Whether you’re a musician in Central New Jersey, or you just know one, the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Russo Music Center. Located in Hamilton, NJ (a suburb of Trenton), Russo has been a musical landmark since 1960. Their large showroom has featured some of the hottest guitars and accessories over the years; in fact they are known for their incredible selection of electric and acoustic guitars. But that’s not all they have to offer. Russo is home to a huge collection of drum sets, both traditional and electronic.They carry studio equipment, basses, mandolins, trumpets, flutes, and more. Walking into the store can be a bit intimidating, but the staff is very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They are there to help no matter what your level of experience. Read on for a closer look at this extaordinary store.
Guitars and Other Stringed Instruments at Russo Music Center
Whether it’s the very cool and highly popular electric Fender Stratocaster or a sweet Les Paul Studio Faded in worn cherry red, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for in this collection of guitars. There’s a large selection of Takamine guitars if you’re looking for the warm and rich sounding electric/acoustic. You can even lock yourself away with a top of the line Martin in the “Guitar Room” and experience the instrument up close and personal in a sound isolating environment. If that isn’t enough to make you drool, feed your rhythm side with the electric basses, or try out that black Ovation acoustic bass you’ve had your eye on. Just a beginner? No worries! There’s something to suit every skill level and every budget from names like Dean, Taylor, Guild, Gretsch, Yamaha and many others. You’ll find Taylor and Martin mandolins here as well. How about a Kala ukelele? This place is a like a wonderland.
Don’t worry, percussion is seriously represented at Russo Music Center. It’s very tempting to sit down at one of the shiny, sprawling Zildjian, Tama or DW drumsets and just go nuts. If you don’t have room for a traditional set, the electronic ones from Yamaha and Roland can be pretty satisfying as well. Keyboards your thing? Check out the electric Yamaha on the showroom floor.
Amps and Accessories
Of course, Russo also carries everything you need to bring your music to life. You find a full line of the aptly named Orange amps as well as pedals and amps from companies like Line 6, Mesa, Marshall, Moog and Boss. The accessory department is amazing; guitar picks, straps, capos, strings, skins for your drums, cymbals…you name it. Don’t forget sheet music and song books while you’re there,
You can find everything you need to equip your studio at Russo. Whether you’re a pro or just getting started, they can provide all the expert advice and top notch gear you’ll need. Choose mixers from Yamaha, Mackie, Proel and others and check out an amazing selection of microphones from names like Shure, Blue and AKG.
Russo Music is happy to offer online instrument rental to area schools, and they are proud to be a major supplier of instruments to US Military bands. Repairs and lessons are also available. Russo offers lessons for guitar, drums, bass, piano, sax, flute, clarinet and trumpet. Visit their website at http://www.russomusic.com/default.aspx for more information.
Store Location and Hours
1989 Arena Dr., Hamilton, NJ 08610 Ph: 609-888-0620
Mon – Fri 10 am to 9 pm, Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sun Closed
Once you visit Russo Music Center, you’ll understand why this place has been a fixture in New Jersey for so many years. Even if you’ve never played a note, you might be persuaded to take a lesson or two -maybe even pick up a harmonica just to get in on the action. It’s definitely worth a trip to Hamilton, NJ to spend a couple of hours in this fabulous store.