Best music shops near BART

If you build it, they will strum. As is evident by all the different forms of live tunes reverberating through many BART stations, there’s no shortage of musicians around. That means that music shops with vast walls bearing mounted instruments must be in the vicinity as well.

High-end vintage guitars for collectors, basic gear for newbies, or lessons for any experience level are all within your trumpet-holding hand’s reach. Equipping stage performers and bedroom singers alike, the following instrument shops are steps from BART and just may have that gem you need to play a song that pulls the strings of your beloved’s heart. Let the serenading begin. 

Real Guitars

This is where you can find a breathtaking rare oldie. 

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Real Guitars

Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)
Music Works

The ever-adorable ukulele is a scene stealer at El Cerrito’s beloved mom-and-pop instrument hub, where guitars, pedals and amps are also mainstays.

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Music Works

El Cerrito del Norte
The Starving Musician

The Starving Musician not only got the name right, it houses a broad range of goods at affordable prices to satiate the hunger of, yes, starving musicians. 

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The Starving Musician

Downtown Berkeley
Jon’s Music & Repair Shop

Having opened up in 1954 as “Cook’s Repair Service,” this longtime Oakland staple eschews the world of electric guitars and amps, opting to spotlight the power of acoustic, woodwind and percussion instruments. 

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Jon’s Music & Repair Shop

19th St. Oakland

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