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Great little music shop serving Akron, Ohio and the surrounding area since 1964. Family owned and operated by a father and son with over
100 years combined experience in playing, building, repairing, buying and selling instruments.  Low prices, super service, great selection.
Unique, not your typical music store. Buy, Sell, Trade, Consign, Lessons, Repairs - New and Used - Guitars, Amps, Drums, PA, Accessories.



      Lee East, the owner and founder of Staff Music, started a small guitar repair shop in the early 60's with friends, and fellow bandmates, Ray and Virgil Lay. They not only repaired guitars but also built and sold their own Staff brand guitars.
      In 1964, Lee, Virgil and Ray opened Staff Music Co. to the public. It was split into two areas, a repair/manufacturing shop on one side and a retail showroom on the other.
      Lee, through several years of building and playing guitars (he was a working musician for most of his adult life until retiring from performing in the mid 80's), gradually got involved more and more with the retail end of the music business.
      In 1968, due to the city's plans to build a new fire station on the store's site, (which has since been turned in to parking decks) the guys were forced to relocate. Lee decided at that point to leave the guitar manufacturing behind and concentrate primarily on retail sales. Virgil and Ray went on to create and run Lay's Guitar Repair in Kenmore.

      ...The rest, as they say, is history!!


1964 - Staff Music Co. is born!!
~ The first store was located on High St. in downtown Akron. The location used to be an Indian motorcycle shop - remember those?!
~ The starting inventory for the retail portion of the store was a few guitars, a couple of amps, some parts and a few accessories.
~ The "inventory" was often missing on the weekends in order for Lee, Virgil and Ray to play gigs!!

1968 - The store moves to it's current location in the Ellet area of Akron on Canton Rd.

1970 - 1980 - Staff adds a sound rental / production department.
~  The store was stacked to the rafters with gear! It was a crazy and hectic time. Equipment rentals were going in and out to a multitude of local bands and clubs. The store was also running sound for local and national artists including The Who, Heart, Edgar Winter, Buddy Rich, Joe Walsh, Humble Pie, Steppenwolf and many others.
~ The gigs ranged from clubs to concert halls and even a stadium!!
~ Staff supplied the sound for the World Series of Rock concert series at the Rubber Bowl in Akron  ...ahhh, the good 'ol days!!

1971 - Staff Music opens a second store in Barberton.
~ It closed after only a couple of years's hard to find good help!!

1973 - Staff is recognized as the #1 Gibson dealer in the U.S.!!
~ Staff was also one of the top franchise dealers for Marshall, Sunn, Bose, Heil, Randall, Ampeg, Standell, Yamaha and others.

1981 - Dig East "officially" joins the team at Staff Music.
~ After years of hanging around being the owners pain-in-the-butt son, it was time to get to work!!

1982 - Staff opens a second store near Akron U. on Exchange St.
~ After several years there, Staff Music II and manager Dave Berry moved to the North Hill area where the business was eventually sold to Dave and became Berry Music.
~ Coincidentally, Dave worked with Lee in the 60's at the original store and they remained close friends, business associates and golfing buddies until Dave's passing in 2015.

2002 - Staff jumps into the new millennium by offering full service computer repair and sales.

2013 - After years of renting, Staff buys the building they've been in since 1968 which contains two more units. This will allow for much more warehousing and bulk purchases.
More Space = More Stuff = More Deals!

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 Staff Music
610 Canton Rd. Akron, OH. 44312
Open 11am to 6pm EST
Closed Sunday
(but call anyway, we're usually there!)
(330) 784-1213