originally opened in the Sun Valley area of Reno, Nevada in 1974 and moved
to its current location in ’78. The store has always specialized in
vintage as well as new instruments and with over 200 Les Paul’s by Epiphone
and our brothers next door at Gibson,
Bizarre is definitely LP heaven. While their electric selection is impressive,
they also do a healthy acoustic business, including nylon-string guitars,
as there is a substantial Flamenco scene in “the biggest little city
Store manager Glenn Lemon has been with the store since
1996, but like many of their regular customers, Glenn grew up with Bizarre
Guitar. Glenn had this to say, “I’d been coming here since I was
a kid with my dad who was a friend of Greg Golden, the owner. One day I came
in and asked if they were hiring and was hired on the spot. Greg is a great
boss who has a friendship relationship with his employees and he is a hard
worker who has been building this business since 1974."
Bizarre caters to all levels of players but has a healthy
dose of traffic from some pretty well know players. Glenn continued, "Working
here can be kind of surreal sometimes when you're waiting on Jimmy Page,
Billy Gibbons, and guys like that. I sold an electric drum kit to John Denver
a month before he died…he was really a nice guy. Van Halen’s been
through, lots of punk bands...it’s been cool. We have a lot of collectors
that stop in as well. Being a guitar collector can be a bit hazardous! I
have guys come in and buy stuff under death threats from their wives quite
The Epiphone line has been a big part of Bizarre's success
and Glen is particularly excited about the new
line of acoustics. "The Masterbilt guitars are really well-made…great
materials, impeccable workmanship, fine quality finishes…and the cases
are a big plus too. The built-in hygrometer is crucial here in Nevada, as
the air can get so dry. The Epiphone SG’s have been really hot here
lately also…best bang for the buck…you won’t find a better
value than an
Bizarre has a great selection
of Epi electrics.
Bizarre does a healthy amount
of acoustic business, including nylon strings.
Bizarre caters to all levels
and ages of players.
Will Jones presents the Featured
Dealer Award to Bizarre staff, (Glenn Lemon right)
Contact Bizarre Guitar at:
2677 Oddie Blvd.
Reno, Nevada 89512