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Chandler Guitars closes doors after 37 years of trading

Laura  Barnes
Chandler Guitars closes doors after 37 years of trading

MI retail store Chandler Guitars has announced that it will close its doors for the last time on 31st October 2016 after 37 years of trading in Kew, Surrey, due to retirement.

The business was started in 1979 by current owner Paula Chandler and her then husband Doug. The pair went on to build the “go-to” venue for professional and keen amateur guitarists from all over London – a reputation that survives to this day.

Over the years the West London location became a regular stopping off point for top UK and US acts and their road crews at the start of UK tours. Regular customers got used to seeing stars as diverse as Pete Townshend, Colin Firth and Mick Jagger dropping in, confident in the discreet professionalism and unbeatable product knowledge of Paula and her staff.

The retailer has pioneered countless brands over the years which were unknown at the time, but which have gone on to become household names in the industry.
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PRS, Schecter, ESP, and Tom Anderson Guitars all appeared for the first time in the UK in the window of Chandler Guitars, as did Rivera and Soldano Amps, Seymour Duncan and EMG pickups, and countless other products.

“Customers, whether they are a number one selling artist or someone just picking up the guitar for the first time, come to us to share knowledge, music, coffee and a love and passion for guitars. Products come and go but it’s fantastic customers coming in the door that have given me the greatest pleasure over the years,” commented Chandler Guitars’ Paula Chandler.

Paula and the boys, Neil, Andrew, Andy and Brinsley, wish to thank everyone for all their friendship and custom.

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