Best Music Stores In Boston

January 19, 2011 1:51 AM

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Boston has a vibrant music scene with artists playing rock tunes and spinning tracks in local clubs. Be a part of the trend and find your inner musician with the help of the many cool places to get musical instruments and listen to records in the city. Here is a list of the best music stores in Boston.

Guitar Center

1255 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 247-1389

Find great buys on all your musical needs, from trumpets to base guitars, at Guitar Center on Boylston Street in Boston. With new and used gear, from platinum to vintage, get everything you need to start your own band or get your solo career off the ground. Guitar Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Mr. Music

128 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-1609

Another great place for your musical needs in Boston is Mr. Music. They sell new and used guitars and will also give you cash for your used guitar. They have a great selection of guitars, but also sell guitar parts, accessories, new and used amplifiers, and all the other instruments you need to start your own band, including percussion, keys, and even ukuleles, banjos and mandolins. You can also purchase microphone systems here. Left-handed? That’s ok. There is a guitar for you at Mr. Music. The store is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Planet Records

54 B JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-0693

For all your listening pleasure needs, head just across the river to Harvard Square in Cambridge to Planet Records. They buy and sell CDs, LPs, books, DVDs, and yes, even VHS tapes. Remember those? New titles are out every day and they even have an eBay store with the latest auction items. Planet Records probably has the most extensive CD selection in the area, which includes a hefty jazz and classical music department. Planet Records is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

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In Your Ear Records

957 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 787-9755

With a good selection and fair prices, you can’t go wrong with In Your Ear Records in Boston. Besides their large selection of CDs, you can also flip through vinyl records, cassettes and 8-tracks. This record store also has a section of audio equipment and music literature, such as new and old music magazines, books and rags. They even have back issues of Playboy for your reading pleasure. They are open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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486 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-0679

Although perhaps more bountiful ten years ago, Nuggets is still one of the best places to go for vinyl records in the Boston area. Organized by genre, their record section ranges from rare to mainstream. They also carry CDs, DVDs and posters. With an equally impressive CD section, Nuggets is a great place to discover new music. Nuggets is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

-Natalie Miller