Some may be surprised to hear that San Diego harbors a thriving and ever-expanding music community. A mandatory Southern California destination on any tour, San Diego has as many local musical acts as it does big time visitors, keeping it lively on any given night. Of course, the greatest by-product of a thriving music scene – guitar shops! And one of the coolest shops in San Diego is Andy’s Guitar Shop.
Formerly known as El Rayo Guitarworks, current owner Andy Greenberg changed the name to Andy’s Guitar Shop after his old partner left the business. A no-nonsense, little shop, Andy’s is a truly professional store, specializing in repairs and set-ups. Essentially one giant repair room, split into an entrance/guitar showroom and full on “employee’s only” repair shop, Andy’s makes no pretense about its purpose. Stocking a small supply of acoustic and electric guitars and a good selection of picks and strings, Andy’s Guitar Shop is predominantly a world-class guitar repair shop.
I waltzed into Andy’s on one of those rare rainy San Diego days. Andy himself was in the repair side of the room, fiddling with a guitar. I glanced over the small collection of axes dangling on the wall, and was drawn to a modified Epiphone hollow body. I asked if I may noodle, and an employee granted my wish, even offering to change the strings if they felt too dead. After a short bit of playing, Andy invited me to the repair half of the room to plug into a stellar Dr. Z amp. He explained how he had modified this guitar, put in a Piezo PU and a stereo/mono switch – no easy feat! Although I was just browsing, I was surprised by how he had transformed a seemingly middle of the road guitar into a professional, tonally diverse axe that played great. One thing’s for sure, Andy definitely knows what he’s doing – I look forward to having him set-up some of my axes in the near future.
So if you’re in San Diego and want to check out a great shop, breathe life into an old, neglected guitar, or just get a great set-up, visit Andy’s Guitar Shop @ 3043 Adam’s Ave. San Diego, CA 92116