As most of you know, I've been a member of this forum for over 12-years, originally under the user name Tarpman, but more recently I decided to use my business name instead. I launched LA Guitar Sales back in 2000 mostly as a way to move my personal collection around, but soon it grew, and now we are a top dealer for just about every brand we are authorized to sell. Our secure website is state-of-the-art, and we always feature high quality photos of the actual guitar up for sale. We started this trend back in 2000, and we have no plans to change.
Let me give you a little background about how we operate :
Used guitars - We started the business buying, selling, and trading used guitars, and we still buy and sell hundreds each year. Our Pre-Owned section is loaded with great deals, and we update our site daily, featuring plenty of high quality photos of each guitar. If you have a guitar, or a dozen, to sell, trade, or consign, there is no one that can offer you what we can. You can reach me seven days a week to discuss.
Martin - We are one of the largest Martin dealers in the world, we keep a huge selection of standard models on hand, and few if any dealers build as many Custom Shop Martins as we do. Simply put, you will not find a more knowledgeable Martin dealer anywhere, and we guarantee the lowest prices. This is worth repeating, because last year I implemented a policy that will guarantee you get the lowest prices on Martin when you shop with us. We know what the other guys charge, and we beat them every time. Out of respect for Martin, and our fellow dealers, we will never put our lowest prices in writing, so you will need to call 310.246.1933, and mention the UMGF to get our best price, but I assure you it will be worth your time.
Taylor - We have been a top ten Taylor dealer for years, with over a 100 guitars in stock at any given time, and as with Martin, we build more Custom Shop Taylors than just about any other dealer. We visit Taylor several time a year to hand pick wood sets, and we always have the newest, and most limited models on hand. You would be wasting your time with any other dealer, we know the brand inside out, and you can always count on competitive pricing. Over the years, Taylor has become much more selective as to who they allow to represent their brand, so we feel especially honored to have received top dealer honors from Taylor the last three years running.
Eastman - Yep, we are one of the biggest Eastman dealers on the planet, with no less than sixty models on hand at any given time. We've sold hundreds and hundreds of Eastmans since we picked up the brand five years ago, and have a close relationship with the company, so as with all the other brands we carry, going elsewhere for Eastman would be a waste of your time.
Rainsong, Blackbird, Journey, Kevin Michael - We are by far the biggest Rainsong dealer on the planet, and we sell more Carbon Fiber guitars than any other dealer out there. We know these guitars better than anyone, so if you are thinking of getting in to one of these go anywhere, play anywhere, and store anywhere acoustics, give me a call and I will give you all the info you need to pick the right guitar for you.
Santa Cruz and Lowden - We are proud to have been accepted as a representative for these two builders, it's truly a badge of honor. We have been selling SCGC for about seven years, and more recently added Lowden, the first of which will be trickling in late summer, early fall. Most of the Santa Cruz models we sell are custom ordered for our clients, but we do try to keep as many on hand as possible. Given they only build about 400 guitars a year for their 40 authorized dealers, it's not easy, so do keep an eye on our SCGC landing page for in stock guitars. If you are interested, or need any info about SCGC or Lowden, please feel free to call me, I am always happy to talk guitars. BTW, we are looking to add one more boutique builder to our lineup, but these builders tend to be very picky about who they authorize so it will take a little time. Stay tuned for more info about this.
Breedlove, Larrivee, Guild, Cordoba - Because we understand the varied needs of guitar players, we are keep an eye on offering from the smaller brands. Breedlove for instance builds only 5000 guitars in the US, which makes them more of a boutique brand, but they also offer imported models that are incredible values for beginners and touring musicians. Cordoba is probably the best value in nylon string guitars, Larrivee in steel string, and the new US made Guilds will surely be a game changer.
Although we do 90% of our business long distance, we keep a fantastic showroom open to the public on the Sunset Strip. Hours are somewhat limited, 11-4 Monday through Thursday, but you never need an appointment, and you will never feel pressured to buy anything. We keep around 150 amazing guitars on display, but this is just a small percentage of our inventory and we are always happy to pull guitars from the back for you. For the majority of you who are not near our store, our lines are open from 8-6, and emails are answered seven days a week by me, so we are real easy to get a hold of.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have via email, phone, in person, or in this thread, and I will do my best to answer them. And don't forget to check out our Facebook Page, and YouTube Channel for the latest updates.
Thank you for looking, and thank you all for your support all these years.