January 2017- Active duty and deployed, and looking for a Taylor 614ce LTD. Hard to find in Jan 2017, but i fell in love with it last summer and was just waiting out the price some. After a bad order experience with Sam Ash, i started dealing with Baxter Clement and the Casino Guitar team. Amazing help from them, knowledgeable and professional, and even followed up with me after his trip to CA to see the latest Taylor products working to fit me with what I was hunting for. Great experience dealing with music loving professionals!
October 2016- This is one of my favorite guitar shops in the states. Located in Historic downtown Southern Pines, this shop captures all the magic of this quirky little town! The shop workers make visiting the store a really special and unique experience! They are extremely passionate about their products and are very helpful in the process of purchasing your instrument/etc. They have a great selection of instruments including a range of Fender Custom Shop guitars and high end Taylor and Gretsch instruments.
The one time I ordered a guitar from their store, it shipped quickly and arrived at my doorstep packaged securely for uncertain travel incidents!
I can't say enough good things about Casino Guitars!
September 2016- Had a wedding at a resort in Pinehurst, and needed some strings, and Casino Guitars popped up first, so I stopped by and found I ended up spending about 45 minutes browsing around and playing a beautiful 68 all original Les Paul (which I am still thinking about....very nice guitar). Really nice mix of guitars and lines, and something for any price range/ability level. Fender, Gretsch, Gibson, Taylor, Martin, and quite a few others, as well as the basics and some higher end pedals, Strymon type stuff. The staff was very friendly, and helpful, but no hawking or following you around. They offered to let me sit in one of their listening room to play the Les Paul, just a different type of vibe than your average big box guitar stores completely. Much prefer this type of experience, and will definitely stop back in the next time I am in Pinehurst/Southern Pines. Would highly recommend stopping by if you are a guitarist, very cool place---wish their were more guitar shops like this one.
January 2017- I visit the area periodically and was thrilled when I realized this store had opened. Now my favorite guitar store anywhere! Baxter and Co. are very talented musicians who know their instruments and couldn't be more helpful and welcoming. Bought a Custom Shop telecaster that was a NAMM special they somehow scored. It is one of the best sounding telecasters I've ever heard. Thanks, guys.
August 2016- I was working in the area and found this Guitar Gem-sational store. Baxter and the others I met were just super good people. I bought a Taylor GS Mini guitar to take with me on my travels and they were ever so patient in allowing me time to select the right one. You need to stop in here, and I will be going again the next time I'm in town. This place has a friendly atmosphere and a very cool vintage look. The guitar selection is outstanding!