Gilmore Music Store
1935 E. 7th Street  Long Beach, California 90813 (map)
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About Us


  My father, Glenn Gilmore, opened Gilmore Music in 1944 at 1935 E. 7TH St., Long Beach, California and it remains in the same location today. He opened the store based on music instrument repair and Gilmore’s Music School. He was able to attract highly qualified instructors for every class of instrument played. Glenn was self-taught in the art of repair and quickly became sought after by professionals and school districts in Southern California, for all repairs of their instruments. Eventually Gilmore Music expanded into retail sales of all varieties of instruments played in orchestra, concert band and jazz.  

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Today Gilmore’s offers the services listed above and has added: electronic repair of keyboards, amplifiers, electric guitar and bass, which is staffed with highly trained personnel. Ethnic instruments from all parts of the world have also been added to the wide range of instruments in stock. You can view them on our Ethnic Instruments page. We are also open 7 days a week to make it easier for our customers to make use of these services. Our music school has begun group classes as well as private music lessons. We also provide individualized lessons for students with special needs. Just go to our contact page for our phone # and e-mail address or our lessons page to contact a teacher of interest. Finally we proudly announce the opening of OPEN MIC NIGHT on the last Saturday of each month. This will give all aspiring musicians a stage to perform for a live audience.

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             Gilmore Music Store Front in 1944 

As the second generation proprietor operating the store, I have seen many changes that have taken place since the inception of the store. This has included the introduction of different genres of music, most prominently Rock‘n’Roll. This introduced the electric guitar and bass to the instrument family. These types of instruments have dominated sales in our store for the last 47 years. The Beatles and Rolling Stones influenced the youth and young adults who came to Gilmore Music for Vox and Fender electric instruments. It was so cool to actually stock the same instruments that these super groups used. In addition the square footage of the store increased greatly with the addition of a larger showroom, warehouse, and recording studio.

   Glenn Gilmore in Rear Showroom

 Gilmore Music has served the surrounding community and will continue to do so for the life of the store. We thank our faithful customers for their patronage over the years and into the future.

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