• Jordan

    This place is great and Dave is a master Luthier!  Lucky to have this place in my neighborhood for all my guitar needs.  Everyone I’ve come across who works there is very welcoming and it’s a pleasant place to stop by.

  • Sharon

    I love Westwood Music. When I walk in I feel the history as well as see their fine guitar selection. You really must come and see for yourself.

  • Martine

    Great guitar store, excellent guitar repair and genuinely nice people.

  • Ross

    I wish I could give Westwood Music 5 stars over and over again. First off everyone there at the store is super friendly and relaxed. They didn’t seem to mind when I picked up any guitar to play. They don’t have as many guitars as the Corporate store with the employees that have no clue (you know who I’m talkin about) but every guitar I picked up had superb tone and feel! Some that looked real vintage too! Like the Ricky 12 with the 6 string comb! Well…as there are no Pleking machines where I live…I drove all the way down from Ventura to have my Brand New Old Stock (2011) Chinese Gretsch 5135CVT (Corvette) guitar Plekd as when I lowered the action it fretted out and choked notes high and low.

    I came to pick it up and it was better and pretty good, however I still wanted it as low as it could possibly be like my 1969 Gibson SG which is like a ‘Fretless Wonder’.  I have little hands and I can feel the slightest amount. The house luthier, David listened to what I was saying…and within seconds without making a face or batting an eyelash he said “wait…give me a few more minutes with it.” He went back into his shop where I heard some grinding and whizzing and saw him twisting and turning over the guitar like a surgeon saving someones life and then he emerged with my $500 guitar sounding (not even plugged in) and playing like a precision $2500 Gretsch! He didn’t even charge me a penny for the nut work or extra adjustment when he took it back in! Sure, people need to be paid for their work… but this is a man who does a great job because he is compelled to use his gift with benevolence. It is now one of the best playing guitars I own. Super low action with improved sustain and fast, effortless playability! Thank you David, Mark and all the other employees at Westwood Music. I will do business there again!

  • Ethan

    Have always had a great experience with the guys at Westwood Music. I went in to get my amp repaired and they took it right away and said they would send it to their amp repair guy, he got back to me within a week and the amp was good to go just a couple weeks later and for a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend going through these guys for any of your music needs, as well as lessons or repairs.

  • George

    Best shop in the country for many reasons. It is clear they love the things they sell, and their enthusiasm shows. The quality of their guitars is as high as it gets at all price points. Every instrument is immaculately maintained and set up better than you can imagine. Decades of knowledge can be yours by stopping by this shop. 10 stars!

  • Michael

    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.

  • Mark

    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.

  • Scott

    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.

  • Bruce

    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.

  • Hannah

    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!

  • Jonathan

    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!

  • Bernie

    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.

  • Kelly

    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.

  • Eddie

    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.

  • Robert

    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!

  • Steve

    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.

  • Tyler

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

  • Bradley

    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.

  • Janina

    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.

  • Bill

    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.

  • Eddy

    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.

  • Frank Stallone

    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+


  • Jonathan Stout

    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!

  • John

    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!

  • Marty

    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!

  • Tom

    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.

  • Cesar

    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.

  • Mike

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