the owner bart started out with a surf board shop in houston many years ago and then branched into musical instruments - mainly guitars and electric bass guitars. today his shop rockin robin also sells (used only?) surfboards again - in addition to new and used guitars, drums , amplifiers, sheet music, books and accessories. they also have a repair shop run out of the store, and the repair work is done well and warranted. there's probobly not anything you might be looking for in all these catagories that, if they don't have it , they can get it for you. they also have a huge inventory of vintage used gear, and a website that lists some of the items up for sale. as a side business, the owner was involved with robin guitars at one time. he currently owns rio grande - a well-known company that makes custon aftermarket electric guitar pickups. and i believe he is/was part owner of allparts. jimmy page, billy gibbons and scores of other rock legends have visited the shop on shepherd and richmond over the years. the sales people generally know a lot about the gear they sell. rockin robin isn't an authorised gibson dealer, but they do have a large inventory of most all gibson accoustic and electrics including vintage 1950's les pauls and J2000's. on the down side, most instruments aren't marked with a visible price. rather, you request a price and the sales rep (who works partly on commission) lets you know what the price is. from there, it's a give and take of sorts. also, there's a sysyem of different colored round stickers they sometimes use. i presume it's an indicator of how long an item has been around and what kind of discount (if any) the sales person can offer. anyway, before you shop do your research with care. they will most likely meet about the best competitive legit price you find on something. as a part of the sale they stress that they can also provide service after the sale, unlike most other larger music retailers like guitar center.
Pros: knowledgable sales people, selection, after sale service
Cons: most prices are not clearly marked, goofball sales people