Guitar Stop® is a family owned & operated retail musical instrument store located in Cambridge MA, 3 miles from Boston, since 1962. For three generations we have been a full service neighborhood music store; selling guitars, accessories & offering lessons and minor repairs. Guitar Stop® is an authorized guitar dealer for Cordoba®, Fender®, Grestch®, Seagull, Squier®, Traveler® and Washburn®; and an authorized amplifier dealer for Fender® and Roland® .
We sell music books, method books, strings and accessories. We have a selection of child sized guitars, travel guitars and left handed instruments. Minor repairs are done at Guitar Stop® 7 days a week; which includes: restringing, set-ups, intonation and neck adjustments. Electrical and major repairs are done at Guitar Stop® by appointment on Sundays from 12:00 - 6:00.
We offer individual Music Lessons 7 days per week for Guitar, Bass, Piano, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo. Our instructors have degrees in music, and are professional working musicians. The instructor gears the lesson towards the needs of the individual student, teaching a basis of theory in the style of music the student is interested in.
How We Started:
Guitar Stop® was originally started in 1962 by Edward Oster, the original name for the store was Central Sales Company.
The name was changed to GUITAR STOP® in 1998 to better reflect the store's focus.
Central Sales Company 1962-1987
Ed inside Central Sales Company
Central Sales Music Company 1987-1998
1702 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 1987-1999
Guitar Stop 1998 - Present
Central Sales Music Co. changed its name to Guitar Stop® in 1998 to better reflect the store's focus.
1760 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 1999 - Present
Max the official greeter works Tuesdays- Fridays
Guitar Stop® relocated to 1760 Massachusetts Ave on June 27, 1999
Guitar Stop® remains a family business, Jeanne Oster is the proprietor, her sister Annette is the Retail Manager & Lesson Program Coordinator and her brother Al is the Service Manager. Alex (Annette's son) is the third generation to work in the store; teaching private music lessons, along with retail sales and service.
We are a neighborhood music store, combining small store service with a wide selection of instruments and accessories. We do set-ups and minor repairs 7 days a week. We enjoy helping new players chose their first instrument, and more advance players can find their next guitar here to take them to the next level. Our lesson program consists of private instruction by professional musicians available every day.
Guitar Stop® held a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday September 30, 2012
Guitar Stop Sales & Teaching Staff 09/30/2012
Front Row: Jean Pierre d'Alencon, Annette Osgood, Jeanne Oster, Alex Oster, Al Oster, Tomas Murmis,
Back Row: Travis Pullman, Will Chapin, Richie Tally