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Business Description
In 1965, the Wineroth brothers, who had been doing live sound production for Jimi Hendrix and others, decided to start a small music store in a house on Bascom Avenue in San Jose. While partner and fledgling publisher Bud Eastman dreamed of bigger things for his nascent Guitar Player magazine, Gary and Barry were selling the guitars displayed in the showcase. And they haven't stopped since. Today's Guitar Showcase is the largest non-franchise music complex in Northern California. The Guitar Showcase facilities are home to the Showcase Swap Shop, the largest musical consignment and rental center in the bay area ; and the Showcase Music Institute, one of the finest instructional programs in the bay area ; as well as the retail branch, the Guitar Showcase Main Showroom, which has expanded to cater to the full range of your musical needs - from electric and acoustic guitars and basses, to instrument amplification and effects, to drums and percussion, to keyboards and professional audio. Also on the premises is the Vintage Vault, one of the world's premiere vintage instrument collections. This rock and roll museum houses examples of rare and unique guitars dating back to the 19th century: pre-war Martins, Les Pauls and Stratocasters from the 50's and 60's, one-off's and custom shop creations, and many of the most desirable makes and models in the guitar universe. So stop by and browse for that new guitar, or check into the Swap Shop for that hard-to-find piece of gear you've been looking for. Set up some lessons with one of our excellent instructors, or make Gary an offer he can't refuse on that '62 Strat in the Vault. Even bring by your broken gear, and we'll arrange repair for you.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (408) 377-3701

Fax: (408) 377-3701

Services/Products
  • Music CDs & Tapes
  • Guitars
Brands
Fishman, Mesa Boogie, Seymour Duncan, takamine
Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, check, discover, master card, visa, paypal
Neighborhoods
Willow Glen, Cambrian
Categories
Musical Instrument Rental, Musical Instruments, Music Instruction-Instrumental, Guitars & Amplifiers
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average

Bike Parking: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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bub boy

01/30/2008

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Overall
Most knowledgable staff around!

Guitar Showcase is a great place to go to get answers to questions you can't find anywhere else. They have such a knowledgable staff their and they are always willing to spend time with me and walk me through things that I don't understand. I go there for everything I need for my band and they always treat me right, they have great prices and will actually give you a discount on some things just for asking. TIP: Almost all of the retail prices you see on the tags on everything in their store are not the prices you will pay, most of the stuf is discounted so if you are not sure just ask and most of the time you will get a discount off of retail. PLUS, they just put in this WAY COOL new Roland Showcase upstairs in their Pro Audio department and it has all the latest and greatest stuff from Roland and Boss and Edirol. It so cool with Flat panel TV's everywhere and really cool computer set-up and all, its worth look just to check that out!

reedandson

11/29/2007

Overall
Guitar Showcase Kills the competition

Entering Guitar Showcase, you immediatly Hear, Feel , and see the differnce from the competiton. The staff is amongst the most knowledgable in the industry, and the selection can not be beat. I can almost gurantee you that they have the item you want. When calling the competition, I was put on hold for over 5 Mins. But at Guitar Showcase, My question was answered, my order was held for me, and I was a happy customer in less than 1 minute. Now, Thats service. Thanks Guitar Showcase

billgaytes

02/27/2006

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Overall
disappointing and unprofessional

My son took a few months here with the disappointing unprofessional garage band musicians and we were not happy.

steves_angel

09/19/2003

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Overall
Guitar Showcase/Showcase Music Institute

This place has it all!
Huge Variety for New and Vintage Items! Consignment shop buy sell used equipment
B-Stock Items
RENTALS
and to complete the package........
MUSIC LESSONS~Private
Guitar
Bass
Vocal
Drums-Percussions
Sax Flute Clainet
Piano Keyboard
Violin
Ear Training
MUSIC LESSONS~Group
Guitar and Bass only

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