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Musical Instruments

Where to find everything from guitar strings to grand pianos.


Adirondack Guitar and Pro Audio

3 Lafayette 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.

Blue Sky Music Studios

118 Adams St., Delmar, 478-7862. Instruments, supplies and accessories, method books, instrument rentals, guitar repair/setups and lessons.

Burnt Hills Music

772 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-6047. Instruments for classical and rock musicians, lessons, repairs, and assorted music merchandise. Dean, B.C. Rich, and Windsong guitars, Marshall and Vox amps, and Korg digital pianos and recording equipment. Also, imported 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

360 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Saratoga Springs, 450-0333. New and used instruments, specializing in repairs. Also instrument rentals. Serving the Capital Region for more than 25 years.

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.

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.

Hermie’s Music Store

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. Special orders available. More than 60 years of service.

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.


25 Hudson, Chatham, 392-5006. Instruments for classical and rock players, and also offers lessons, rentals, repairs, and studio space. Features international instruments and lots of sheet music.

New Music

Westgate Plaza, 40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. A warehouse of instruments—guitars, drums, PAs and more. Friendly to the discount shopper. Lessons and repairs 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. Recently expanded with full drum section, plus a great selection of guitars and amps.

Saratoga Guitar

438 Broadway, 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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