in Maine, I would definitely suggest Buckdancers. It generally has a pretty good selection of stuff, and I believe has a few Lakland Skylines (including the hollowbody which I've been meaning to check out) and some Warwicks, not just the Rockbass stuff but true German warwicks (I want to say they still have the Thumb bass i tried a few months ago. Great tone, but I swear it weighed 12 pounds). They also have a really cool selection of your non-standard guitars, including cool vintage pieces (some old vox, used to have a Guild Starfire, old Rick, some old Gibsons).