The Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

The Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA is the flagship Guitar Center Store and a museum at the same time. It is hard to believe that in 1964 the Guitar Center started and today there are hundreds of stores across the entire United States.

They have one of the most impressive memorabilia on display. Recently I saw the world premier of a new Television Show called "The Guitar Center Sessions "where they interview musicians who have made it in the industry. They are in front of a live audience of fans and want to be musicians in an intimate setting. Peter Gabriel was their first interview subject.

Then there is the "Rock walk" at the Guitar Center, where you will see hand imprints of the Doobie Brothers as an example and icons like Frank Zappa's hands on the sidewalk.

Over the years the area has become known as "guitar Row" There is "Valdez' Guitar" at 7420 Sunset Blvd. Then there is" High Voltage" where they have vintage and rare guitars. There is a bustling trade of guitars going on in this small patch of Sunset Blvd.

Nearby, there is a Ralphs Grocery store which has been nicknamed "Rock ‘n' Roll Ralphs". This is because it is frequented by the" who is who" of music and movie industry. If you are into watching, spotting celebrities, this is the place to hang out.

Next time you drive on Sunset Blvd and you see a long line outside the Guitar Center, then you know that someone who is now famous in the industry is there. More than likely they are there for either an " a  CD release & signing" or are  doing a Session for the Guitar Center.

If you want more information:   The Guitar Center Hollywood is located at 7425 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046 or visit their website at

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Comments (28)

Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Endre - good post and I did not know that was the original guitar center. I have been to the one in Fountain Valley many times. I will have to visit this one!

Sep 12, 2010 03:42 AM
Rob & Jeannie Steward - RealtorsĀ®
RE/MAX Advantage - Nashville, TN
We Work TWICE As Hard For You! - Ashton Group

I custom ordered my current drum set from the Guitar Center in Rockville, MD. I'm like a kid in a candy store when I go there. What should be a 15 minute visit for sticks turns into 90 minutes.   :)

Sep 12, 2010 04:06 AM
Curt Hess
ExecuHome Realty - Annapolis, MD
Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO

We were so much younger in 1964...

Sep 12, 2010 04:14 AM
Ken Barker RealtorĀ® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Endre - Nice to wake up to a feature on Sunday AM? It is nice to go to a place that has all the old memorabilia and old guitars. I had a good friend that used to work at one of these centers. He had a blast.

Sep 12, 2010 04:38 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Look interesting for sure. Maybe if I'm every there I'll check it out.

Thanks for the idea.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Sep 12, 2010 06:41 AM
John Zappia
Maine Custom Realty - Portland, ME
Maine Custom Realty

Nice...we got a Guitar Center here in Portland, Maine 5 years's a great place to go and kill a few hours when I want to play some different guitars (kid in a candy store comes to mind)...I got to meet Frank Zappa in 1980 and sat side-stage while he played the Cumberland County Civic Center...I miss him on the music scene, and often wonder what he'd be up to if he were still around.

Sep 12, 2010 07:10 AM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
That's a place I would like to go ...thanks for sharing and have a great day
Sep 12, 2010 07:16 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Russell- if I remember corectly Frank Zappa's hand print was from 1994, but I will have to go by to be 100 per cent sure.

Keith- if you go on their website you will find that they have a monthly calendar lettin you know who is going to be there.

Sharon- you are not that far it is worth the trip

Rob & Jeannie- you are like me at the produce isle  at whole foods:))

Sep 12, 2010 07:34 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Curt - how true, seems like yesterday though:)

Ken- it is fun and a pleasant suprise....I did not have fun jobs like that worked in Car-wash and Gas-stations when I was a kid:))

Sep 12, 2010 07:37 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Endre I believe we have a Guitar Center here also.  I don't have a musical bone in my body, but it would be interesting to find out if we have one.

Sep 12, 2010 08:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, if you come this part of the world let me know and bring one of those wonderful main Lobsters that you are so close to:))

John, thank you for commenting and adding to the discussion same aplies to you as to Patricia if you are in town bring those great Lobsters:))

Sep 12, 2010 09:23 AM
Randy DeLaMare
Realtypath LLC - Salt Lake City, UT
Helping friends Realize their Real Estate Dreams

Previous to reading this I would no sooner go into a place like that than bury my head in the sand. Which is what I must have been doing all along, (keeping my head in the sand) Had no idea that it could be interesting to boot. Sounds like great history lessons can be learned if one pays attention. Great post.

Sep 12, 2010 09:54 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Endre - Nice post.

Being a drummer I used to go to the store we have here in NJ as well.... So I do love them as well....

Rock on!Bergen County NJ

Sep 12, 2010 10:03 AM
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Endre -- Very cool.  I once had a friend who played a double-neck Emerson and he could jam like no one I have ever seen.  I tried the guitar for 6 months and realized I would forever be banned to the garage, with soundproofing and locked from the outside once I entered! lol

Sep 12, 2010 10:41 AM
Kathryn Acciari
Arc Home LLC - Shrewsbury, MA
Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator

That looks like a great place to hang out.  We love to go to our Guitar Center and try out the drums and keyboards.  Yours sounds ever more interersting.

Sep 12, 2010 12:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Fernando, have fun when you do go

Charita- I can not carry a tune either, my music teacher in elementary school suggested I try something else:)) It is still fun to listen

Randy- I like to explore and learn thank you for commenting

Sep 12, 2010 01:17 PM
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


We love the Guitar Center in Atlanta!  My youngest son can't wait to be the next Peter Frampton!

All the best, Michelle


Sep 12, 2010 01:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Robert, I loved your Alter Ego on the comments, I thought it was me in my earlier days:)))

Chris - I had a friend who had about 150 guitars, he had a room just for his guitars, I never heard him play, probably with good reason:)))

Kathryn, Sturbridge, when I was in High School we made a trip to the Village, still there??

Sep 12, 2010 05:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michelle, I do not want to age myself, nevertheless I have been to a Peter Framton Concert when I was in my late teens early twenties.

Sep 12, 2010 05:13 PM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Great Post Endre!!! Rock ON!

Sep 14, 2010 05:41 AM