Justin Schatz is The Paper's daily news reporter. He has reported on New Mexico for KRQE News, Searchlight NM and the Santa Fe Reporter.

Mecca Records And Books

Mecca Records and Books has been a local music institution in the 505 for over 20 years. Located in Downtown Albuquerque, the small timeless music store has everything a music lover could ever want. Their vast collection of vinyl will certainly satisfy any taste, while the staff is always knowledgeable and willing to offer a hand. Be sure to check the store’s impressive selection of books as well.

1404 Central Ave. SW

(505) 243-5041

Nob Hill Music

It wouldn’t be a music a list without including Nob Hill Music. The iconic store on Nob Hill has over 50,000 Vinyl, cassettes and CDs to choose from. Nob Hill Music is also the perfect destination for vintage posters, stereo equipment and frames for album art. For any music lover on your Christmas list, Nob Hill music will be sure to meet any need.

3419 Central Ave. NE

(505) 266-4200

nobhillmusic.com/

GuitarVista

Another Nob Hill institution, GuitarVista specializes in boutique and vintage musical instruments. The small store located on the hyper bike-friendly Silver Ave. sells Cordoba, Bourgeois, Eastman, Guild, Huss & Dalton, Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Larrivée and Goldtone Banjos—just to name a few of their products. GuitarVista is the perfect destination for any vintage instrument buff in your family.

3117 Silver Ave. SE

(505) 268-1133

guitarvistanm.com

SloLow Vinyl Records

There is just something about vinyl that sounds sweeter. For those on the ultimate quest to either expand or complete their vinyl collection, SloLow Vinyl Records is a sure bet. SloLow Vinyl Records offers original vinyls with the sealing still intact. The owners are extremely professional and pride themselves on either stocking or delivering rare vinyls with the utmost care. This is a must-see for music lovers in Albuquerque.

4710 Central Ave. SE

(505) 217-4222

slolow.com

Charley’s Records And CDs

Finally, we arrive at the largest independent music store in the state with Charley’s Records and CDs. The beloved local music store has a vast selection of not only vinyl, CDs and any other music paraphernalia that one can imagine. They also boast an extensive selection of second-hand clothing, art and anything else related to music. Charley’s is located near Little Bear Coffee in the Heights and is an ideal spot for an open Sunday.

7602 Menaul Blvd. NE

(505) 296-3685