Guitar Retailers Carpentersville IL

As evidenced by the ten guitars we selected for this roundup, which range from $249 to $655street, you get quite a lot of performance no matter how much you have to spend.

Dr. Woods Guitar Emporium
(847) 639-9683
310 Lincoln Ave
Fox River Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Village Music
(847) 426-7541
1270 Greenacres Ln
Elgin, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Consolidated Music
(847) 381-0164
125 Barrington Commons Ct
Barrington, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
All guitar repairs
Band instrument repairs
Electronic repairs
Hours
Mon-Thurs 11-8
Friday 11-6
Saturday 9-5:30
Sunday Closed


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Dr Eddies Goodtime Music
(630) 837-3733
3 W Streamwood Blvd
Streamwood, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
Monday - Friday 12:30PM - 9:00PM
Saturday 11:30AM - 6:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM

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Schaumburg Music Center
(847) 891-1260
1429 W Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Weavers Music
(847) 741-8418
865 Summit St
Elgin, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs are available on Guitars, Bass Guitars, Violins, and Violas.
Hours
Monday and Thursday 10:00am to 8:30pm
Tuesday and Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 2:00pm
Closed Wednesday and Sunday

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Nicks Music Store
(847) 697-2010
437 Raymond St
Elgin, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Piano Trends Music Co
(815) 477-4266
35 Berkshire Drive
Crystal Lake, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Piano Trends Music Company is the only Chicago area Music store that offers complete repair in Pianos, Guitars and Band instruments. Our Piano Tuning service extends throughout The Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin. We provide loaner instruments at a reasonable cost if your instrument is out for repair.
Hours
Monday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Thursday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday 09:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM

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Players Bench
(815) 459-8614
87 N Williams St
Crystal Lake, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Slowhand Music
(847) 985-0282
532 W Wise Rd
Schaumburg, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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10 Budget Solidbodies

GETTING THE MOST FOR THEIR MONEY IS ON EVERY SHOPPERS' mind these days. And with so many guitars available for very reasonable prices, probably the toughest part about searching for a new ax is sortingt hrough the huge assortment of what’s available to find something that inspires you to play. Is it the sweet ring of single-coil pickups through a clean Fender amp that gets your mojo working, or are humbuckers pummeling a Marshall more your calling? Need the speed that a guitar with a thin neck and a flat fretboard provides or do you prefer the feel of a fatter, vintage style neck? Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a happening guitar, but when it comes to price, we can all agree that the more you get for what you have to spend, the better things are. As evidenced by the ten guitars we selected for this roundup, which range from $249 to $655street, you get quite a lot of performance no matter how much you have to spend—if only that were the case when it comes to buying a new car or computer.

As our past roundups have revealed, guitars in this category can be quite impressive in terms of workmanship and playability, with the pickups tending to be the main things that could stand improving. This time, however, it’s been surprising to see some of the lower cost guitars delivering high-quality tones that are a direct result of improved pickups. Obviously guitar designers have come to recognize that it doesn’t pay to skimp on such an important element, which only makes sense considering how much effort goes into make sure that the finishes are glass smooth, the hardware is solid, and the setups are happening. So next time you pick up a guitar that sounds good, plays in tune, feels great in your hands, and is fairly priced, show a little appreciation for the company that built it and the store that hung it on the wall, and buy it!

We tested these guitars on gigs and in our studios using a variety of amps, which included a Dr.Z Remedy head though a Dr. Z 2x12 cabinet, a Mesa/Boogie Electradyne 2x12 combo, a Fender ’65Deluxe Reverb reissue, and an Orange Tiny Terror Handwired Edition and a new Peavey Masterbuilt50—both of which we ran through a Bogner 1x12 loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30.

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