Sadly, due to many closures, we don't currently know of a music shop that we would particularly recommend in the immediate area, but please support your local shop if you do have a good one and tell us about it so we can list it here.
As a "school" for young musicians, we encourage you to support music shops where possible, as we know how useful it is for families and musicians to have a shop that can be depended upon for advice and convenience. If you do need to buy online, try to buy from a website that also has a retail shop as that will help to ensure their survival in their local community.
Many shops also sell pre-owned instruments, often with a guarantee, and may accept a trade-in against a new purchase. Pre-owned instruments can be an ideal way to get your hands on a quality instrument at a knockdown price.
Ideally, it's best to try out a guitar before buying it; getting hands-on to judge its shape, weight and size, and to be able to ask questions to help you choose which is best for you. Feel free to ask your Rockschool tutor for advice if you're at all unsure what to buy. We have guitars in different sizes for you try out.
We can recommend:
Music Matters - visit the small shop in Maidstone town centre for friendly personal service, or shop online from their full product range. Tel: 01622 755600
GuitarGuitar - huge shop in Epsom comes highly recommended for extensive range (not only guitars) and top quality service. Alternatively, order online for next day delivery. Tel: 01372 730578
Bonners Music Superstore - if you visit the South coast, drop into Bonners' 10,000 sq ft showroom in Eastbourne, or buy online. Tel: 01323 639335
GAK - The Guitar, Amp & Keyboard Centre. A top quality music shop in Brighton, East Sussex. Very worth going out of your way to visit, or buy online. Tel: 01273 665400
DJM Music - order online for quick delivery or collect your order from Paddock Wood warehouse.
Gear4Music - order online for quick delivery. Recommended for great customer service and 60-day returns policy.