San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area is known for having been the city’s hippie-music epicenter during the 1960s. Such bands as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Sly and the Family Stone called this area home at one time and though they have all either moved or passed on, their residence continues in the murals, plaques, and tributes that remain. With such an established musical history, it’s only fitting that the Haight would boast a music store to match.
As a guitarist, I’ve spent a significant fraction of my life in this store. For someone looking for musical gear, they offer a great selection. The staff are all musicians and really know their stuff. I’ve bought all my guitars here, but even when I’m not looking to buy, I enjoy just stopping in. It’s truly worth a visit. Even for the casual passerby, it’s a great stop. The guys working there are always willing to just chat and tell music stories, the speakers are always blasting great music, and even if you aren’t buying, they’ll gladly set you up with a guitar to jam on for fun.
My only experiences at Haight-Ashbury have been good ones, whether I’m actually buying a guitar or simply going for fun. From designer Gibson guitars to electric kazoos, they really have it all, and it’s all run by people who you can tell enjoy what they do & are truly passionate about music. It’s half a block in from the famous corner, accessible by the 6, 7, 43, or 30 buses.