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Rainbow Guitars

2550 N. Campbell Ave.

STAFF PICK: Rainbow is simply the best full-service music store in town. It's a licensed distributor for the best brand names of musical instruments of all varieties, which translates to rows and rows of Fender strats and teles, Gibson Les Pauls, Martin guitars, and Fender and Marshall amplifiers. With the bigger location, Rainbow has expanded its inventory in drums, keyboards and sound equipment. In addition, it has lessons available through the store, music books and instructional videos, the best-in-town repair shop with Brian Dunn, and all the sticks, stones, strings, stands, cables, flangers, compressors, splitters, noisemakers and maelstrom raisers that any up-and-coming speed metal guitar jock could ever dream of. There is a vintage-instruments room filled with old Rick basses, Brazilian rosewood D-28s and time-worn Fenders. The people at Rainbow are all knowledgeable and conversant music pros with advice on equipment, sound and playing tips. The only thing this place lacks is a tap room and a place to meet girls. Harvey, are you listening?

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