McCabes Guitar Shop
McCabe's is a musical instrument store in Santa Monica, California, opened in 1958. We specialize in acoustic and folk instruments: guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers (both hammered and plucked), fiddles,psaltries, bouzoukis, sitars, ouds, ethnic percussion ... you get the idea. Also electrics and amps
All significant brands usually in stock. We sell, fix and teach, and have all the stuff that anyone would need to go with, including thousands of books and recordings. It's a nice, comfortable place to visit and try things out. Come by if you're in the area browsers and itinerant musicians welcome.
Great Little Venue for Local Talent to showcase. The small auditorium seats maybe 50 people. Sound is good. If it has strings you'll find it at McCabe's. Knowledgable and passionate about their craft, the staff is awesome. The walls are covered with stringed instruments of a types mocking a museum. Very Cool
Very friendly and excellent, attentive customer service in an authentic and fun folk music environment. Lots to rave about this place. One of the guitar techs replaced my guitar pick up for free - a nice gesture that will have me coming back and recommending them to other acoustic musicians. They are cool about musicians and people just dropping in to hang out, browse stuff and try their guitars. There are only a few music stores like this on the west coast.
But my first mandolin there. I open the show for John Fahey back in the early 70s at McCabe's great place for music!
I study with several teachers at McCabes (Dave Gage/harmonica, Rose Brant/piano, Jimmy DeVaca/accordion and Denny Croy/bass. All are fantastic instructors as well as world-class performers in their own right. I've also participated in Fred Sokolow's blues/bluegrass and country jams, which are incredibly illuminating - he knows (I'm pretty sure) every song ever written!! Highly recommend everything about McCabe's. The service is knowledgeable and genial, teachers great, and the concerts there are intimate affairs that will stay with you for a lifetime.
I bought a new guitar here this weekend, and it was a great experience. Everyone in the store was extremely helpful, and seemed to know a great deal about all of the guitars that I tried, steering me in the right direction while keeping my budget in mind. If I have to buy two or three or 12 more guitars in the future, I'll definitely be looking here first.