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For more then 30 years, Norman Harris and his knowledgeable staff are the authorities on vintage guitars. Answering your questions and finding that perfect guitar you have always wanted.
Norman’s Rare Guitars is a household name among top musicians and players worldwide. Each week, professional musicians we all know stop by to talk with Norm and see what new acquisitions he is hiding.
Gibson and Fender both use Norman’s Rare Guitar’s 30 years of buying, selling and collecting book for photographic references in the building of the reissues of the guitars.
We buy, sell, trade, repair, and appraise rare and vintage guitars.
For more information you may contact us at [email protected] or 818-344-8300.
OPEN TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 11:30am-5pm!!!
Q: How long has Norm’s been in business?
A: We have had the store for 32 years, since February 75′. Norm has been buying and selling guitars since the late 60’s.
Q: What differentiates Norm’s from other music stores?
A: SELECTION! Norm has a huge selection of vintage collectible investment grade guitars as well as new and used pro-quality guitars. We also have an excellent selection of beginner/student packages. Norm has stashed guitars for the last 35 years and has an unbelievable array of SUPER CLEAN investment-grade guitars. There are many guitars that Norm has that do not appear on the inventory list or website. These guitars are in storage and are shown by appointment only. If you don’t see something on the website or stock list, it doesn’t mean we don’t have it.
Q: Why is Norman’s Rare Guitars a favorite amongst celebrities?
A: Being located in Los Angeles, the store is in close proximity to where many stars live. It seems word of mouth is our best advertising. We have supplied many instruments to motion pictures, television shows, music videos and commercials. Because we keep such an amazing assortment of guitars from all eras we are able to supply (as props), many different instruments from many different time periods. Check out the SPECIAL FRIENDS portion of our website to see some of the many celebrities that frequent Norm’s.
Q: What is the most valuable guitar that Norm’s carries?
A: Sunburst Les Paul’s from 1958 to 1960. We have many other investment-grade collectible guitars that are reasonably priced to some very high priced ULTRA COLLECTIBLES.
Q: Why is it advantageous to shop at Norm’s?
A: Because Norm and his staff are very knowledgeable in regards to vintage guitars. Be careful, buying from dealers that aren’t as knowledgeable, may be very risky. Norm also has very competitive prices and an incomparable selection.
Q: What is Norm’s return policy?
A: If you are dissatisfied with your in-store purchase, you can do an exchange, but there's no full refund. For online sale, you have 48 hours upon receiving the guitar to get a full refund (minus shipping) as soon as the merchandise is returned to us in the same condition as when shipped. Customer is responsible for all shipping, insurance and bank charges that may occur.
Q: What is Norm’s shipping policy?
A: We usually ship by UPS. With the high quality of instruments that we offer it is recommended that we use this safe and reliable method of shipping. On special request, we will try to accommodate all special shipping requests. All shipments are fully insured. Customer pays all shipping, insurance and any bank charges, including any returned merchandise. All insurance claims are the responsibility of the customer.
**48 hour approval period on all shipped guitars. If you are not satisfied within 48 hours of delivery date, you can return for a full refund of purchase price. Buyer pays return shipping and original shipping will not be refunded.