Bands relocate to Portland from all over the country to establish themselves as part of our music scene. As such, Portland is home to an abundance of music shops, these are the six best for the guitars.
If Fred Meyer was a huge store that only sold music-related products it would be Portland Music Company. PMC remains the one-stop shop for all that is music-related, complete with a customer appreciation card with which you earn 2% back.
Two gents from Muddy River Nightmare Band started Centaur Guitar back in 2005. Since that time they've cultivated a strong community for guitarists, by guitarists. It's like FUBU, but for rock 'n' roll.
Trade Up is a favorite among Portland musicians and it's easy to discern why: quality gear at affordable prices, approachable staff, and an impressive selection of guitars and drum equipment. If you aren't quite to "musician" status yet, they'll help you get there with private music lessons.