Originally founded in 1975, Guitar Trader, which at the time was operating out of it's owners home, quickly became the preeminent independent guitar dealer in the San Diego area. In 1987 the business was purchased by current owner, Eric Denton who was fresh from a successful stint in the band The Monroes (Song -What do all the people know). Several chain stores existed in Southern California at the time but an independent guitar store capable of building long term relationships by meeting guitar enthusiasts needs was just what the doctor ordered.

Today Guitar Trader is one of the most successful dealers in the area. Not only do they feature Epiphone product prominently, they have also built a reputation for hosting clinics and artist appearances. Most recently, Zakk Wilde, George Lynch, Jerry Donahue and others have appeared in the store further stirring the fan's appetite for the guitar slinging lifestyle

"Guitar Trader is a true guitar specialty store. You won't find keyboards, drums, PA or band gear. You will find everything that guitar players need. When you call the store you won't be talking to a flutist…the guy on the other end of the phone is a guitar player that understands your needs" says store owner Eric Denton. "To further drive home the point, our phone number is 1-888-4-A-GUITAR…guitars are what we are about."

They are also "about" taking care of their customers! Guitar Trader is proud of its high customer satisfaction rating at Bizrate.com, averaging over 9.0 in customer service rating, among the very highest in the industry.

Be sure to check out Guitar Trader's killer website at guitartrader.com, featuring comprehensive multi-angle shots of the guitars they sell, giving you the feeling you are in the store examining them yourself. They also publish a monthly electronic newsletter featuring lessons, giveaways and special prices on featured product.

The Proud owners receiving their Featured Dealer Trophy!

The Electric wall featuring Epiphone product!

Nothing says Epiphone like NEON!

Epiphone Player Packs ready for the Christmas rush!