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Offline Ernie

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Buying a guitar
« on: January 08, 2018, 21:27:36 pm »
Can anyone advise where I might buy a cheap electric guitar on the island. Of course Fuertebay and the second hand shops are one option but what about musical instrument shops ? I am aware of the one in the old town of Corralejo but it is not great. Where are the guitar shops in Puerto ?

Many thanks,

Ernie

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 22:30:25 pm »
Not a direct answer to your question but I just bought a Fender squier bullet strat in the UK and brought it over. The neck can be taken off for easy transportation. Brought it as hand luggage. Absolutely brilliant guitar for the money. Also bought a boss katakana mini amp for practice. Great sound. Definitely recommend that too.

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 23:09:39 pm »
Thanks Keith,

I have the same guitar at home in the UK. Surely the neck is too long to fit in a hand luggage case ? Did you bring it with Ryanair ? Any more info gratefully received. A great idea that I just assumed was not possible.

It was precisely this guitar that I wanted to buy if I could find one cheap enough on the island. Just a decent cheap guitar to play while I am here.

I know all about the Boss Katana amps but don’t own one. I am a fan of the Yamaha THR series for small practice amps.

Ernie

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 11:10:33 am »
Hi Ernie,
We flew with Norwegian Air and luckily they have a slightly generous hand baggage allowance for musical instruments.

I also looked for shops over here and only found the one in Corralejo. Thought there would be one in PDR but I couldn't find it. The guitar I bought was a HSS version so you have one humbucker which is nice. Good luck!!!

Cheers...Keith

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 14:07:54 pm »
Can anyone advise where I might buy a cheap electric guitar on the island. Of course Fuertebay and the second hand shops are one option but what about musical instrument shops ? I am aware of the one in the old town of Corralejo but it is not great. Where are the guitar shops in Puerto ?

Many thanks,
Ernie

Only one, but it's number two. They do have cheap guitars though if that's what you want, probably ythe same as in Corrie.

Musical Perdomo, Calle Sancho Panza.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 14:26:25 pm »
Thanks to you both. It appears Norwegian only fly from Gatwick which is no use for Yorkshire. Their site seems to offer Manchester but no flights are shown.

So back to square one unfortunately. I will check out the shop mentioned by Woe.

Thanks again.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 15:29:12 pm »
This is easyJets policy and sizing for instruments if that's any help?

http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/baggage/musical-instruments

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 15:42:29 pm »
Thanks Deso. Does that mean that if I achieve the dimensions on the first line then I can carry it as my sole piece of hand luggage for free ?


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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 15:48:26 pm »
Just checking Ryanair and Jet2 (which are both much more convenient for me than either EJ or Norwegian) and neither offer the same flexibility of cabin baggage size

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 16:47:35 pm »
Google "tiendas de musica puerto del rosario" and u get 2 or 3 results.

Don't know what they sell, but both shops seemed comprehensive, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 00:26:21 am »
Have you considered shipping a guitar over via Woodside?

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 00:28:02 am »
I seem to remember there was a music store in PDR on the road up from the 3 Bums roundabout about 3/4 way up on the left hand side.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 09:11:45 am »
Think outside the box, or outside the island. GranCanaria is just a very short voyage away and has a lot of more possibilities

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 09:45:02 am »
When traveling from the 3 bums towards the Airport the road narrows and there’s an arrow to the right. Follow the arrow and there’s a fairly good music shop with a selection of guitars on one of the narrow streets. Actually it’s on a corner. Maybe street view may help. Now that was over a year ago.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 09:46:58 am by dagwood »

Offline Ernie

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 11:13:43 am »
Thanks all.

I plan on checking out the two music stores mentioned, maybe even today. I have located them both on Google maps.

Shipping one out via Woodside could also be an option. I guess it depends on price.

My logic has always been that the sort of guitar I want to buy costs £120 in the UK so if I could get one here for €150 or so then I would rather do that than spend half that sum or more in shipping one over.

The hand luggage option on EJ or Norwegian was something I wasn’t aware of but I have to weigh that up against the flight costs and inconvenience of getting to the nearest airport for these companies which in my case is Liverpool from Sheffield.

I thought I knew my electric guitars but the music shop in Corralejo had a rack full of names I’d never heard of. Didn’t inspire much confidence hence me looking elsewhere. All I want is a cheap Squier or Epiphone.

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2018, 15:29:48 pm »
Thanks Deso. Does that mean that if I achieve the dimensions on the first line then I can carry it as my sole piece of hand luggage for free ?

The way I read it you can take something up to that size in place of your hand luggage for free provided it goes in the overhead locker.
I suppose the only concern with that is making sure other people don't throw their bags in with it and damage it.  :o

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2018, 18:33:24 pm »
Norwegian end their Gatwick service at the end of March. From then on they contract all their LGW capacity to TUI and that makes the flights expensive, and I don't know if the luggage rules will revert to the more restrictive TUI (Thomson) ones.


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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 13:37:26 pm »
Think outside the box, or outside the island. GranCanaria is just a very short voyage away and has a lot of more possibilities

Eric is right, some great guitar shops in Las Palmas, and musch cheaper on Binter than having on shipped or paying the airline..

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2018, 14:43:17 pm »
depending on the tide could you not ask the shop on gran canaria to drop it in the harbour and just wait for it, save on the airfare

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2018, 15:35:16 pm »
We have found it very difficult to find a decent selection of musical instruments here.
We have been using Thomann in Germany. No problems with shipping.
The last purchase was a Roland piano. Great service.

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2018, 17:40:46 pm »
Hi Chris,

I have used Thomann a few times to ship to my home in the U.K. Great service.

How long does it take them to ship out to FV ? Are there any issues with customs etc ?

Any information gratefully received.

Regarding the music shops in Puerto, one no longer exists but is a beautician instead. The other is terrible, so it would appear that the little place in Corralejo is as good as it gets (which is dire).

Rgds,

Ernie

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2018, 23:19:35 pm »
Ernie, I've got a Fender Custom Shop, '56 Relic Stratocaster for sale in Caleta. €3500.00

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Re: Buying a guitar
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2018, 08:49:45 am »
Thanks Fry. I’ll pass  :)