The Fretted Frog

1200 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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This self-described "alternative" music store and venue on Alvarado Street offers sales and repairs of acoustic guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins and other fretted instruments. The Frog specializes in rare European guitars, including such brands as George Lowden and Cole Clark. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about repair tips and music lessons, and the overall vibe is warm and inviting, especially compared to the elitism and officiousness at larger music stores. Best of all, the new shop is attempting to be Echo Park's equivalent to the legendary West Los Angeles music venue McCabe's. Live entertainment includes regular open mikes and acoustic-oriented music performances, and several big names in the alt-folk universe, such as Marianne Dissard and Francoiz Breut, have recently performed in the Frog's airy, homey main room. Metered street parking is available on Alvarado. All ages. No alcohol.

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