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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Earthshaking Music

Best Used Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Earthshaking Music

Best Used Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Atlanta Vintage Guitars Inc.

Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best soul soothing music store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Moods Music
Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is allmore...
Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is all about supporting the genre in all its glorious forms. Moods is also known for its special events, whether it's hosting in-store appearances for out-of-town artists such as Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote before a recently scheduled concert or throwing a listening party and meet-and-greet for Atlanta-based favorites like Anthony David. Besides carrying an extensive collection of CDs from hyperlocal to global acts, Moods has expanded its product line to include live performances and classic black films on DVD, a line of Moods Music T-shirts, and complimentary teas for regulars. And the couches provide a perfect place to lounge while vibing to the sounds. With nurturing like that, it's no wonder why the city's soul community continues to flourish. less...

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Runner-up: Firehouse Guitars & Music


2520 N. Decatur Road, 404-929-0012, www.guitarsatlanta.com


Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Runner-up
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best Resource For Would-Be Rock Stars BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Guitar Center
There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room formore...
There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room for acoustic guitars, and separate areas with keyboards, drum gear and pro audio. Looking for a 1958 Stratocaster? There's space set aside for rare guitars. The customer service is excellent and we just go ga-ga over all those Fenders and Gibsons. less...

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center
And other metro area locations.

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253; and other locations www.guitarcenter.com

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Earthshaking Music

Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Vintage Guitar
Way back in the day, guitar companies used to make 600 axes a year, as opposed to pumping out thousands of units per day. ATLANTA VINTAGE GUITAR specializes in those rare, high-quality guitars, mandolins, banjos, and amplifiers that rock stars and collectors drool over. Take, for instance, the 1955 Gretchmore...
Way back in the day, guitar companies used to make 600 axes a year, as opposed to pumping out thousands of units per day. ATLANTA VINTAGE GUITAR specializes in those rare, high-quality guitars, mandolins, banjos, and amplifiers that rock stars and collectors drool over. Take, for instance, the 1955 Gretch 6130 Les Paul-shaped hollow-body guitar with rhinestone-encrusted leather edging, on sale now for a measly $15,000. But you don't have to be that die hard, or rich, to find cool stuff. Case in point: a 1969 original Danelectro Silvertone, going for 100 bucks. Rock on. "561 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna. 770-433-1891." less...

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Discount Music
Since 1978, local musicians have made frequent trips to ATLANTA DISCOUNT MUSIC for all their equipment needs. ADM's commitment to the independent spirit and support of the local scene has made regular customers of typically picky and often hard-to-please artists. Local CDs and flyers are featured prominently.more...
Since 1978, local musicians have made frequent trips to ATLANTA DISCOUNT MUSIC for all their equipment needs. ADM's commitment to the independent spirit and support of the local scene has made regular customers of typically picky and often hard-to-please artists. Local CDs and flyers are featured prominently. A knowledgeable staff of music pros and a great selection of name-brand items have made the decidedly modest facade storefront a heaven for beginners, professionals and even a few celebrities to congregate, swap guitars and share advice. "3701 Clairmont Road. 770-457-3400. www.atlantadiscountmusic.com." less...

Best Musical Instruments Store BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253 and 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-980-9222 http://www.guitarcenter.com Sometimes bigger can be better. The Guitar Center offers an impressive selection of guitars, thankfully devoid of those inexpensive but vile, unplayable brands you'llmore...
1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253 and 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-980-9222 http://www.guitarcenter.com Sometimes bigger can be better. The Guitar Center offers an impressive selection of guitars, thankfully devoid of those inexpensive but vile, unplayable brands you'll find elsewhere. Also, basses, drums, keyboards, MIDI equipment, light gear and all the usual accessories, plus capable repair technicians. High sales volume lets the store sell at appealing prices, but for the most part it maintains a personal touch and an emphasis on musicians. less...

Best Musical Instruments Store BOA Award Winner

Mars Music

Best Used-musical Instruments Store BOA Award Winner

Midtown Music

Best Used-musical Instruments Store BOA Award Winner

Midtown Music
3326 N. Druid Hills Road 404-325-0515 http://www.midtownmusic.com Musicians seeking a distinctive sound to escape from the music industry's Fender/Gibson quagmire need look no further than Midtown Music. Sure, they've got plenty of Strats and Les Pauls (and at darn reasonable prices, too), but wheremore...
3326 N. Druid Hills Road 404-325-0515 http://www.midtownmusic.com Musicians seeking a distinctive sound to escape from the music industry's Fender/Gibson quagmire need look no further than Midtown Music. Sure, they've got plenty of Strats and Les Pauls (and at darn reasonable prices, too), but where else could an aspiring guitar hero find a perfectly working example of such a gloriously off-the-wall instrument as a vintage Teisco Del Rey Spectrum Five, the infamous Japanese luthier's nightmare from the '60s, which features three split pickups and output jacks for either mono or stereo? Cowabunga, dudes! less...

Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Guitar Center
Even the most hip and independent musicians shop here sooner or later. Some never admit it. Some go to their favorite local store, get a price and then head off to the "musicians planet" to make their purchase. Why? It's the unmistakable force of gravity — created by cheaper prices and huge volume.more...
Even the most hip and independent musicians shop here sooner or later. Some never admit it. Some go to their favorite local store, get a price and then head off to the "musicians planet" to make their purchase. Why? It's the unmistakable force of gravity — created by cheaper prices and huge volume. It's Wal-Mart for rock stars. The hipsters slide in and slide out and hope nobody recognizes them, until their cover is blown when they realize that the salesman was the drummer in their first band and the guy behind the counter is a former employee of the place where they used to buy all their stuff. less...

Best Used Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Midtown Music
If your uncle had been in a '70s rock band whose popularity was just shy of befitting a VH1 "Behind the Music," his basement might look like Midtown Music: dusty, full of memories and promise. Among the ever-shifting islands can be found guitars, basses, vintage synthesizers, drum machines and effectsmore...
If your uncle had been in a '70s rock band whose popularity was just shy of befitting a VH1 "Behind the Music," his basement might look like Midtown Music: dusty, full of memories and promise. Among the ever-shifting islands can be found guitars, basses, vintage synthesizers, drum machines and effects from rare to ratty. Trade-in is fair and there's no confusing trade talk, just the right tones. less...

Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Guitar Center
Sure, it's a big corporate chain store, but it scores major coolness points for putting a classic image of Duane Eddy on its giveaway postcard/coupons. Guitar Center's selection and buy-in-bulk prices are mighty hard to beat, even if some of those deep-discounted Fenders are cheap imports from Southmore...
Sure, it's a big corporate chain store, but it scores major coolness points for putting a classic image of Duane Eddy on its giveaway postcard/coupons. Guitar Center's selection and buy-in-bulk prices are mighty hard to beat, even if some of those deep-discounted Fenders are cheap imports from South of the Border. Besides, we love seeing those giant images of Brian Setzer and Jeff Beck on their outside walls as we drive past. less...

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