I quite often get asked what guitar shops to recommend for buying guitars/strings etc…..
Local to Stroud you do have some choice, here are my picks:
Located by the train station, this shop replaced the void left by RIFFS. This shop is more of a general music shop than guitar shop. That said, they stock acoustics, picks, strings and accessories, as well as a great range of books and sheet music. Since it was opened the shop appears to have grown and it’s great to see they are stocking a few more guitars.
Located in Cheltenham, this shop stocks a wide range of guitars (electric and acoustic). The staff are very helpful and I would recommend this as a good place to visit for beginners looking for their first guitar. The staff can offer advice and it is also a good place to visit if you need any work done on your instrument.
Ideally, if you’re buying a guitar, please visit a shop to try it out! Sometimes prices are tempting on the internet, but you have to feel the instrument and test it to really see if it’s right for you.