Guitar Shop Raleigh
Harry's Guitar Shop - Fabulous Selection, Lessons and More
365 Things to Do in Raleigh - Learn to Play the Guitar (Better)
Harry has been selling guitars in Raleigh for 25 years now. And he's really good at it.
With a selection that includes Fender, Gretsch, Eastwood, Hofner, Samick, Yamaha,
C. F. Martin, Taylor, James Goodall, and many, many other guitar favorites, plus amps, pickups, guitar parts, instructional books, and much more, there's plenty for any guitar lover to add something to their collection.
Harry and I talked about how Harry's Guitar Shop has become a Raleigh small business landmark.
"I was living in Carrboro, and there just weren't enough people there to make another music store there workable- so I started looking at Raleigh," said Harry. "It has turned out to be a very good place to plant a new business, with a strong support for music and arts here."
Harry isn't kidding. Music and the arts have a permanent place in Raleigh, and it's never too late to start learning.
That's one of the things this Raleigh guitar shop does best - guitar lessons!
I asked Harry how many students, adult and kids, started lessons at Harry's but had never played guitar before.
"Lots!! In 25 years- thousands of folks have taken lessons from us- many from scratch- others started on their own, and needed a little help," said Harry. "Almost everyone can learn to play enough so that its enjoyable to them."
"Some are happy playing songs for themselves, some want to play at a more complex level- but in reality, it's all music, and it's good for the soul." It's a simple philosophy, but one that rings true throughout Harry's Guitar Shop and the friendly, helpful staff you'll find at every visit.
If you're thinking of guitar lessons, it's never too late to get started! Harry's Guitar Shop has ten teachers that offer lessons 6 days a week, and about 350 people come to Harry's Guitar Shop every week for personal lessons.
As you would imagine, after 25 years in the music business, Harry has seen a lot of different instruments and heard a lot of stories. I asked him to share one of the most interesting things he'd ever seen.
"One day someone brought me an old arch-top guitar into the shop and wanted some minor repairs done. Lots of guitars have a story," said Harry. "This customer went on to tell me that the family legend was that this guitar had once belonged to Charles Manson. (yikes!) We fixed up the guitar- and hope that we sent it on down the path to spread only good music and not evil!"
What brings people back to Harry's Guitar Shop, over and over? Harry summed it up very well.
"We really like guitars, and amps, and feel a kinship with the people that play them," said Harry. "We are very lucky to have something in common with our customers. The hope is that we can make it more fun, every day."
Want to say hello to Harry? Stop by Harry's Guitar Shop, or see him play in one of two bands he's involved in. Harry will be performing next in just a couple of weeks, on September 17th at a club in Clayton NC called the Flipside.
Harry will be playing with "Mr. Mustard", an acoustic trio that he's been with for the last six years. Enjoy acoustic versions of rock songs from the 60's and 70's!
Visit Harry's Guitar Shop soon, and tell Harry thanks for making Raleigh a better place to make some music!
616 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603
Open Monday through Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Sundays, holidays, and snow days.
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