Andertons Music Company

St Vincent House, 58-59 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RF

Whether you're on the lookout for a secondhand Fender Telecaster, a new piano or a fancier flange pedal, it's well worth sticking your head into Anderton's, a family run and multi-award-winning musical instrument retailer who have been operating out of Guildford for exactly half a century. (The year they opened their doors, Roy Orbison had a number 1 with 'Pretty Woman', The Animals released 'House Of The Rising Sun' and The Beatles knocked The Rolling Stones' hit 'It's All Over Now' off the top spot with 'A Hard Days Night'.) Selling new and pre-strummed hardware, they are regarded by many musicians as a one-stop shop for the best gear. In a digital age where you can hunt down most things cheaper online, it's rare to find a bricks-and-mortar joint that can compete with price and still offer good knowledgeable service, but this shop does seem to manage to do just that, by having a walk-in base in their Guildford store while operating a slick on-line shop at the same time. Across both they sell a massive selection of guitars, amps, drums, pianos, keyboards, synthesizers, recording equipment, PA systems and music accessories. There's a repair service too.

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