Just east of the Mississippi River in downtown LaCrosse, WI is one of the coolest guitar shops I have ever visited, Dave’s Guitar Shop. There are literally walls and walls of guitars. The store is pretty large and there is a different section for each major brand. They have a huge quantity of Paul Reed Smiths, Gibson and Fender guitars. There are also many boutique brands and vintage guitars. Dave’s collection of vintage guitars is on display on the second floor of the store so don’t forget to visit.
When I arrived, I immediately tried out the Fender custom shop strats and telecasters and was amazed to see the selection available. Next I tried the Paul Reed Smiths and Gibson selections. I was also quite impressed with their customer service, I wasn’t in there for 5 minutes when someone encouraged me to grab any guitar I wanted and plug it in. When I told him I was interested in Gibson semi-hollow body guitars one of the sales reps brought me several to try and was more than willing to swap them out until I found THE ONE.
I didn’t end up buying a guitar this time but bought a soft Dave’s Guitar Shop T-shirt to remember my visit. If you are ever in the vicinity of this shop you have to spend a couple hours here. If you are in the market for a high end electric or acoustic guitar there’s a large enough collection here to find one to go home with.