Musicmaker - the Greatest Music Store known to man!
Musicmaker was founded on Dublin’s north side on November 2nd, 1981. Originally situated beside the busy fruit market at Mary’s Abbey in the city, Musicmaker moved across the city to its present 29 Exchequer Street headquarters in 1986. Just steps away from one of Europe’s leading shopping streets Grafton Street, Musicmaker’s departments span over three floors which include the infamous Drumgeon drum department, the Guitar Foyer, the Hitech department and the beautiful wood clad Acoustic Room.
Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Bank Holiday: 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Situated in the basement of the Exchequer Street building Musicmaker’s drum department is the spiritual home of Dublin’s drummers. With the largest cymbal display in the country and kits catering for all levels of drummer Ronan and Oisin will be on hand to talk you through the best option for you with kits on display from leading drum manufacturers DW, Yamaha, Sonor, Gretsch and PDP. Be sure to check out and ask regarding the impressive array of signed drumskins on show throughout the store. Each has its own story and those who have been lucky enough to have attended the infamous and underground ‘shed sessions’ that take place randomly in the Drumgeon can testify to the vibe which seems to flow through the departments veins. Impromptu performances by Chris Johnson (Stevie Wonder, Rihanna), Aaron Spears (Usher), Brian Frasier Moore (Madonna, Janet Jackson), Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga), Mark Schulman (Pink, Velvet Revolver) are now the stuff of folklore amongst the cities drumming fraternity with every drummer wishing to get the call to say their drumming idol is in town and to drop down for a jam and some Jack Daniels.
The lasting memory many have of Musicmaker is walking up the granite steps, pulling back the guitar neck handle of the original doors and the all consuming spectacle of hundreds of guitars, amplifiers with every accessory imaginable hanging on the walls. Given it’s rock institution reputation it’s only right that your first impression of Musicmaker should be of classic rock symbols such as Orange Guitar Stacks, Fender Statocasters and Telecasters and signature guitars from Eric Clapton to Kurt Cobain. Dave and Graham pride themselves in selecting the hottest new products while respecting the classic rock traditions by having a USA Strat and Tele available in each colour at all times.
Hitech department in Musicmaker is home to Ireland’s premier Yamaha Homeworld. Expect to see Clavinovas along with keyboards and digital pianos to suit all abilities as well as price points. Feel free to drop in and drift away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Musicmaker also has Dublin city’s only dedicated hitech department; Danny and Darius are always on hand to answer and advise on any queries relating to home recording and live sound. With a vast range of gear from interfaces to midi controllers, studio and live microphones to synths and headphones Musicmaker has everything to get you started and progress with your home studio set up.
The Acoustic Room:
Hidden in the back room of the second floor is the beautiful gem of Musicmaker - the acoustic room. With over 100 acoustic guitars on view, Brendan and Gerry will bring you through the differences between tonewoods, finishes and will help you find the perfect acoustic instrument.
The Musicmaker Ethos
Having supported the countries musicians for generations Musicmaker is widely recognised as one of the cornerstones of the Irish Rock Music Industry with its Exchequer street building being seen as a Mecca for both touring musicians along with the next generation of rockers. Described recently by Glen Hansard as ‘a vital artery in the Dublin rock scene’ even for those non musicians the store is worth a visit.
The store itself is steeped in both Irish and international musical history with visitors to the store including U2, The Script, Sinead O Connor, Glen Hansard along with international acts Blondie, Muse, Fun Loving Criminals, Feeder, Manic Street Preachers, The National and even the more unlikely Musicmaker customer LMFAO. It’s fair to say that during a trip to Musicmaker you never know who you might meet. In-store performances by Feeder and the Fun Loving Criminals along with an infamous rooftop gig by Irish rockers The Minutes set Musicmaker on a different level to your average musical equipment store.