2128 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-397-7700, www.heightsguitars.com
From mid-'60s Gretsches to 1953 Gibson ES-175s, Heights Guitars is your one-stop shop for all strings, vintage and rare. Greg Moore opened the store 17 years ago after his wife, prompted by his guitar-collecting obsession, told him, "Either the guitars go, or I go." Ever since, the store has been a mecca for gearheads in search of the most rare axes, including the Gibson J-200 that belonged to George Weiss, who penned "Can't Help Falling in Love" for Elvis Presley. While the store stocks new, used, and consignment guitars, it's definitely the vintage gear that keeps folks coming back. While beginner guitars start at around $129, the rare stuff has sold for as much as $35,000. With a store motto of "Don't trust your tone to anyone else," you know there's no better place to throw down your life savings on a Mosrite guitar, an amplifier, and a rock and roll fantasy.