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Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4042
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

For those in the Northwest and/or familiar with the area:

My wife and I head up to Seattle tomorrow afternoon where I am scheduled to speak at the annual Hempfest celebration this weekend. I have some free time on Friday and thought I might check out a guitar store or two. Last year a friend brought me to Emerald City guitars, a wonderful shop. I'm definitely going back there again. Any other suggestions?

Bill, tgo
Intermediate Member
Username: john_judge

Post Number: 146
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 6:07 pm:   Edit Post

Bill If you are looking for the odd and unique and some beautiful acoustics. wild shapes, I am not sure he is still there but there was a place I stopped in one time in Seattle called Parson's guitar shop
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8547
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

For you Seattle area Alembic Club members, Bill is scheduled for Saturday at 3:45 on the Share Parker Memorial Main Stage. And he's also scheduled to be part of a panel discussion Saturday morning at 11:00 on the Hemposium Music Stage.
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 797
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

GuitarEmporium is a nice neighborhood acoustic shop,
and there is a good sandwich shop down the street; "The other coast cafe" .

"Dusty Strings" in Fremont is more folk instrument oriented...they have some acoustics (and harps,dulcimers,etc).

(Message edited by elwoodblue on August 12, 2009)
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 53
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

I am sad to have to miss that. It is the club championship(golf) this weekend. Two things I would enjoy here, Meeting a club member and Hempfest. I have been dissapointed lately with stores in Seattle. If you come to Portland I will show you every store in Town, Bill.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4044
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys. Parsons sounds interesting. By the way Dave, to be accurate I'm speaking as follows:


Hemposium Music Stage:
11:00 Panel - Human Rights for Cannabis Farmers, Dispensers, and Consumers

Share Parker Memorial Main Stage @ 3:45 p.m.


Seely Stage @ 5 p.m.

McWilliams Stage @ 6:40 P.M.

At least, that's the latest schedule they sent me.

Bill, tgo
Username: svlilioukalani

Post Number: 66
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 3:39 am:   Edit Post

I have played hempfest several times. It is always a memorable experience. Just don't eat the brownies. Had to turn it down this year for a paying gig Saturday night.

Some shops you may want to check out are......

Across the street from Guitar Emporium, in beautiful down town Ballard, a strange and funky guitar shop opened up. I don't know the name but they sell some very strange off beat stuff.

Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop 3406 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103

Rosewood guitars 8402 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 297-8788 High end clasical guitars.

Parson's is a repair shop more than a guitar shop. And it's next to the Guitar center. So bad Karma must be dripping into the place. We got Mike Lull here in town. Hide your credit cards before you walk into his shop. He makes some fine stuff. My favorite place in the world is BassNW. A 15 minute walk from Hempfest, and just a few blocks from Emerald City guitars. They have several Alembic Basses, no guitars. But worth checking out.

If your free Friday, late afternoon, I'll be taking my sailboat out for an hour or so. Always nice to have musicians aboard. The boat is in Ballard. Call anytime me at 206-660-9837. This offer stand for any alembic club members who want to sail.

Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 1232
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

Emerald City Guitars
83 S. Washington
Seattle WA 98104

They've got some interesting stuff. I'm leaving tomorrow, but if you want to get together today/tonight, let me know.

Intermediate Member
Username: phylo

Post Number: 124
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Parson's isn't really a store - at all. Its a repair and build shop. Not too much to see there. But Randy does fantastic work.

Ooops, I see that has been mentioned already. Its already written so I might as well post.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4047
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post

Change in schedule. I'm no longer on the Human Rights for Cannabis Farmers, Dispensers, and Consumers panel at 11:00 on Saturday. Instead, I'll be on the California panel on Sunday at 11:50 - same place. Had a great Italian dinner last night at Il Bistro. Now I'm off to Emerald City Guitars and to track down the store across from Guitar Emporium. Dinner tonight at some place called the Dahlia Lounge. I hear it's good. Then on to a reception at the Center for Wooden Boats. Lots of Starbucks around here!

Bill Panzer
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 454
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 5:45 pm:   Edit Post

Might as well check out Bass Northwest while you are there! It's a bass player's heaven and they often have a number of nice Alembics.

Username: brb9911

Post Number: 58
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Another thumbs up for Dusty Strings -- nice acoustics (in all price ranges, too) and a real friendly staff.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 541
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

So, what did you buy, Bill?

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4057
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

I found a Daion Power Mark X in very nice condition at Emerald City Guitars. By the way, the new shop across and down the street a couple of blocks from Guitar Emporium is Bradley's Guitars. It's been there about a month. He specializes in older low and mid level guitars. Lot's of 60's Japanese makes, Ekos, Danelectros, weird stuff. Very cool and different store and he's a very nice guy. Hempfest was a blast.

Bill, tgo

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