Review of London Guitar Shops

Ok, so you’ve decided to get yourself a resonator guitar but want to feel the thing in your hand and maybe play a little before you decide on the right one for you. The answer is clearly to visit a store which can provide some decent reso’s for you to try out. With that in mind we’ve reviewed London Guitar Shops to help you decide where to get what you want.

Here goes!

 

GuitarGuitar Store, Epsom

Address: 6 Capitol Square, Church St, Epsom, KT17 4NY

Tel. (+44) 01372 730578

Website: http://guitarguitar.co.uk

Summary

Despite boasting over 1000 guitars they had 25 resonators when I checked recently. This included Ozark (9), Gretsch (7), Deering (3), Savannah (3), Dean (2) and Fender (1). Prices ranged from £199 for a Savannah SR-200 Resonator Sunburst Round Neck  to £582 for the Gretsch  G9221 Bobtail Steel Round Neck Ampli-Sonic Resonator.

They do up to 3 year finance with a minimum 10% deposit.

They have some good delivery offers – buy a reso for over £199 and they’ll give you next day delivery. I liked the fact that they give you a one hour delivery window so you don’t have to hang around all day waiting. They also ship worldwide.

If you are not happy with your purchase then they also offer a 7 day refund and a one year guarantee.

 

Wunjo Guitars, London

Address: 20 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8NE, U.K

tel :(+44) 020 7379 0737

Website: wunjoguitars.com

Summary

Had a choice of around 18 guitars – their listing was a little confusing since it had reso banjo’s mixed in with guitars. Although this is a few less to choose from than “guitar guitar”, they did have some really interesting choices including a Dobro Model 37 dating from  1937. This was priced at £1,495.

My real favourite was a National Triolian Palm Trees from 1930. Worth every penny of the £1,850 asking price. A real nice guitar.

I couldn’t find any reference to financing on the website, so down to your own plastic friend. Many of the guitars do come with a 2 year guarantee and they will deliver worldwide.

I’ve not visited this shop yet but looking at what they stock and the style of the website I reckon it’s gonna be well worth a visit very soon!

 

Wembley Music Centre, Wembley

Address: Unit 8, Metro Trading Centre, Fifth Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0YJ

tel: (+44) 0208 795 4001

Website: http://www.wembleymusiccentre.com/catalogue/results.aspx?search=resonator

Summary

Had a very limited choice of just 6 resonators and these were the normal stock choice with nothing really much different. Prices ranged from £239 to £434.

They offer free shipping to the UK mainland on all orders over £200. They offer financing on all guitars over £400, currently at the following rates:

9 months at 0% interest
24 months at 19.5% APR interest
36 months at 19.5% APR interest

These of course will be subject to changes with the Bank of England Base Rate so check the website for latest rates.

 

Andertons Music Company

Address:  58 & 59 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RF

Tel: (+44) 01483 456733 F

Website: http://www.andertons.co.uk/

Summary

Again quite a limited choice of just 8 guitars ranging in price from £299 to £582. These were mostly Gretsch models.

They offer next working day delivery to Mainland UK addresses and its generally free on most items over £99. Finance appeared to be limited to specific pieces of kit, and I could not see a resonator on the list.

 


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