Jacksonville Guitar

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Steve Evans opened Jacksonville Guitar right after he graduated from high school in 1975 and the store's been a Central Arkansas favorite ever since. Guitar techs/salesmen Bob Tanner and Bobby Appleby were customers before they were hired 16 years ago. That's a lot of experience. The friendly staff will make sure you have everything you need and nothing more — unless you want it. The store itself is cozy, packed wall-to-wall with electric, acoustic and bass guitars, dobros, mandolins, ukuleles, straps, amps and tuners. If you want brand names, this place has them. They sell electric guitars from Fender, Michael Kelly, Gretch, Peavey, Luna, Dean, Ibanez, Jackson and Jay Turser. Most of the amps are by Fender and Peavey. If acoustic is more your style, you'll find names like Martin, Seagull, Bedell, Yamaha, Fender, Washburn, Takamine, Honer and Jay Turser. And if that isn't enough, there's even an old-time cowboy guitar museum — those old Sears and Montgomery Ward models with Western scenes painted right on the top — that Evans has built up over the years.

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