33 YEARS THIS YEAR

Guitars Plus is 33 years this year and are now into our 34th year of guitar selling. (8th November 1982 we opened as Musical Repair & Trading Co.) Chris Voce and Ross Nicol along with Ray Luckhurst a friend of Chris's also from London, started it all up and changed the name in about 1991 to Guitars Plus. Arriva Derci Ross - who has returned to his native New Zealand. This is a shot of Chris playing his Edwards Strat (an Eric Clapton Blackie copy) at a Two Dogs gig. Chris and Ross played in the Davey Bros band back in the eighties when this business was established, and Chris continues to gig around the Bayside area today, together with John Benfield, John worked for Roland in the 1980s and was the first rep to visit our store. I can't remember the first guitar we sold, but I can remember the first Gibson - a 1975 Les Paul Special, and the first Fender was a 1968 Candy Apple Red Strat. Thanks to all our many local - and not so local - regular clients and customers, and there isn't a day goes by without meeting a new customer, with a guitar problem, or to come and buy one. We have three generations of customers in the one family around this neck of the woods 33 years is a long time, so our appreciation goes out to all of you. Thanks too to all our many suppliers over the years, especially Sid West, Lamberti Brothers, Jade Sound and Maton Guitars, and also to past employees - too many to name but stand out contributions from Paul Howett, Ray Luckurst, Dan's Hobson, Zylinski, and Hawley and Neale Farnelle Thanks to one and all,

Coated Strings In Stock

Our store has good supplies of the new breed of coated guitar stings in stock, both Elixir and D'Addario. Remarkable performance with massive longevity. Come in today and have them fitted to your favourite guitar. These strings have been in short supply around Melbourne, but we are pleased to report the shop has plenty of stock for counter sales and workshop supplies.

Teaching Back To Full Strength

Brian May in the Simon Croft Band!
Croft Book DVD
Croft Book DVD content
Alex teaching young student

With the school year well underway we welcome the return of Simon Croft to our teaching staff. Alex continues his sterling work having covered many of Simon's students in his absence, as well as taking some new rock, jazz and gypsy jazz students. Simon has been in the UK and Denmark for the last 14 months working the Brian May's parts in the ' We Will Rock You' stage show, a task he has undertaken both over here and Japan.
We have also taken on a specialist to cover banjo, mandolin and slide guitar, welcome to Warren, - as well as dropped and open tuning tuition. Electric Bass lessons are available one day a week, Fridays at this stage, and a ukulele teacher is also available on request. In other words we can now cover ANY fretted instrument and welcome new students - beginners, intermediate and advanced. Bookings are made through the shop and we have daytime availability as well as all day Saturdays. Ring 9597 0423 to book - cost is $150 every five weeks -that is $30 a week and all lessons are one on one. Other instruments we give referrals and know most of the local teachers.
Shot shows Simon performing ' Little Wing' in the Simon Croft Band, featuring that dude from Queen on Rhythm Guitar.
Simon's tuition Book / DVD is also available from our store - signed if required for $25 inc postage. The last shot is of Alex Yarosh teaching a young student (his daughter!)
Alex can teach any style, but if you would like to pursue Gypsy Jazz or any kind of more advanced jazz / fusion then Alex is your man.

Simon Croft works at Guitars Plus By Appointment to His Majesty the Guitarist from Queen !

Welcome to the new website

Chris would like to welcome you to the new web site with a quick Ukulele strum and a brief look around our store (est 1982). We hope you like what you see and hear.

We are in the midst of completely rejigging our site and there will be some new pages, more product, and a faster response if you send an inquiry form - this function has been disrupted for the last 12 months or so. Our server will have been changed and we expect it to be all systems go in the very near future. We have now been on line since 2002 and we have favorable response from all corners of the globe.

Watch this space for more updates and clips of staff / teachers demonstrating our wares!

Workshops firing on all cylinders

QUICK PROFESSIONAL GUITAR and FRETTED INSTRUMENT REPAIRS, AMP REPAIRS TOO - VALVE AMPS A SPECIALITY.

Whilst we have always done instrument repairs we have really never bothered to promote this side of our biz. With the recent expansion of our workshop facility we are busier than ever before. So bring in your hobby or band guitars and let us take care of it, whether a simple jack replacement (Swichcraft sockets used exclusively) or a full service - recommended at least once a year, we can do it all. Amp repairs too, diagnosed in house and then repaired or serviced by Melbourne's premier amp technician, Tim Evans.

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Australia phone : (03) 9597 0423
America phone : 011 613 9597 0423
International : + 613 9597 0423
Address : 5 Melrose Street
Sandringham, Vic 3191, Australia

 

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