We musicians are known for making big spur-of-the-moment purchases every once in a while. You know– that vintage guitar you just couldn’t live without, the fancy analog delay pedal in the boutique gear store, a drum cymbal that had your name on it, a new sampler with more memory!
Following music gear stores on Twitter can be a double-edged sword if you’re prone to whipping out your wallet on a whim. On the one hand, you’ll have all the latest bargains and gear reviews displayed in your Twitter feed– tempting you with each tweet. On the other hand, if you have a little will power, you can monitor your feed for the real steals and make smart gear purchases.
10 Top Music Gear Stores on Twitter:
(listed in alphabetical order)
1. 8th Street Music
Twitter handle: @8thStreetMusic
Twitter handle: @americanmusical
About: American Music Supply is known for their wide selection of electric guitars, guitar effects, guitar amps, PA speakers, studio monitors, audio interfaces, digital pianos and studio gear. They offer free shipping, easy payment options, 12 months extended warranty, and a 45-day price and money back guarantee.
3. B & H
Twitter handle: @BHPhotoVideo
About: Specializes in photo and video equipment. Large professional audio, lighting and studio departments as well. Live customer service chat option while online. Same day shipping on most orders.
4. Full Compass
Twitter handle: @FullCompass
About: Professional Audio, Professional Video, A/V and Lighting.
5. Guitar Center
Twitter handle: @guitarcenter
About: Founded in 1959, Guitar Center is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in the world.
6. Humbucker Music
Twitter handle: @HumbuckerMusic
About: Music store specializing in higher-end boutique guitars, amps, pedals, and other music gear. “They sell tone!”
7. Musician’s Friend
Twitter handle: @musiciansfriend
About: Founded in 1983, they are the world’s largest direct seller of music gear (in 2000, they were purchased by Guitar Center).
Twitter handle: @SweetwaterSound
About: One of the largest music equipment dealers in the U.S., offering digital recording systems, keyboards, guitars, microphones, mixers, loudspeakers, signal processors, and drums. They offer a free 2 year warranty on almost all items, have free and fast shipping, and pride themselves on dedicated customer service.
9. ZenPro Audio
Twitter handle: @ZenProAudio
About: Specializing in recording studio gear and equipment. Features the “Clip-A-Lator,” an Audio & Video Reference tool that shows you how newly launched gear sounds against virtually everything else on the market.
Twitter handle: @zZounds
About: Guitars, drums, amps and equipment. Low price guarantee: If you see a lower price before you place your order, they’ll beat it, if you see a lower price within 30 days of your purchase, they’ll refund you the difference.
Alright. Follow away. And remember, restraint! Did we miss anyone? What’s your favorite music gear store? Do they have a Twitter handle? Let us know in the comment section below.
-Chris R. and Molly K. at CD Baby
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