Guitar Retailers Evanston 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.

Flynn Guitars & Music
(847) 491-0500
2522 Green Bay Rd
Evanston, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Guitar Works Ltd
(847) 475-0855
709 Main St
Evanston, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music House
(773) 761-3770
2925 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Chicago Stringed
(773) 728-8606
5418 N California Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Different Strummer
(773) 751-3398
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Re Brune Luthier
(847) 864-7730
800 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Gand Music & Sound
(847) 446-4263
780 W Frontage Rd
Northfield, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Harmony Piano & Organ Co
(773) 334-4400
5909 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Classax
(773) 275-6289
5413 N Bowmanville Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Kims Intl Music
(773) 725-7700
4200 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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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