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Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Hi there,

For a long time, I've been struggling to find a good guitar shop in Switzerland.

Back home, guitar shops are varied in what they carry, guitars are meant to be played and tested, and the staff generally know what they are talking about/are welcoming.

Basically I just want to walk into a shop and test a lot of guitars (without being stared at and extensively supervised) until I find the one I'm willing to drop 1,000 - 5,000 grand on.

Any tips? I haven't been able to find any of the above criteria in my search so far. Found some nice shops in Amsterdam and Copenhagen (were my 2 last trips pre-Covid, don't think I will be traveling anytime soon.)

Edit: This shop has all the above, but quite a limited selection, otherwise I highly recommend it, bought all my guitars there so far: https://www.musicstorebasel.ch/

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Old 11.03.2021, 14:53
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Musik Hug in Zürich is the first one that comes to mind. No personal experience though (play violin/viola).


https://www.musikhug-shop.ch/de/inst...zupf/gitarren/


https://www.musikhug.ch/standorte/
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Musik Hug in Zürich is the first one that comes to mind. No personal experience though (play violin/viola).


https://www.musikhug-shop.ch/de/inst...zupf/gitarren/


https://www.musikhug.ch/standorte/
Thanks, I know the place well - great for all other instruments, but not for guitars (except for classical). And definitely snooty
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

An unseren 9 Standorten profitieren Sie zudem von zusätzlichen Gitarren-Marken wie Gibson, Ibanez, Epiphone oder PRS und Sie können Ihr Instrument vor dem Kauf anspielen.


They also have e-gitars etc. and you can play the instrument in one of their subsidiary places.
What type of gitar are you looking for?
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Send a pm to EFuser nigelr

He used to have a small shop with an ok selection of guitars (quite a few Strats if I recall correctly). Bought one for my daughter from him for a good price. I'm not sure if he's around any more but it's worth a shot. Nice guy.

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I have no idea if it’s the best guitar shop in Switzerland but my son loves Red Line music in Neuchâtel and the guy there is super friendly and helpful.
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They also have e-gitars etc. and you can play the instrument in one of their subsidiary places.
What type of gitar are you looking for?
I'm on the fence about which one I currently want ...

I would like a proper upgraded acoustic like a Martin, Ovation or a premium Gibson...I was at a friends house over the weekend and he had a guitar make I had never heard of, and it played beautifully. Which is why I want to try out many until I find the right one.

Considering adding another electric - would like a Fender American Tele or Jaguar ... perhaps just the right Gibson Les Paul or SG. Those are easier to find, it is the acoustics that are quite limited in CH.
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I have no idea if it’s the best guitar shop in Switzerland but my son loves Red Line music in Neuchâtel and the guy there is super friendly and helpful.
My shuttle bus to Celgene always drove by that place and I wanted to check it out ... thanks for the feedback and reminder. Looks like my kind of place, even though it is a bit small/will have a limited selection.
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Boullard Musique in Morges touts itself as the largest music shop in Switzerland. It's certain the largest I've ever been in by a long shot.

Here's a view of their guitar section, it is in fact even larger that what you see here. They also have so many staff working there you should be able to find someone who speaks English. Anyways Morges is lovely, come for a visit in the spring and stroll by the lake and see the tulips.



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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Promusig
Gitarren Total (high end)
Central Music
Die Gitarre (Winterthur)
House of Sound (Basel)
Musix
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Musik Hug (high end)

Plenty more
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

In Winterthur, I’ve been here for strings. They had my silk and steel, so that was good. They do only acoustic, I think and I chatted with the guy about my old Gibson (strings were not for that guitar). He was doing repairs and seemed to know his stuff.

https://www.diegitarre.ch/

Of course, I never did put on the strings and my playing is now crap, but anyway........


Also, Check out the old Threads on EF.....there are a few.
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Boullard Musique in Morges touts itself as the largest music shop in Switzerland. It's certain the largest I've ever been in by a long shot.

Here's a view of their guitar section, it is in fact even larger that what you see here. They also have so many staff working there you should be able to find someone who speaks English. Anyways Morges is lovely, come for a visit in the spring and stroll by the lake and see the tulips.
That sounds really lovely and the shop looks awesome - thanks for sharing! I've also always wanted to visit Audrey Hepburn's grave nearby...
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Hi there,

For a long time, I've been struggling to find a good guitar shop in Switzerland.

Back home, guitar shops are varied in what they carry, guitars are meant to be played and tested, and the staff generally know what they are talking about/are welcoming.

Basically I just want to walk into a shop and test a lot of guitars (without being stared at and extensively supervised) until I find the one I'm willing to drop 1,000 - 5,000 grand on.

Any tips? I haven't been able to find any of the above criteria in my search so far. Found some nice shops in Amsterdam and Copenhagen (were my 2 last trips pre-Covid, don't think I will be traveling anytime soon.)

Edit: This shop has all the above, but quite a limited selection, otherwise I highly recommend it, bought all my guitars there so far: https://www.musicstorebasel.ch/

Thanks!
Hi SQ, have a good Swiss friend who’s now the proud owner of 20 guitars. He’s on vacation (within Switzerland), and will see him in about 3 weeks - will ask, and let you know if he has any good recommendations.
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

Most of my electrics I bought in the US 40 or more years ago, the exception being the Squire VI I bought a year and a half ago and an Ibanez, those and my two acoustics I got off private individuals here.

I used to have a shop in the US, one of my many sidelines while at university.

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Promusig
Gitarren Total (high end)
Central Music
Die Gitarre (Winterthur)
House of Sound (Basel)
Musix
FNX
Musik Hug (high end)

Plenty more
I've used:

Jecklin in the '80s (they were the only place I could find an E120)

Promusig in the '90s (pickups and strings)

MusiX for various stuff via internet for the past years.

There is also a very good music shop down here in Canobbio where I bought a nice classical for my daughter (and other random stuff), and is often frequented by Leo Leoni (guitarist of Gotthard who lives in the next village).

Tom
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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

The last guitar of mine sold, a black Strat clone my ex was selling for 50chf, was bought by a rockstar! Big stretch limo pulled up! They were doing a concert in Luzern and needed a POS to smash! Happy ending as the fret board was horrid and I was ashamed my ex was trying to sell it!

Searching Ricardo, I found some guy in the French part selling guitars and restoring wood furniture for a living in a big farmhouse. It was so cool my 79chf shouldn't have got me through the door. It was like while you are here try anything you want. I was just picking up a 79chf purchase, with case, Amazing fret board. So check Ricardo for enthusiasts selling lots of guitars, ask if you can go and try a few.

I know you must be really cool 5000 grand, 5 Mil. Yes, I'm selling a strat clone with case. Nice fret board.
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Yes, my friend with the 20 guitars also said that Ricardo was a great place to buy, because you get the real enthusiasts together.
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I know you must be really cool 5000 grand, 5 Mil. Yes, I'm selling a strat clone with case. Nice fret board.
I have a '60 Junior, a '61 Standard (both bought '80), and a '64 Jag that I bought in high school ('77).

5k is on the low side.

So what are you looking to buy?

Tom

P.S. and a couple Schecters that I built when when I was a Schecter and Seymour Duncan dealer!

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Re: Best guitar shop in Switzerland?

While I'm no guitar player, service at mufa.ch has always been excellent. They have been in business for a long time and really seem to know their stuff.
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Basically I just want to walk into a shop and test a lot of guitars (without being stared at and extensively supervised) until I find the one I'm willing to drop 1,000 - 5,000 grand on.
Way off of the beaten track, but in my experience among the best specialized guitar shops I have ever visited: Urs Winkler, in Gams (eastern Switzerland). He is a luthier, who opened his shop some decades ago, and although he probably makes 10x more selling than repairing guitars, he kept the “Guitar Repairs” name. He stocks only mid-tier to high-end instruments. You can try not only acoustic, classic, electric, semi-acoustic, etc, but also mandolines, ukuleles, banjos and bass guitars, and a decent selection of amps and cabs. And if you’re in testing mode, he and his son will be happy to leave you alone in the room for as long as you need. REALLY cool people (they both speak fluent English, in case your German isn’t good enough).

I’ve had them do some small repairs, and trace and make a custom pickguard for me. Top notch craftmanship, and VERY knowledgeable folk.
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