M I Pro- Shop Review Issue 108, May 2009
LANGLEY GUITAR CENTRE
"A great reward for those who make the journey round the back streets of Langley to find it, Langley Guitar Centre is quite simply an excellent second-hand shop, full of some great finds with genuinely enthusiastic and friendly staff.
Although its loacation leaves a little to be desired - it's tucked out of the way on residential streets - it is a treasure trove of well priced second-hand guitars, pianos and other little gems. A couple of lovely vintage Epiphones, alongside some classic Vox, Eko, Gibson and Fender guitars, adorn the walls, while beginners are not left out with a fair spread of junior league instruments populating the front of the shop.
A family run business that has been that way for over 40 years, it feels cosy and welcoming, with all the pride and attention to detail you would expect from a well-established guitar shop. With clean instruments, good displays, a spotless shop and a cluster of excellent intruments, this is a music store that any player worth his salt could while away many an hour in. "
GUITAR CENTRE HISTORY
In 1968 Antoine Bohdjalian went ahead and opened the GUITAR CENTRE in the back streets of Langley, near Slough in Berkshire. Back then, the shop was so small that every time there was a delivery of a couple of guitars or amplifiers (the biggest amplifier then was the Vox AC30) the whole shop had to be rearranged to accommodate them! The shop has been extended many times since.
Customers started pouring in from the word go, and today it is one of the most established Musical Instruments businesses in the country. When anyone asks Antoine to what does he attribute his success of his business to, he usually replies "it must be the ample parking that does it; people can literally park on our doorstep. That is why we have seen so many competitors come and go over the years."
But a considerable number of our customers and friends would express a whole list of interesting answers as to why. eg. "They have a friendly, non-pressureized personal manner that just makes you feel relaxed."
A family business, described as Aladdin's cave with irresistible treasures,' is very easily accessible from London and the West of the country, being very near the M4 motorway at exit 5. People from the North, South or even abroad, disappointed with London shops, once they experience our understanding and understated approach add their name to our 'regular customer' list. It's almost like a club.
A browse through our web site will show you a selection of our range of equipment but please do not hesitate to phone us for any further information on anything. If you prefer old fashioned attention, you are welcome to call in, even if it is for a chat and a cup of coffee.
We'd love to see you.