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The Music Guide - Musical Instruments

Adirondack Guitar and Pro Audio

250 Main St., Hudson Falls, 746-9500. Washburn, Fender, Soundtech, Hartke bass systems and more.

Adirondack Strings

1316 Central Ave., Colonie, 458-7717. Concentrating on guitars and amps, with a wide selection of acoustic guitars. Also PA equipment, repairs, and guitar and bass instruction.

Burnt Hills Music Academy & Music Store

772-780 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-6047. Features instruments for classical and rock musicians, lessons, repairs, and assorted music merchandise. B.C. Rich and Windsong, as well as Marshall amps and Korg digital pianos and recording equipment. Also, the store imports guitars from overseas.


501 Columbia Turnpike, Columbia Plaza, East Greenbush, 479-4118. The usual selection of instruments, with a concentration on lessons, sheet music and instrument rentals. Known to have a “wall” of sheet music.

Cathedral Music

1813 5th Ave., Troy, 273-5138. Specializing in handcrafted acoustic guitars from around the world; also carrying accessories, banjos, mandolins and violins. Lessons available.

Celtic Treasures

456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9452. Musical instruments from the Emerald Isle, as well as the region’s biggest Celtic music collection. Much more than just tin whistles.

Cole’s Woodwind and Brass

Hilltop Plaza, Latham, 273-4711. New and used instruments, specializing in repair. Also instrument rentals. Celebrating its 26th year.

Daddy’s Junky Music

1770 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-9431. This small chain with a reputation for discounts offers sales and rentals of everything from drums and guitars to PA and DJ equipment. Repairs and trade-ins, too.

Drome Sound

3486 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701. One of the more established music stores in the area, with a wide selection of new and used equipment; also occasional clinics with touring musicians.

Glens Falls Guitar

16 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 812-0749. New, used and vintage guitars by National, Peavey, Seagull, Taylor, Larrivee, Morgan and more. Lessons available.

Guitar Center

145 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-1500. National chain with wide selection of top name equipment for all areas of music production. Lowest-prices guaranteed.


Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-4455; 727 State St., Schenectady, 374-7433. Along with the requisite guitars, basses and drums, there are woodwinds, brass and more. Lessons available. The folks at Hermie’s pride themselves on being able to get any instrument their customers need.

LA’s Hilton Music

Latham Circle Mall, 783-9400. Full selection of guitars, amps, PA equipment, band instruments, lessons and more. Discounts for college students.


9 Main St., Chatham, 392-5006. Instruments for classical and rock players, and also offers lessons. Features international instruments and lots of sheet music.

New Music

Westgate Plaza, 40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. A warehouse o’ instruments—guitars, drums, PAs and more. Friendly to the discount shopper. Lessons and repairs available.

The Only Guitar Shop

1774 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-1232, In addition to guitars, the store has drums, keyboards, sheet music and software, PA gear and recording equipment. The store also has a reputation for being low-pressure and customer-friendly. Lessons are available.

Parkway Music

1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-0300. Specializes in vintage/used equipment and repairs, but also offers band instruments, PA equipment, lessons and rentals. A fun amp-browsing spot.

Saratoga Guitar

8 Caroline St., Saratoga, 581-1604. New, used and vintage guitars in this cozy store, along with repair service. Willing to buy and trade.

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