Timewarp Music in Venice is known for its huge selection of vintage and oddball instruments: clavichords, harpsichords, bylophones, toy pianos, ukuleles, violins, mandolins, saxophones, Duran Duran–era keytars and analog synthesizers. The store has become a favorite with musicians in search of unique sounds. If you're looking for a hard-to-find retro effects pedal or some weird little part that no one else has, chances are good that owner Shane Gudlow has it here. In recent years, he's been giving music lessons and hosting in-store shows for local bands. And with the current resurgence of vinyl, he's even opened a Timewarp record shop nearby with some 80,000 records. Gudlow has an uncanny aptitude for guitar tech. Lately, he's been teaching young people how to fix their own equipment. “We truly are a multigenerational store,” he says. —Gendy Alimurung
12257 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, 90066. (323) 600-5050, timewarpmusic.com.