BEST MUSIC STORE (CORPORATE BEHEMOTH) Minneapolis 2001 - Guitar Center
Even if the cool, corporate climate is an affront to your rock 'n' roll sensibilities, the selection at Edina's Guitar Center is far and away the best in town. Besides a staggering collection of standards--guitars, drums, and keyboards--the superstore also has the area's best selection of computer software for home recording. The prices run in the mid-range (you'll have to lay down $500 for a Telecaster). And while you shop for deals (a Shure vocal mic, cable, and stand is a mere $100), it's good to beware of the occasional rip-off (drum knickknacks like sticks and heads tend to sell at the high end). The store carries 10,000 items and more than $4 million of inventory at any given time. But if the Edina store doesn't have it, you can check their Roseville location or send the staff on a hunting expedition. With 90 stores nationwide acting as a coast-to-coast warehouse, they are apt to get you playing lickety-split.