About Westwood

Westwood Music has been a musician’s staple in Los Angeles since 1947. Countless rock-and-roll legends including Lindsey Buckingham, the Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Lyle Lovett, Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys, the Doobie Brothers, and many more, have been frequent customers of Westwood Music because there is a difference!

Westwood Music provides an environment free from the chaos and high-pressure sales tactics of those big chains. We stock some of the best instruments, effects and amplifiers on the planet. Our expertly trained and passionate sales staff is ready to find you an instrument you will love for years to come. Plus, our unparalleled repair and restoration technicians provide solutions without compromise. Our academy offers lessons to players of all ages and skill levels. We work with students to pair them with the best teacher to fit their learning and stylistic needs.

We look forward to you visiting and enjoying our acclaimed retail and repair shop. If you have any questions, please give us a call!

Guitar of the Week


A satin black smoke finish offset with grained ivoroid binding and pickguard show off the understated beauty of this guitar. It is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a comforting, warm tone. The rosewood fingerboard

Top tier instruments, knowledgeable staff and a pressure-free environment allow you to find the perfect guitar!
From a simple setup to restoring a priceless piece of art, our repair staff is the best in the business!
A skill that will grow with you for a lifetime! Our instructors are expertly trained to get you to the next level.
  • Sincere thanks to the entire Westwood music family for helping my son with his 8th grade music project: make a musical instrument!  My son decided to make a slide guitar/mandolin.  Ambitious, but accomplished with plenty of help from David (repair expert with massive knowledge).  We knew this wouldn’t be a “high profit” endeavor for them, but each time I offered to compensate the staff somehow, I got the same answer: a smile and “we’re happy to help.”  Anyway, my son and I worked away for the entire Winter break.  The result was an 8-string slide guitar with mandolin strings.  My son did some practicing and was able to play and sing a pop song with 5 different chords.  His project was the top in his class!  More importantly, the process of creating the project with my son was one of the most wonderful life experiences I have ever had.

  • Shopping for a Martin? Go to Westwood. The vibe, the feel, the sound and selection are premium. Mark and Alex treated me like a pro. I’m nobody. Yet they worked with my budget to get me a pro deal. A+ experience.  Best in LA.

  • Spent our entire day yesterday combing LA looking for the luthier I like to work on my guitar. From Tarzana to Santa Monica, to Hollywood, and finally to Westwood. Mark was awesome, atmosphere was chill, and by far the best experience we had in any shop all day. Absolutely made my decision to do my business there, then and there. Highly recommend, even if just popping in to talk shop.

  • A breath of fresh air. The last bastion of an old school, independent, neighborhood guitar (mostly) store with lessons, repair dept. and  knowledgeable personal service.

  • Came in because I’m a straight-up guitar noob in need of dire help due to buzzing I was hearing from my guitar.

    As soon as I entered the store, one of the gentlemen greeted me right away and asked how he can help. I let him know the problem I was having and he evaluated my guitar right away. He checked all parts of my guitar and found that one of my frets was causing the buzzing issue and he was able to get it fixed and offered me lots of good tips on how to take care of my guitar. He was so kind and answered all my questions. Best of all, it was free !!

    I’d recommend this place to anyone!

  • A long overdue visit to Westwood Music for a seasonal adjustment, and it has my L-5 and my ES-150 playing perfectly. They were playing great after my last setup from David, but it’s amazing how he managed to make them play even better! I can’t tell you how much more inspiring they are to play, and they were already fantastic. I highly recommend David and Westwood Music to anyone with guitar setup needs!

  • I had a great experience with Westwood Music. The store is nicely kept, the atmosphere was relaxing, and has a wide range of gear stemming from new and vintage acoustic guitars, electric guitars, vintage amps, pedals, etc. They hold brands that major retailers don’t have their hands on like Collings, Santa Cruz Guitar Co. and even have exclusive guitars customized to the shop’s specs. The staff was very polite and knowledgeable and answered any questions I had. They even offered me to try out any guitar I wanted. I didn’t feel pressured in any way. Westwood Music has been around since 1947 and is an official Martin Guitar Service Center which was the main reason I wanted to check this place out. I had a guitar setup and restring for my 00018 and it was the fastest turn-around ever; even faster than originally quoted. My guitar now plays smoooooooth and sounds great! I highly recommend this place and will definitely be back.

  • I live in Santa Barbara and drive in to have David get my guitars as dialed as possible. I’ve had David PLEK and set up two custom Strats and a Gibson Memphis 335. Hey, they have a PLEK machine and know how to use it. And they turned out SWEET. This shop is not a “scene” and there is no attitude. There is, however, loads of experience/expertise and pride in doing things right, which is what you want when someone is tending to your loved ones.

  • I’ve been coming to Westwood Music Center for over half a decade now. Nothing but great experiences since the first time I stepped in.

    Every guitar of mine that Dave touches plays like butter when I get it back. He also made repairs to my Martin DPA4 all under warranty for free, I was unaware that could be done.

    I’ve also purchased a few guitars and amps. The staff always puts in time and effort to make sure I get the right equipment for my needs.

    I brought in a 1930s Martin Uke and a 1930s Stradolin Mandolin I inherited from my grandparents to be restored. Fred, the owner himself, restored them for me and they turned out beautiful. He loved the Stradolin because it was playing and sounding nicer than some of the $2000 Gibsons in the shop lol.

    This place is really as good as it gets for guitar service, just ask the many real life rock stars that also frequent the place.

  • Absolutely the best Guitar setup ever! David at Westwood Music runs the computer Plek machine that makes your guitar play better than new. Let me tell you, it’s worth it. Guitars that were ok to play now play like butter. Super smooth feel. Now a true Plek believer! If you’re a guitar player the Plek setup makes your guitar so much easier to play. I don’t work or have any association with Westwood Music. Just can’t believe how well my guitars play now.

    Thanks Westwood Music! Thanks David!

  • I just wanted to say how happy we are with Henry’s piano playing!!!

    Unlike the guitar, he practices all the time with no prompting from us. He even takes a break from Minecraft to play! And we love that he is learning Mad World. Great Choice.

  • Thanks David, it’s my new favorite guitar. Plays amazing now!

  • I love the way my guitar now plays and sounds. It is now my best playing acoustic for sure! All the work and workmanship is spot on, I’m glad you did the work.

    I played a couple hours yesterday and today (keep in mind I’ve been playing very little) and my fingers barely feel it. So nice to feel consistency and the fingerboard under my hands.

  • Thank you for repairing my Yamaha guitar, it looks and sounds great, it is so much easier to play. It practically plays itself now!

    Thank you also to the nice gentleman who brought the guitar out to my car.

  • I picked up my guitar yesterday. Wonderful job. It looks and plays better than ever.

    The set up is great, and I also noticed that the fretboard is nice and clean. 

    Thanks for taking such good care of it.


  • Wow! You did it!

    I am in absolute shock/joy that you pulled it off. 

    For over twenty years I have showed my ’64 Tele to many so-called experts to get their opinion on how to get the black paint off the original finish of my tele, but nobody wanted to touch it. They all said it was a lost cause.

    You painstakingly and meticulously brought my tele back to life. The original blonde finish is back and beautiful!

    I am so grateful to you for your courage and talent.

  • I’ve been coming to Westwood Music for 30 years. They have always had one of the finest repair shops. I think this current repair shop is the best they have ever had! I give it an A+

    Frank Stallone
  • David Raven Rutchinski strikes again! He took a guitar that I already dug playing, and made it play better than I could imagine.

    The BEST setups – the BEST.

    Man, I’m so spoiled!

    Jonathan Stout
  • Over the years I’ve gone to Westwood Music for everything from a setup to picking out a new amp to having a guitar refinished.  They’ve always steered me in the right direction and done fantastic work.  By far my favorite shop in LA!

  • After three mediocre setups by other shops I broke down and had my Les Paul Plek’d by Westwood Music. They finally were able to unlock the potential in this guitar! It now plays like a dream!

  • Emiko and I would like to thank all the folks at StageIt.com & Westwood Music for helping with our show last night….Kevin, James and Alex thanks for all the tech help etc…and Mark Bookin for being my go to guy for some 30 years in LA….we appreciate you ALL.

  • I have played guitar for several years and felt like I hit a plateau in my abilities so I decided to seek out lessons. I took lessons with James at Westwood and his patience and insight into theory opened up a whole new world for me.

  • Simply put, Westwood Music is the best guitar shop around. They clearly get how to treat customers and their gear is top notch.