Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas is the street for guitar shops, and one of the coolest shops on the block is South Austin Music. Established in 1986, SAM is now a staple of the Austin Music scene. With a wide-ranging, unique inventory, SAM will entertain and surprise any guitar player, from novice to life long enthusiast.
One thing that makes a great guitar shop is the vibe. Coming into a guitar shop can put a customer in a vulnerable state – you feel pressure to play well, talk the talk, buy something – for some, it can be very overwhelming. That’s one of the reasons why SAM is a such a great shop – the staff create a very positive environment that welcomes all. From the moment you walk in, you know you are actually allowed to play the guitars, not just stare.
SAM has a great selection of electric and acoustic guitars. Aside from of all of the usual suspects (Fender, Gibson, Martin), SAM has a large variety of Eastwood, G&L, Danelectro, and Nation Reso-phonic guitars. Of course, there are also some fantastic classics and lots of vintage pieces that’ll keep any connoisseur busy, all easily accessible and quite playable.
SAM also has a killer amp collection. A large amount new and vintage Orange, Fender and Marshall amps pepper the shop’s perimeter. They also carry some extremely hard to find Divided by 13 amps – wow! And of course, they have many acoustic amplifiers and boutique makers.
Last but not least, SAM has an amazing pedal selection, filled with all the classics and newcomers. From MXR to Xotic to Ibanez to Fulltone, they have everything you could want – and at very reasonable prices. And once you’re through with all of this, SAM has every pick, string and accessory you could possibly imagine. I ended up with a sweet new guitar strap!
So if you’re in Austin, TX, South Austin Music is a must! Visit them @ 1402 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704 or on the SAM website