Dave’s Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

There are only two kinds of holiday shopping. Shopping months ahead of time, or scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift.  If you are the later and not the former, there’s no need to fret! Holiday shopping for musicians sounds daunting, but it’s actually pretty simple.  Jazz is hard, holiday shopping doesn’t […]

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Wait 24 Hours to Open your Package from Dave’s!

You finally pulled the trigger on that Rickenbacker 4003s you’ve wanted forever, and it arrives today! You haven’t felt this kind of excitement since you were a child, when only moments later you’re hit with the all too familiar disappointment of being an adult when you read, “Do not open for 24 hours, shipped from […]

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Set up an Appointment! (COVID19 Update)

Editor’s Note: The original article was published in June 2020 and will be continually updated as new information regarding COVID-19 is released. Update 01/02/2021 As we move into the new year we are consistently monitoring the status of the COVID-19 Pandemic and adapting to the best ways to serve you. We are still currently restricting […]

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Dave’s Drum Depot Updated Hours

Hey Folks! This is a quick message from your friends here at Dave’s Drum Depot. We’ve updated our in-store hours of operation to be closed on Sundays and Mondays. We will continue to be open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. You can still schedule an appointment to […]

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Are We Still Open? Yes! (COVID19 Update FAQ)

This is a strange time to be a guitar store, but it’s a strange time for everyone. We know you have questions about how we are currently operating, and what steps we are taking to provide a safe environment for you and our staff. Here is a brief FAQ on how we are operating during […]

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Drumming up Business: Dave’s Drum Depot!

If there were only two truths in the world, they would be this: the sun will come up tomorrow, and Dave’s Guitar Shop sells guitars. For almost forty years, Dave’s LaCrosse has been the “Mecca of the Midwest” for guitarists and bassists around the world. The guitar community has always been what makes  Dave’s great, […]

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*Taylor Guitars: Spring Sales Event

Taylor Guitar fans out there, take advantage of our current guitar promotion right now through May 31st: -Purchase any new 300 series or higher Taylor and get a GS Mini or Academy Series for only $99 extra. Purchase any new 200 series guitar and get a Baby Taylor for only $99 extra (Must purchase both […]

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Showroom Hours Suspended

“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away / Now it looks as though they’re here to stay / Oh, I believe in yesterday” On the Beatles 1965 album “Help” they spoke eloquently about the troubles of today and looking longing at the simplicity of yesterday. Here at DGS we love our Guitars, our Rock […]

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FAVORITES FROM WINTER NAMM 2020

Winter NAMM, that time of year when we all look to Anaheim, California for the newest and best innovations in the music industry. If you recall last year’s convention, we thought we had seen it all. Telecasters that are also acoustics, a local blues hero getting their own signature guitar (shout out to East Troy, […]

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Milwaukee is Getting a New Store!

Milwaukee’s New Store Hey all!  We wanted to give everyone an update about what’s happening at Dave’s Guitar Shop Milwaukee. If you’ve been watching our facebook page @dgsmke, you would know that we are leaving our current location in Bay View, and moving a few miles north to Walker’s Point. We’re going to miss the Bay […]

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Buy, Sell, Trade: A Guitar’s Journey Back Home

Buying, selling and trading gear is part of the fun of being a guitar player. With the announcement of Gibson’s new product line for 2019, guitarists around the world may just find room for one more to add to their collection. It’s fun to hunt for specific pieces, and when you find your Holy Grail, […]

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Understanding Gretsch Electronics

“That Great Gretsch Sound” Gretsch has a long storied history dating back to 1883, when Friedrich Gretsch first set up shop in Brooklyn, New York. Their guitars are celebrated pieces of early rock & roll Americana, and are still amongst some of the most sought after guitars on the market today. The Gretsch brand houses some of […]

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Dave’s in the Community

About a month ago, the team at Dave’s Milwaukee were approached by local musician, Victor Manuel Campos, about making a bulk order for acoustic guitars. Campos volunteers at Faith/Santa Fe Lutheran Church, where he teaches small class sizes  of elementary aged children.  Through the church, the children perform music at many venues throughout Milwaukee. These […]

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Favorites from Winter NAMM 2019

If you’ve been playing guitar for a while, you know there is always a new piece of gear you just “gotta have.” Winter NAMM comes and goes, and some guitar or innovation captures your imagination like the first time you strummed a G chord. This year, guitar companies industry wide have revealed no shortage of […]

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Start the New Year with New Strings

    Happy New Year! The ball dropped and the champagne popped, and now we look forward to the future. We’ve all made resolutions in years past, and maybe one of your resolutions for this year is to finally nail the intro section in Cliffs of Dover (good luck!)  Of all the changes you will […]

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Four Tips for Buying Someone Their First Guitar

It is a tricky business buying someone’s first guitar. Music is inherently subjective, and there is no “one size fits all” guitar. Perhaps you’ve heard the colloquial ‘guitarisms’ from your guitar player friends suggesting a “Mexi Strat” as a great beginner guitar, or maybe you’ve heard  “starting on an acoustic is the way to go.” […]

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Best of Milwaukee – Final Voting!

Ladies and gentlemen, we need your help one last time! Earlier on, we posted about entering our Milwaukee location in the Shepherd Express “Best of Milwaukee” competition for “Best Musical Instrument Store.” Everyone that assisted us in the initial round of voting is to thank for getting us to the final round. It’s now time to bring […]

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Best of Milwaukee 2018 – Cast Your Vote!

Dave’s Guitar Shop came to the greater Milwaukee area in June of 2017. It has been a fantastic fifteen months being able to assist so many more people in finding the instrument they have been truly looking for. Now, Dave’s Guitar Shop Milwaukee needs your help! Every year, Shepherd Express runs a “Best of Milwaukee” campaign for the […]

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Thriving in Madison!

To say that the city of Madison, Wisconsin has been nice to Dave’s Guitar Shop would be an understatement by a large margin. Wisconsin has always been a nice home for Dave’s, but it could not be much clearer that Madison has been needing a new guitar shop for some time now. We were happy […]

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Photography @ DGS

Hey folks! We’ve had some questions about our photography process, and I’m hoping I can shed some light on it (pun absolutely intended). Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer them! When a guitar comes into our shop, whether used or new, one […]

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Condition Ratings

Here at DGS we understand the struggle of purchasing a guitar without being able to lay eyes on it in person. While we are always happy to provide an in-hand description of a guitar over the phone, we want you to have the confidence to purchase an item sight-unseen. While we have traditionally used the […]

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G&L Doheny – Cool Guitar of the Day

Our Cool Guitar of the Day today is this brand new G&L Doheny! With the Surf Green finish, Tortoise Guard, Maple board with block inlays, and black plastic, you’ll have a seriously unique guitar. Click any of the photos to learn more!

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Cool Guitars of the Day – ’66 Strat and ’53 Tele

We just got in a couple of really cool player-grade vintage Fenders for sale that we’d like to show off! First, one the left is this ’53 Tele. The body and neck were refinished many years ago in Butterscotch Blonde, with a Repro decal, and a Pro refret. It also looks like Seymour Duncan pickups have […]

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DGS Milwaukee Now Carries Collings, PRS, G&L and Waterloo!

We’re very excited to announce that our Milwaukee location now carries Collings, PRS, G&L and Waterloo! Our Milwaukee Location is also a Grade A repair shop that does clean, precise and efficient repair work of every level of complexity. We’re really proud of what Phil is doing out that location, and we’re really excited to see […]

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Incoming NOS ’96 and ’97 PRS Guitars

An exciting day today here at DGS! We just received 12 NOS PRS Guitars that we’re going to be selling on our website. Most of the guitars even have the plastic around the neck that was put there in the factory. These guitars are in AMAZING condition, and they likely won’t last long.  

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Congrats, Casey!

Congrats to our very own Casey Virock on his endorsement by G&L! He decided to pick up their new model, the Doheny. Casey is a huge Jazzmaster and Jaguar fan, so he was immediately excited to see and play G&L’s take on the offset style. Needless to say, Casey absolutely loves his Doheny. He plugged […]

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Collings 290 Aged in Sherwood Green – Cool Guitar of the Day

Today’s Cool Guitar of the Day is this incredibly slick Collings 290 Aged in Sherwood Green (one of the best Fender custom colors, in my humble opinion). The employees here are hoping this one sells quick so we don’t have to be tempted by it for much longer! See more info on it here: https://davesguitar.com/products/collings/290-aged/ Sherwood […]

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Pete Townshend Les Paul Deluxe – Cool Guitar of the Day

Today’s guitar of the day is this Pete Townshend Les Paul Deluxe. Not something you see every day! Check out our website listing here: https://davesguitar.com/products/gibson/pete-townshend-les-paul-deluxe-05/ Cherry, Custom Shop, Number 13 of the run, With both certificates and hardshell case, EC+

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Collings I-35 Deluxe – Cool Guitar of the Day, October 3rd 2017

Our cool guitar of the day today is this Collings I-35 Deluxe with a truly remarkable top on it. Here are the specs: Tiger Eye Sunburst, High gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Optional Premium Quilt Maple top, Semi-hollow Honduran Mahogany body with a Maple center block, Optional Black/White top purfling, Jason Lollar Low-Wind Imperial humbucking pickups, […]

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New to Dave’s Collection: 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body 6120

We’re happy to be able to unveil the newest addition to Dave’s Collection: a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body 6120   Here’s the story: According to the Gretsch 6120 book by Edward Ball, Gretsch guitars were usually made in batches of 100. Halfway through the 208xx batch, plain block finger board inlays were replaced by […]

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Guitar Lessons

We get asked a lot around here at Dave’s if we offer lessons. And the answer to that questions is yes! We have some really great teachers who rent space from us that offer lessons. They do all of their own pricing and scheduling, so you’ll have to contact them to learn more: Guitar: Dan Drieson – […]

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Thank you for a great 35 Years! Giveaway update!

Thanks to all of you our 35th anniversary party was a huge success! It was truly humbling watching throngs of people come through the store, celebrating the last 35 years of being part of this community! Above all we are guitar geeks and players. That is why Dave started this shop 35 years ago and […]

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1937 Martin D-28 Vintage Demo

Carl has been busy back in repair lately! He spent some time on one of Dave’s old Martin acoustics. Here we have Alex Meine (Carl’s brother) playing on the 1937 D28. This guitar has monster tone and has really aged beautifully.

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J-MOD100 Now Available for Pre-Order

No compromise amp designed with John Mayer. The J-MOD 100 amplifier was intimately designed by Paul Reed Smith, Doug Sewell, and John Mayer to not only handle Mayer’s live work with Dead & Company, but to also move seamlessly into recording and performing with the John Mayer Trio. With a thoughtful control platform, impeccable build, […]

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Goodbye 2016!

We would like to thank all of our customers for an amazing 2016. We wouldn’t exist without such a solid customer base. Happy New Years from Dave’s Guitar Shop! We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Closed Christmas Eve

We will be closed Christmas Eve to Celebrate the Holidays. We will be opened on Monday Dec. 26th. We will you all a Safe and Happy Holiday! Thanks for all that you have done and for making this an awesome year!

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Welcome Coalition Drum Shop!

We are excited to welcome Coalition Drum Shop into our building! We are excited to be able to offer a one-stop location for Guitar Players and Drummers alike! Due to the proximity and our relationship with them we are now able to accept drums in trade on guitars! So if you have a Drum Kit, […]

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DGS Vintage Demo Series

Here at Dave’s Guitar Shop we have been working on our videos and we have a brand new series called “DGS Vintage Demo”. Once a week we take a guitar from Dave’s personal collection and film a demo of it. We will upload the videos to our Facebook and Youtube pages. If you have a […]

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Taylor New for 2016 Event

We are excited to be hosting a New for 2016 Taylor Find your Fit event! Stop down to be one of the first to experience what is new from Taylor in the coming year!

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Chris Thile and The Loar

We had the opportunity to catch The Punch Brothers in concert at the Overture Hall in Madison, Wi last night. We were lucky enough to score some time with Chris Thile and brought the 1923 Gibson Lloyd Loar F-5 Mandolin for him to check out. As you can probably tell from his expression he was […]

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Sean Jordan

Sean Jordan was in the shop last week and we talked him into doing a quick video for us. He just graduated high school and is heading out to Berklee this fall to major in guitar performance. He is extremely talented and it was a pleasure having him play for us. Thanks Sean! Fender Custom […]

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JD Simo Visit

JD Simo was out on the road and dropped in to say hello. He played a little for us on Dave’s 1959 Les Paul Burst. Enjoy!

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DGS Shop Tour

Our Friends over at Premier Guitar came through and did a really great tour of our shop. Make sure you check it out!

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PRS Factory Visit / Wood Library

We recently got a chance to go and spend some time with our friends out at PRS. We got a chance to spend sometime in the Stevensville area on Sunday afternoon. Its a beautiful little town right on the Chesapeake Bay. We had a nice dinner right on the water and got a chance to […]

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PRS Dealer Spotlight

Our friends over at Paul Reed Smith recently did a small interview with us and posted a very nice dealer spotlight on their website! Head over there and check it out! http://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/blog/post/meet_the_dealer_daves_guitar_shop  

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PRS and Dave’s NOS Guitars

Over the last 6 Months we have been recieving some awesome NOS Artist Brazilian and Korina McCarty guitars from PRS. Check out these videos of Paul discussing talking about these guitars! PRS NOS Artist Brazilian PRS NOS Korina McCarty          

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Taylor Find your Fit Event

We are hosting a Taylor find your fit event on Saturday Oct. 12th. Taylor’s factory experts will be on hand to help you learn more about Tone Woods, Body Shapes and Taylor Guitars. They will help you navigate the confusing acoustic world and figure out what type of guitar is right for you! We are […]

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1935 Martin 000-45 Demo

Check out this awesome video of one of our Customers Don Johnson playing the 1935 Martin 000-45. 1935 Martin 000-45 Played By Don Johnson And here is Mike Munson with a little Slide Action. Mike Munson Playing 1935 Martin 000-45

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PRS Clinic June 1st!

We are happy to announce that on June 1st we will be hosting Paul Reed Smith, Tony Mcmanus and Davy Kowles for a clinic! They will be showing off new products and the features of the guitars that they love! The clinic will start at 1pm! Come on in and check it out! We will […]

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PRS 2007 Brazilian Guitars

The recent supply of 2007 Brazilian Artist Package Guitars that we have received has raised some questions and we would like to answer them.  Back towards the tail end of 2007 PRS’ wood supplier went under investigation for the authenticity of their wood sources.  PRS decided to stash these particular guitars as they were built […]

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30 Years and Still Going Strong!

July 1982. This date may seem insignificant to most people. For some it’s just another month of summer 30 years ago. For some people, like me, it seems like an arbitrary date before we were born when people had crazy hair and wore crazier clothes. Still, for some it marks the beginning of a journey […]

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Steve Miller is in the Shop!

We have the great honor of welcoming Steve Miller to our shop today! Its always exciting to get to meet the legends in person! Here is Steve checking out Dave’s 1959 Les Paul “Burst”.

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1954 Fender Strat

Some Times we get some seriously awesome guitars in here. Check out this EARLY 1954 Fender Strat! This is one of the earliest guitars from Fender we have seen in a very long time. When we got this guitar the body had been completely sanded down. We painted and refinished the body. Remarkably the neck […]

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The Photo Taking Process

So just about everyday i get one of two questions regarding our photo taking process. Allot of people contact us asking “How do you make your photos look so good?” while many other ask “Can you send me pictures of that guitar with your phone? Those photos cant be accurate.” While this is often perplexing, […]

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1965 Fender Stratocaster… With just a little TLC

So, almost daily we get emails, phone calls or walk-in about really cool old guitars. Some times people are just wondering what they are worth, sometimes people are looking for insurance appraisals or sometimes people are looking to sell them. We are lucky enough to work in a place like this and after a while […]

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Say hello to our friends… Coalition Drum Shop

Its always exciting for us to get a chance to support other local music shops! It was 30 years ago that Dave started a small guitar shop in La Crosse, Wi, never would he have imagined that it would grow into what it is today! I am excited and proud to announce Coalition Drum Shop […]

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Acoustic Guitar Top Wood – What does it do?

So back to the world of Acoustic Guitars… this wonderfully confusing world can be more than complicated. Previously we have talked about tone wood on Acoustic Guitars and the sound difference that this makes. Now we take a look top wood and the difference that this makes on sound. So the big question that everyone […]

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Gear Guru: 1902 Martin 1-30

1902 Martin 1-30 #9475   Every so often, a guitar hits the bench that I fall in love with. It was in pretty rough shape and I could tell it was going to be a lengthy venture but something about it was just too unique to do anything but give it what it needed. Everything […]

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Guitar Anatomy: Acoustic Guitar Tone Wood

Here in the acoustic room of D.G.S. we get allot of questions like “So whats the difference between all of these guitars?”. To a trained guitar player the difference in acoustic’s may seem obvious but to the average player it can be allot more difficult to understand. When you walk into our Electric show room […]

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Tours: Taylor Guitar Co.

Every once in a while we get the opportunity to visit guitar companies for training and tours. Its always a great time and we wanted to give you the chance to see a little bit of what we get to see! I wont drag on… the photos speak for themselves! Questions? Ask below! Like What you see? Check out […]

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Gear Guru: Tylor Fischer’s Guitars

In the never ending quest to find tone there are two types of knowledge. The first is what i call “Forum Knowledge”. The internet is full of wonderful, and sometimes useless, information on guitars. Everyone has their opinion and the internet is the sounding board where everyone’s opinions get heard. The second is what i […]

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Hello World! Meet Lock…

The first time I met Lock, I knew he would be a perfect fit for the repair shop here at Dave’s. A spot previously held by Sig Lombardi who, being Italian, had a genetic predisposition to venture off and study the fine art of the Violin. We thank Sig for his fine work. It’s a […]

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Hello world! Welcome to DGS!

So imagine this… You work in one of the coolest guitar shops in the world. Every day you get to play with, talk about and look at, not only the latest and greatest stuff that’s new to the guitar world, but some of the most unique, rare and valuable vintage guitars still circling the shadowy […]

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