1. Robot Monster Guitars
517 E Woodlawn, (210) 320-1710, robotmonsterguitars.com
Robot Monster Guitars is as much a museum as it is a store. The mind-bending mixture of vintage guitars and rock ‘n’ roll attitude presents an amazing array of hard-to-find guitars as well as basses, amps and other instruments. The staff, comprised of avid musicians and collectors, is always looking for that next trade or purchase. The folks at Robot can also do repairs—they’ll have your old Fender shredding again in no time.
2. Alamo Music Center
425 N Main, (210) 224-1010, alamomusic.com
3. Redbone Guitar Boutique
255 E Basse, #1085, redboneguitar.com
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