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Guitar shops in Paris?

I have a friend who is going to Paris for two weeks starting on Thursday and is thinking about upgrading his guitar. Can anyone recommend some reputable shops? He grew up over there, can speak French, so language is not a problem.

Thanks!

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  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,665
    Here's a good place to start, R&F Charles:
    http://www.rfcharle.com/HTML/La_boutiqueangl.html

    Click on "Instrument List" to see the current inventory.
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,665
    Also Castelluccia is located right in Paris:
    http://www.castelluccia.fr/home.php

    and there may be others as well.
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • HotTinRoofHotTinRoof Florida✭✭✭
    Posts: 308
    Adrian keeps up a cool google maps page for GJ sites in Paris. Has quite a few music stores!

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&m ... ee5259dd91

    I see he has R&F Charles, however I don't see Castelluccia. We collaborate and make Adrian's page here the go-to place for things GJ in Paris. :lol:

    Makes me want to book a plane ticket...

    Enjoy!
  • Thanks. This is a good list.
  • adrianadrian AmsterdamVirtuoso
    Posts: 508
    HotTinRoof wrote:
    Adrian keeps up a cool google maps page for GJ sites in Paris. Has quite a few music stores!

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&m ... ee5259dd91

    I see he has R&F Charles, however I don't see Castelluccia. We collaborate and make Adrian's page here the go-to place for things GJ in Paris. :lol:

    Thanks for the pointer, guys. I've just added Castelluccia to the map.

    jkaz -- check out Rue de Douai (it's on the map, as a blue line toward the north side of the city). It's a ton of guitar stores, one after another. Not all of them have gypsy jazz guitars, but many do. Also, R&F Charle is a must-see. It's kind of hard to find -- it's in an indoor mall kind of thing.

    Adrian
  • Thanks, Adrian. My buddy already left for Paris, but was pretty familiar with the location of most of these places. His mom now lives in Paris, so he'll be there for a little while.

    Also, he's going to see Les Doigts on Saturday.
  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 899

    Had a quick couple of days in Paris last week so had to check out the usual guitar shops, but while some (Casanova the ex-RF Charles shop) were closed those I could check over at Pigalle did not have much of interest in GJ guitars.


    Apart from an Altamira 'Chorus' style at about regular retail price I could not find much else. Casanova probably had the usual gems in stock but the window display had a fancy Hofner Galaxy, a Framus and a Tele'


    while the others mostly seem to want to sell vintage Fenders at inflated prices. I did enquire about a cute Di Mauro mandolin at one shop but 600Euros seemd a bit much, the last one I bought was less than 200.

    Bill Da Costa Williams
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