Christmas Bonanza

Get all your Christmas shopping done in the one location this year! A one stop shop. Guitars Plus has a plethora of great Christmas gift ideas on offer.

Guitars Plus Gift Idea No. 1
Martinez Pastel guitars - Perfect instruments for beginners. They come in a variety of different colours and are all checked and tuned by our team of guitar experts. A slightly thinner body than a standard dreadnought sized acoustic guitar make this suitable for ages 12 to 16. Available in Black, White and Pastel Red, Yellow, Blue, Pink and Purple.

Guitars Plus Gift Idea No. 2
The Capo-Tuner-Pickholder - The latest and greatest guitar accessory invention yet. No longer will you need to shell out for three individual items, as these multifunctional capos have it all in one!

Guitars Plus Gift Idea No. 3
Uken Play the Ukulele. These are great for the little ones. As with all Guitars Plus instruments these are checked and tuned by our staff to ensure they are in proper working order.
$40 - also available in a package deal for $60 with starter book, capo, strap and picks.

Guitars Plus Gift Idea No. 4
Woodie Guitar Stands - Aesthetically pleasing and practically useful. We recommend using guitar stands for two reasons. Firstly it encourages people to pick up their instrument and actually play them, and secondly, you can show off your instrument to everyone!!

Do a combo deal to maximise your Christmas shopping at Guitars Plus.

Handmade Canadian's

All things Canadian - Morgans plus Garrison & Godin Artisan

We are now selling Morgan guitars, hand made by David Iaonne in Canada, these all solid guitars are remarkable instruments and very single person who has played one cannot believe the tone, volume and resonance of these exquisite guitars. We have three in stock at the moment Concert, Dreadnought and OOO. Prices around 5-6K and worth every dollar! Coincidently we have in stock another Canadian guitar from the other side of that vast country, a Garrison from 2002 - all solid Canadian birch and and sides and solid Sitka spruce top. Thee innovative guitars were only built for about 4-5 years before being taken over by Gibson, for whom they only lasted about another year! The main feature of these guitars was their innovative brace one piece - pre fabricated plastic former - upon which all solid timber panels were fitted. A way of introducing a low cost all solid timber guitar. Good idea - this one sound great and for under a G with a hard case and Fishman it makes a great buy and and intersecting historical sidebar to Guitarchaelogy.


Guitars Plus will be open Sundays 9-4 and we will review our opening hours for the remainder of summer. In the meantime take advantage of our Sunday trading hours and enjoy Melrose St shipping. Ulysses Bookshop and Tromby Toys are also open as are the Sandy Pub, Hobson's Bar and on the corner of Melrose & Beach the terrific new tapas bar 'Boca del Sur'. When you have gone all your shopping and guitar trying repair to Boca and see Malcura - that fiery Flamenco / Rock duo - they play every Sunday from 3-6 and the beer and pinchos snacks are mega - you could be in Spain ! If you don't fancy music - Hobson's has a great Sunday roast every week and if you over imbibe Andrew can arrange for you to be chauffeured home in his London Sherbet ( sherbet dab - cab ). MELROSE ST SANDRINGHAM - the
Place to be !!

Before and after - Tip of the Month

One of the mothers who come by the shop dropping off and picking up her boys for guitar lessons, is a very keen photographer and spotted me fixing up a dilapidated old Lap Steel (coming to the website you are currently viewing very soon) and asked if she could take some shots as she was keen to follow its restoration. So she did and we will post the results soon, in the meantime here is a before and after of a fret dress I did recently on a clients mandolin. This a pretty extreme example but all fretted instruments wear at varying degrees. To have your frets even and correctly crowned can do wonders for your intonation, string longevity and playability all round . Also observe closely your fingerboard, if there are pits and troughs adjacent to where you fret your favourite chord shapes you may find that your nails are too long and they dig into the wood - it doesn't take long with softer woods - but can even mar ebony. Take the time to clean your hands and keep your nails on your left hand short - your instrument, your strings and your bandmates or musical partners will thank you for it! A full fret dress - including servicing the guitar and all adjustments, truss rod, intonation body and neck clean together with lubricating any mechanical parts and feeding the fingerboard with some citrus or cedar oil will cost around $160 - $175 inc strings and case clean ! Form an orderly queue here!

Spring is in the air..... and GP is back on line...........

Our site has been down for ten days or so, also too, our email, so aploogies to one and all, we are now going about refreshing the content and products, and will endeavour to respond to any outstanding emails forthwith. look out for some great guitars and packages, and its never too early for Christmas lay by! In the meantime can I tell you the store is teeming with quality used and vintage guitars. With the smell of spring in the air its time to dust off the git-box and get outside and play, or consider a new purchase to compliment your existing cache. Check out the big sounding Yamaha FG in the shots below, - resplendent in its woodland setting, solid top and gorgeous looking, wonderfully dried out with age, and positively cannon like, tone and,volume wise. This 35 year old beauty will surpass any new guitar of similar price, and at $650 it maybe considered a bargain.

Mustang Tele

Pete Le Pages magnificent 1965 Fender - sorry Ford Mustang, pictured with two fantastic Telecasters - Custom and Thinline - both from the same period as Pete's Mustang.

What's the connection ?

Here is the vehicle in which you may cadge a ride home from our local bar - The Hobson Stores - known locally as Hobsons - gold coin donation or similar - an authentic London Taxi cab. In front is a replica of Ronnie Woods Zemaitis disc front made by Greco. We are doing car themed photos to show off some interesting axes, together with complimentary cars that are around our locale. That's a shot of Woody playing his in the Faces - used it a lot in the Stones too. Connection is that the cab and the guitar are from the Rock capital of the world - London. Well the Greco is a very good copy of a London designed guitar - namely Zemaitis Tony Zemaitis was a luthier to the stars - literally ; his clientele included Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, George Harrison, Marc Bolan, brothers Robinson (Black Crowes), Donovan Leitch, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Tony worked out of a fairly modest workshop in Chatham, Kent, a place in which my father ,was working in the nineties, and whilst visiting my dad I also was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Tony. Many stories were told and although he kindly offered to make me a guitar, even drawing around my hand in order to facilitate bespoke neck carving, I had to decline owing to not having as deep pockets as his afore mentioned clientele !! We have a genuine example of his work for sale, interested parties should contact the store, details will be posted shortly.

Fast guitar - fast car

SOLD We borrowed our neighbours Lamborghini to show off this magnificent Ibanez neck thru RG style axe. It's a 2009 RGT 42 DXFM and a mighty fine piece of kit it is - expertly set up by a Ballarat luthier and in as new condition this a great example of the genre and at $795 in case it represents great buying, and yes I have driven the Lambo (thanks Vic) and it is very exhilarating ! SOLD

Lefties Galore


No we have not got the photos back to front!! Guitars Plus has an unusually large range of left handed guitars - about twenty all together - including these three beauties; l-r , Parker Fly, Edwards Les Paul and Epiphone Korina Explorer. They are all in beautiful pre loved condition and all ready to play. More details on request, but there are, as well as the ones pictured, two Tokai Japanese Les Paul's, four Strats, several acoustics and a Line 6 Variax. Don't ring about Telecasters guys 'cos there is none!!


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Australia phone : (03) 9597 0423
America phone : 011 613 9597 0423
International : + 613 9597 0423
Address : 5 Melrose Street
Sandringham, Vic 3191, Australia


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