Music Direct

Stockfield Mill

Unit 20a, Stockfield Road, Chadderton..

Music Direct is one of Greater Manchester’s largest music stores, boasting more than 30 years’ experience in the music industry.

The store is managed by Peter Braid, who owned Keys Musical Instruments at Henshaw Street near Tommyfield Market.

As well as selling a full range of instruments totalling 18,000 in number, it also offers tuition in disciplines on the piano, guitar, violin, saxophone, brass, woodwind and drums.

A Second Chance (Music to Your Ears)

292 Middleton Road, Oldham

THIS store buys and sells new and used musical instruments, but also hobby items like, LEGO and hi-fi.

Guitars available include the legendary Fender Stratocaster, Fender Jaguar and many more.

PMT Red Rose Centre,

Regent Road, Salford.

PROBABLY the “go to” music store for serious musicians around Manchester. It has cashed in on the city’s rich musical history which has created some of the biggest icons in pop, rock and dance music.

Whether you’re into home recording, playing in a band or DJ-ing, this is as good a place as any to visit. Who knows what Santa might bright the budding musician?


30 Portland Street


DAWSONS boasts the best guitar shop in Manchester. Opening its doors in 2003, it is spread across two floors floors in a stunning glass-fronted building and offers an incredible range of equipment. The upper floor is a haven for all things guitar related, generally holding over 500 guitars.

It also sells pianos and keyboard and drums and the “pro-audio” department has an extensive range of hi-tech, recording and DJ equipment.

Forsyth Music Shop

126 Deansgate, Manchester

WITH a large stock of high-end classical instruments – including guitars and pianos – this is definitely the place to go for the serious musician. There is sheet music in abundance for those players who read the dots and lots of accessories, footstools for budding classical guitarists or even guitar rests.