That is CORRECT.  Five Star Guitars is named in the top 100 musical retailers worldwide by NAMM.  Yep, you read it right here!  Talk about a GRAND ACHIEVEMENT.  Congratulations Five Star Guitars.


Last week as I was packing and getting all set to head out with the family to St. Paul, Minnesota for my daughter Julia’s Graduation from Macalester College, I figured I’d check thru my 600 plus daily emails one last time before going to bed.  (By the way I just have to say how proud I am of Julia for her perseverance in getting her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  I better stop here though or I’d be going on about how proud I am of all my kids and their achievements for the next 20 minutes.)

When you have three web sites it’s amazing how much garbage email you attract and you really do have to sift thru all that trash on a daily basis just to find the important stuff.  Everyday I sift…otherwise if I miss a couple of days, there are literally a thousand plus emails…just for two days of not checking.

It was very cool to find the email from Geoff Metts of Five Star Guitars, my local Portland area guitar shop that makes everyone feel right at home as soon as one walks through their doorway.

I did a little piece a few months ago on Five Star Guitars.  If you missed it you can check it out here: Jackaboutguitars/Five Star Guitars.  Great shop, great people, great prices on great gear!




FIVE STAR GUITARS is such a GREAT GUITAR SHOP that they have been recognized by NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) as one of the TOP 100 Music Retailers in THE WORLD.

FiveStarGuitars-3 for press release         Five Star Guitars’s Owners Jeep Simonet, Geoff Metts, & Jeremie Murfin

Geoff of Five Star was kind enough to send me the NAMM PRESS RELEASE which I have included right here.  Check it out, it’s way cool:

Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro, Oregon Recognized as one of
the World’s Top Music Products and Instrument Stores

Hillsboro, Oregon (5/14/14) — Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro, Oregon has been named one of the Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The designation will be formally presented to the Top 100 dealers at Summer NAMM, a trade show held in Nashville, TN this July.  Five Star Guitars is also being considered to receive the Dealer of the Year award, NAMM’s highest honor for retailers.

“We strive to best serve our customers and our community; it is an honor to be recognized by NAMM for our efforts,” said Geoff Metts, Owner of Five Star Guitars.

Five Star Guitars received the Top 100 designation in recognition of:

*A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
*Proven community advocacy and support for for music education
*An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
*Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
*Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
*Engaging and effective use of web and social media

Five Star Guitars could also be awarded in one of eight additional categories: Best Exterior Presentation, Best Merchandising Display, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Presentation, Support Music Advocacy, Music Makes a Difference, Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year,” and Best Special Event. Winners of these categories, as well as Dealer of the Year, will be announced at the July 18 ceremony in Nashville.

Businesses vying for Top 100 status were evaluated for innovative methods, resourceful approaches, and effective implementation of retail best practices. A panel of anonymous industry judges scores each entry to determine the Top 100, the individual category winners, and Dealer of the Year. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards was created to spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers.

“NAMM is proud to recognize this music store with the coveted Top 100 Dealer Award,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Five Star Guitars exemplifies the passion for making music that unites all of us. They are on the front lines in bringing music and music education to their community and are truly the back bone of our industry.”             


About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 92 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Any players lucky enough to call Portland home, or even if you’re just visiting the hallowed realm of Portlandia, next time you’re in the market for a guitar, amp, strings, effects pedals, or whatever…anything musical, go see the guys (and girls) at Five Star Guitars for some great gear and great prices, along with great service from a staff of fine professionals who know their stuff and are always willing to help.  If you’re not in the area, just jump onto their web page where you can make your purchases there.  Here’s the

5 Star Gretschs                                  Ummm…..Gretschs!  Everybody loves ’em.

Not every shop gets to be listed as one of the TOP 100 WORLDWIDE BY NAMM.  At Five Star Guitars they know how to do it right!


Be sure to check out their main location in Tanasbourne at 2303 NW 185th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124 where N.W. Portland meets N.E. Hillsboro meets N.W. Beaverton, where N.E. Aloha creeps in.  Talk about being centrally located to all of these different areas!  The phone # there is 503-439-9500.

Five Star Guitars just recently opened a second location in Downtown Hillsboro on Main Street.  The address is 270 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123 and the phone # there is 503-906-8995.

Be sure to check out their links below and give them a like on Facebook.  While you’re at it, you might as well give us a like too: Facebook/Jackaboutguitars  Thanks!

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Five Star Guitars on Facebook
Five Star Guitars on YouTube

By the way Five Star Guitars, did I tell you how cool my new Tele is and how much I love it?  It’s SWEET!   Thanks so much.  Keep on rockin’ it…                 –    Jack

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