There are many known benefits to playing a musical instrument. Playing music relieves stress, builds brain power and is a fun way to pass the time. Denver has produced several notable musicians, and it is a fun and inspiring place for musicians to hang out and jam. Whether you are a professional musician or a weekend warrior, here are some of Denver’s top stores to find and tune your musical instruments.
Denver Folklore Center
1893 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are an acoustic musician, this is the store for you. Located in the south Wash Park area since 1962, Denver Folklore Center carries a range of new and vintage acoustic instruments such as guitars, banjos and mandolins. In addition to instruments, the store also offers repairs and music lessons. The owner of Denver Folklore is frequently in shop, and the passionate staff will help you find what you are looking for. A store for music lovers, there is a wide selection of sheet music and events such as song circles. Check this place out if you are an acoustic enthusiast or a guitar newbie.
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4412 Yates St.
Denver, CO 80212
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Founded by Lafayette native Al Scholl, Instrumentally Sound is a full service guitar shop. The store offers repairs, accessories, lessons and custom-made instruments. Stop by Instrumentally Sound for restoration work, as the dry climate in Colorado can take its toll on your guitar. If you’ve got an old guitar that is badly in need of a tune up or a full on restoration, take it here for a little TLC. Instrumentally Sound also offers guitar lessons, so this is a good place for newbies as well.
Music Gear Guys
222 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re trying to put your band together but don’t have a ton of cash, head over to Music Gear Guys. This South Broadway store sells previously owned musical instruments and accessories such as electric guitars, bass guitars, pedals and amps. The owner has been in the music industry since the 80s, and he knows a thing or two about guitars. With an excellent selection of merchandise and a friendly staff, this is a good place to go for quality merchandise at affordable prices.
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2045 S. Holly St.
Denver, CO 80222
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re a drummer or know a drummer, you’ve probably heard of RUPPS. If you’re a novice drummer or new to the area, you must check them out. With all types of drums from acoustic to electronic and other instruments, RUPPS is the store to visit if you are in the market for percussion instruments. (Yes, RUPPS even sells cow bells.) The store also buys and sells used items for shoppers that are concerned about the cost, and offers drum lessons to those who want to learn. RUPPS is known for its customer service and the staff is extremely knowledgeable about percussion instruments.
8555 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80215
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Locally owned and operated since 1946, Rockley Music is a family-owned staple with a large variety of musical instruments, sheet music and lessons. Offering everything from guitars to pianos to orchestral instruments such as cellos and violins, Rockley is a musician’s super store. In addition to selling instruments, this store offers recitals and in-store events. Private and group music lessons are also available. The staff offers hands on knowledge and will help you find the perfect instrument, whether you’re looking for a violin or a baby grand piano. Rockley Music also offers home set up and repair to keep your instruments in top condition.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.