Recommendations


MUSIC STORES

Earthshaking Music (Lakewood Heights)

648 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Atlanta Discount Music (Chamblee)

3514 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

Maple Street Guitars (North Buckhead)

3199 Maple Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


SHEET MUSIC / BOOKS

Opus Music (Decatur)

308 W Ponce de Leon Ave # D, Decatur, GA 30030


GUITAR REPAIRS

Intown Guitar Repair (Morningside)

Holgado Guitar Works (Decatur)

Maple Street Guitars (North Buckhead)


AMP / PEDAL REPAIRS

Acorn Amplifiers (East Atlanta)

1259 Glenwood Ave SE B, Atlanta, GA 30316


PIANO TUNER

Cooper Piano

1610 NE Expy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

PIANO MOVERS

Bennett Piano Movers


VIOLIN RENTALS

Voss Violins

Ponce Spring Lofts, B620 Glen Iris Dr NE #104, Atlanta, GA 30308


BEGINNER INSTRUMENT RECOMMENDATIONS


PIANO/KEYBOARD

Casio CTK2550 (129.95)

Casio CTK3500 (149.95)

Casio WK245 ($199)

Casio Privia ($499)….we have 2 of these at Guitar Shed


KIDS GUITAR

Electric

Squier Stratocaster ½ Size

Nylon

Lyons ½ Size Classroom

Steel

Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar


KIDS BASS GUITAR

Squier Bronco Bass


KIDS UKULELE

Kala KA-15 Soprano


ADULT GUITAR

Electric

Squier Stratocaster

Nylon

Cordoba C5

Steel

Yamaha FGX800C Dreadnought Cutaway


ADULT BASS GUITAR

Squier Affinity Series


ADULT UKULELE

Cordoba 15CM Concert


MANDOLIN / BANJO

Below are some recommendations from our teacher Max….

For banjos, I recommend getting the “5-string open-back” variety.  They are much easier to hold than the ones with resonators.  Here are a couple brands with entry level options that sound good and are easy to play:

Recording King dirty 30s

Deering Good Time

Gold Tone

For Mandolin, either A or F style is fine.  Here are a couple that I would recommend:

Ibanez M510OVS

The Loar Kentucky

Morgan Monroe


KIDS DRUMS

2019 Best Drum Sets For Kids

Pearl Roadshow Jr.


ADULT DRUMS

Pearl Export EXL

Note to Students and Parents from our drum teacher Zack….

Here’s a good example of what you’re looking for – complete set with cymbals and hardware (stands). Pretty easy to find on Craigslist or Reverb (like Craigslist but only for musical equipment).

Drumsets are referred to by number of pieces, but the pieces refer to drums only. So a 4-piece kit refers to kick drum, snare drum, mounted tom (aka rack tom), and floor tom. A 5-piece kit typically has two mounted toms. Cymbal setups and drum sizes can vary. Tom sizes will vary and don’t matter too much. Typical kick drum sizes are 20″ or 22″ which is fine for most kids. Small kids do better with an 18″ or 16″ kick drum which are becoming more and more common.

Buying online is your best bet, especially for a used set. Brick and mortar stores sometimes sell used gear, but usually sell drums, cymbals, and hardware separately. Beginner kits with cymbals and hardware included are available, but then you’re paying retail markup for a brand new set. Online, you can often get a better quality/more durable set with cymbals and hardware included for the same or less money.

Brands to look for include Gretsch, Pearl, Ludwig, Tama, DW, Mapex, Yamaha, PDP, Sonor, Ddrum, and Premier. Most of those companies make everything from student models to pro models, so prices will vary widely. Beware of drumsets marketed for kids, they are often glorified toys that won’t stand up to abuse. Better to buy a used set by a known manufacturer than a new one by a knock-off brand. Lookout for dented or torn drumheads, cracked cymbals, and stands that don’t adjust properly (screws stripped, parts bent, etc). These are either deal-breakers or price leverage, as you’ll have to replace them.