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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Critics
    Earthshaking Music

    Best Used Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Earthshaking Music

    Best Used Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Atlanta Vintage Guitars Inc.

    Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Guitar Center
    And other metro Atlanta locations.

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best soul soothing music store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Critics
    Moods Music
    Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is allmore...
    Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is all about supporting the genre in all its glorious forms. Moods is also known for its special events, whether it's hosting in-store appearances for out-of-town artists such as Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote before a recently scheduled concert or throwing a listening party and meet-and-greet for Atlanta-based favorites like Anthony David. Besides carrying an extensive collection of CDs from hyperlocal to global acts, Moods has expanded its product line to include live performances and classic black films on DVD, a line of Moods Music T-shirts, and complimentary teas for regulars. And the couches provide a perfect place to lounge while vibing to the sounds. With nurturing like that, it's no wonder why the city's soul community continues to flourish. less...

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Runner-up: Firehouse Guitars & Music


    2520 N. Decatur Road, 404-929-0012, www.guitarsatlanta.com

    Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Runner-up
    Guitar Center
    1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best Resource For Would-Be Rock Stars BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Guitar Center
    There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room formore...
    There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room for acoustic guitars, and separate areas with keyboards, drum gear and pro audio. Looking for a 1958 Stratocaster? There's space set aside for rare guitars. The customer service is excellent and we just go ga-ga over all those Fenders and Gibsons. less...

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Guitar Center

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Guitar Center
    Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Guitar Center
    And other metro area locations.

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Guitar Center
    1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253; and other locations www.guitarcenter.com

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Guitar Center

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Readers
    Earthshaking Music

    Best Musical Instrument Store BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Critics
    Atlanta Vintage Guitar
    Way back in the day, guitar companies used to make 600 axes a year, as opposed to pumping out thousands of units per day. ATLANTA VINTAGE GUITAR specializes in those rare, high-quality guitars, mandolins, banjos, and amplifiers that rock stars and collectors drool over. Take, for instance, the 1955 Gretchmore...
    Way back in the day, guitar companies used to make 600 axes a year, as opposed to pumping out thousands of units per day. ATLANTA VINTAGE GUITAR specializes in those rare, high-quality guitars, mandolins, banjos, and amplifiers that rock stars and collectors drool over. Take, for instance, the 1955 Gretch 6130 Les Paul-shaped hollow-body guitar with rhinestone-encrusted leather edging, on sale now for a measly $15,000. But you don't have to be that die hard, or rich, to find cool stuff. Case in point: a 1969 original Danelectro Silvertone, going for 100 bucks. Rock on. "561 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna. 770-433-1891." less...

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2003
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Guitar Center

    Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2002
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Picked By » Critics
    Atlanta Discount Music
    Since 1978, local musicians have made frequent trips to ATLANTA DISCOUNT MUSIC for all their equipment needs. ADM's commitment to the independent spirit and support of the local scene has made regular customers of typically picky and often hard-to-please artists. Local CDs and flyers are featured prominently.more...
    Since 1978, local musicians have made frequent trips to ATLANTA DISCOUNT MUSIC for all their equipment needs. ADM's commitment to the independent spirit and support of the local scene has made regular customers of typically picky and often hard-to-please artists. Local CDs and flyers are featured prominently. A knowledgeable staff of music pros and a great selection of name-brand items have made the decidedly modest facade storefront a heaven for beginners, professionals and even a few celebrities to congregate, swap guitars and share advice. "3701 Clairmont Road. 770-457-3400. www.atlantadiscountmusic.com." less...

    Best Musical Instruments Store BOA Award Winner

    Guitar Center
    1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253 and 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-980-9222 http://www.guitarcenter.com Sometimes bigger can be better. The Guitar Center offers an impressive selection of guitars, thankfully devoid of those inexpensive but vile, unplayable brands you'llmore...
    1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253 and 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-980-9222 http://www.guitarcenter.com Sometimes bigger can be better. The Guitar Center offers an impressive selection of guitars, thankfully devoid of those inexpensive but vile, unplayable brands you'll find elsewhere. Also, basses, drums, keyboards, MIDI equipment, light gear and all the usual accessories, plus capable repair technicians. High sales volume lets the store sell at appealing prices, but for the most part it maintains a personal touch and an emphasis on musicians. less...
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