Guitar Store Hopping in Birmingham
On November 25th, my sons John and
Adam went with me to take 2 of our grandsons guitar store hopping in
Birmingham. Its where you go from guitar store to guitar store
window shopping, kind of a "guy's day out" for musicians.
Our first stop was at Bailey Brothers at Five Points South. It's
probably the nicest guitar store in the Birmingham area.
Our family drummers went straight to their element.
But you and I both knew where the guitarists would end up.
It's not easy to silence a drummer but the sales people found
a way. Headphones and electronic drums did the trick!
Next stop was Highland Music on University and 31st. It has a lot
of Vintage goodies. I got a great deal on a 30 watt Line-6 Spider
III modeling amp here. It only cost half the price of a new
one. We were really impressed by the quality sound of it.
Highland is a nice store with nice people and a great selection of
Some of the most famous guitars and amps in existance can be found
here. Here's a 1930s model Rickenbacker lap steel. It was
the first guitar ever to feature an electromagnetic pickup, a common
When I was a kid these guitars would have been considered 2nd
rate. They were the cheapest for their day. Now they're
collectors items: Stella, Kay, Harmony, and Silvertone are now famous
Probably the most interesting music store I've ever seen was in
Vestavia Hills. This store sold nothing but drums and drum
related gear. They also taught students how to play drums.
And of course our drummers loved it!
But man cannot live by David Gates alone (remember Bread?). We
found the place where all those black and white spotted cows live that
do all that advertising on TV. The cows were right. It DOES
taste like chicken.
Not to be outdone, Birmingham as well as Atlanta (and nearly every
other major city in the U.S.) has a Guitar Center.
No, it's not as big as the Atlanta store but it's still plenty
big. We spent a while there.
Ah, but we couldn't stay forever. Soon, it was time to leave.
After we dropped off the older guys and picked up their kid brother, I
took my grandkids to Beanstalk Music in Bucksville near
Tannehill. A friend of mine recently bought part interest in the
place. He was there and it was great to see him again. The
boys also had a good time there.
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