Guitar Equipment and Accessories Mercer Island WA

Having the right guitar equipment and accessories makes a difference. The longer you have been playing the more you know this is true. Serious musicians search for the best knowing it will intensify sound quality. Music is meant to be shared in Mercer Island, WA. Experienced personnel at guitar shops around Mercer Island can help you find what you are looking for to create the sounds and effects you desire to make. Below you will find local dealers for all of your guitar’s needs including guitar capo, pickups, strings, picks, cables, support, amplifiers, tuner pedals, cases, cables, effects and more.

Mills Music
(425) 643-3100
13500 Bel Red Rd Ste 28
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Bass Northwest
(206) 622-2277
119 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Emerald City Guitars
(206) 382-0231
83 S Washington St
Seattle, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Lark In The Morning
(206) 623-3440
1411 1St Ave
Seattle, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Blaze International
(206) 407-3775
300 Queen Anne Ave N # 118
Seattle, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Northwest Guitars
(541) 756-4171
13107 Ne 20Th St Ste 3
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Full time dedicated Service and Parts department specializing in stringed instrument repair and customization. Open Monday thru Saturday during our normal store hours.
Hours
11:00am to 7:00pm Monday thru Friday
11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday
12:00noon to 5:00pm Sunday

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Asharp Music Company
(425) 251-5929
204 Sw 43Rd St
Renton, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Bellevue American Music
(425) 641-5005
14340 Ne 20Th St
Bellevue, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Guitar set up, light amp repair. On site consulting. Speaker replacement etc.
Hours
M-F 10 to 7
Sat 10 to 6
Sun 11 to 6

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Capitol Music
(206) 622-0171
718 Virginia St
Seattle, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Mills Music Inc
(206) 240-0994
170 Front St N
Issaquah, WA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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13 Hard Rockin’ Half-Stacks, Guitar Player Staff

13-stackROCK AMPLIFIERS HAVE EVOLVED TO A HIGH DEGREE SINCE THE DAYS WHEN TONYIommi and Ritchie Blackmore laid the foundation for heavy rock guitar tonethrough their Laney and Marshall stacks. These English marques, along withother British and American companies such as Hiwatt, Orange, Mesa/Boogie,Peavey, and Soldano, paved the way for today’s high-gain, multi-channel heads,most of which have features that were unimaginable in the late ’60s, whenBlack Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin reigned supreme. As metalbecame a style unto itself, more and more amplifier companies stepped up tomeet the demands of players who wanted heads and combos that could deliverthe two essential sonic qualities—searing sustain and massive chunk—thatare about as commonplace now as footswitchable channels, independent tonecontrols, and high-powered output stages of up to 400 watts.

Look around most any music store now and you’ll find plenty of evidencethat the quest to improve and refine the tones created by overdriven tubes andtransistors continues. In terms of features, sounds, and price, Joe Six Pack neverhad it better. Fact is, you could probably pick a new half-stack blindfolded, takeit straight to the gig, and be reasonably satisfied with its performance. To betterunderstand the state-of-the-art in rock and metal rigs, we selected 13 tube,hybrid, and solid-state multi-channel amps and put them to the test using aSchecter C-1 loaded with EMG 81-X pickups, a PRS Custom 22, a Fender EricJohnson Signature Strat, and a Gibson ’68 Black Beauty Les Paul reissue. Mostof the amps we received came with matching speaker cabinets, and the onesthat didn’t were played though a Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 4x12, a cabinet knownfor its ability to stay tight and focused at punishing volumes.

We gave all of the amps a thorough shake out to evaluate the range andcomplexity of their tones, the amount of sustain they could generate, and evenhow loud they could get. For this last test we placed a RadioShack digitalsound level meter three feet from the speaker cabinet with its mic aimedstraight on at the speakers. Using the dBA setting on the meter, we turnedeach amp up as far as possible (excessive hiss was often the only limiting factor)on one of the overdrive channels, and banged out power chords until themeter gave its verdict. Testing 13 big amps presents lots of challenges—notthe least of which was the potential for hearing damage when exposed to themrunning at full volume. So for the loudness checks we went so far as to put avideo camera on our sound level meter, and played outside the sound lab withthe door closed—a method we’d highly recommend should you decide to trythis stunt for yourself.

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