EST. BOLTON

Inspiring Music
Since 1832

Inspiring music for almost 200 years, Booths has seen music influenced from the classical and romantic periods through jazz, dance band and into modern times. We have guided thousands of students and musicians into a lifetime of musical enjoyment either through the scores of dedicated tutors or from retail sales.

With the added introduction of online tutoring to our popular on-site service, we endeavour to be no less committed to provide you with the benefit of our experience in fulfilling your own personal musical journey.   

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

** Update 12/04/21 **

We are delighted to be back open for lessons and retail! Please call 01204 522908, email info@boothsmusic.co.uk or call in store with any queries. 

TUITION (12/04/21)

Both on-site and online tuition services are available to book now. Please speak to your tutor or for any new students wishing to enquire, please get in touch online, by phone or in person. 

ROCKSCHOOL (RSL) EXAMS 

Scheduled RSL exam dates are still going ahead as normal. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or Rockschool directly.

STORE

The store is now open under normal opening hours. Please pop in or call with any queries. 

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Inspiring music in Bolton since 1832

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

** Update 12/04/21 **

We are delighted to be back open for lessons and retail! Please call 01204 522908, email info@boothsmusic.co.uk or call in store with any queries. 

TUITION (12/04/21)

Both on-site and online tuition services are available to book now. Please speak to your tutor or for any new students wishing to enquire, please get in touch online, by phone or in person. 

ROCKSCHOOL (RSL) EXAMS 

Scheduled RSL exam dates are still going ahead as normal. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or Rockschool directly.

STORE

The store is now open under normal opening hours. Please pop in or call with any queries. 

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Latest News & Offers

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2 weeks ago
Good morning everybody. Check out this lovely Hofner Guitars electric violin that is currently on offer at £199.00 including a bow and case.

Please feel free to call down and have a closer look for yourself, or give it as try in one of our private studios.

We have a wide range of violins in stock, from student outfits up to professional advanced models, and of course all relevant accessories and consumables.

Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialist.

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Good morning everybody. Check out this lovely Hofner Guitars electric violin that is currently on offer at £199.00 including a bow and case.  Please feel free to call down and have a closer look for yourself, or give it as try in one of our private studios.  We have a wide range of violins in stock, from student outfits up to professional advanced models, and of course all relevant accessories and consumables.  Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialist.  #musicshop #violin #electricviolin #hofner #music #bolton #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness
2 weeks ago
This rather classy Hofner Guitars "Verythin UK Special" semi-acoustic guitar has just been delivered by the good people at Barnes & Mullins Ltd. It offers superb playability and really looks the part.

Please feel free to call down and have a closer look or feel free to try out any guitars from the selection on offer in one of our private studios.

Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.

#shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #hofner #verythin #guitarshop #musicshop #guitar #bolton
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This rather classy Hofner Guitars Verythin UK Special semi-acoustic guitar has just been delivered by the good people at Barnes & Mullins Ltd. It offers superb playability and really looks the part.  Please feel free to call down and have a closer look or feel free to try out any guitars from the selection on offer in one of our private studios.  Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.  #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #hofner #verythin #guitarshop #musicshop #guitar #bolton

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They are awesome sounding cranked….feedback like a b*****d and menacing…. nice clean too for the jazz minded…..

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Col have you tried it on a decent amp yet?

2 weeks ago
A superb selection of Admira Guitars classical models has been delivered from our friends at Barnes & Mullins Ltd.

There’s something here to suit most budgets and levels of playing. Please feel free to call down and have a closer look or feel free to try any of these fantastic guitars out in one of our private studios.

Thank you for supporting your independent town centre music shop.

#shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #classicalguitar #guitarshop #musicshop #guitar #bolton #admira
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A superb selection of Admira Guitars classical models has been delivered from our friends at Barnes & Mullins Ltd.  Theres something here to suit most budgets and levels of playing. Please feel free to call down and have a closer look or feel free to try any of these fantastic guitars out in one of our private studios.  Thank you for supporting your independent town centre music shop.  #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #classicalguitar #guitarshop #musicshop #guitar #bolton #admira
2 weeks ago
Check out this fantastic Vintage V120TVY "Les Paul Junior"-style electric guitar that was delivered to us late last week.

As with all Vintage guitars, it is really comfortable to play and offers a exceptional range of tones.

Please feel free to call down any time and have a closer look for yourself or even try the guitar in one of our private studios.

Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.

#musicshop #music #bolton #guitarshop #guitar #electricguitar #vintagetone #lespauljunior #ShopLocal #SupportSmallBusiness
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Check out this fantastic Vintage V120TVY Les Paul Junior-style electric guitar that was delivered to us late last week.  As with all Vintage guitars, it is really comfortable to play and offers a exceptional range of tones.  Please feel free to call down any time and have a closer look for yourself or even try the guitar in one of our private studios.  Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.  #musicshop #music #bolton #guitarshop #guitar #electricguitar #vintagetone #lespauljunior #ShopLocal #SupportSmallBusiness

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That is ‘sweet!’

2 weeks ago
This used Odyssey alto saxophone came into stock recently and has just been put through the workshop for a general service and clean up.

This instrument is perfect for a beginner and supplied with hard case and we’ll even throw in a pack of reeds of your choice – pick it up for just £175.00.

Please feel free to call down and have a closer look bargains like this don’t tend to hang around for very long.

Thank you for supporting your local music specialists.

#musicshop #music #bolton #altosaxophone #saxophone #bolton #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness
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This used Odyssey alto saxophone came into stock recently and has just been put through the workshop for a general service and clean up.  This instrument is perfect for a beginner and supplied with hard case and well even throw in a pack of reeds of your choice - pick it up for just £175.00.  Please feel free to call down and have a closer look bargains like this dont tend to hang around for very long.  Thank you for supporting your local music specialists.  #musicshop #music #bolton #altosaxophone #saxophone #bolton #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness

Music Lessons at Booths

If you already know your chosen instrument and simply want to check availability, either phone us on 01204 522908 or fill in the enquiry form below.

Alternatively, discover more through the links below.

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    On-Site Music Lessons

    Read more about how our on-site music lessons work at our Bolton centre. Simply fill in the enquiry form below and we'll find a weekly day and time that works for you. These include after school times until 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Online Music Lessons

    Discover more about our online music lessons, available throughout the week. We use Zoom technology to arrange one-to-one lessons with all popular instruments at a day and time that is convenient for you.

    Faye Woodwind Lessons

    On-Site Music Lessons

    Read more about how our on-site music lessons work at our Bolton centre. Simply fill in the enquiry form below and we'll find a weekly day and time that works for you. These include after school times until 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Online Music Lessons

    Discover more about our online music lessons, available throughout the week. We use Zoom technology to arrange one-to-one lessons with all popular instruments at a day and time that is convenient for you.

    We teach all popular instruments in various styles. All lessons at Booths are one-to-one to provide maximum productivity. All exam boards covered. Click the icon above to read more. 

    Read through all the individual profiles of over 30 enthusiastic and experienced music tutors across all instruments as well as the staff here at Booths. Click the icon above to read more. 

    Read through our latest student achievements at our Bolton centre as well as testimonials from musicians and customers.

    STUDENT INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC

    Discover our own Booths Music range of student guitars, brass, woodwind and violins and see what sheet music we have in stock. 

    Booths is proud to be an official RSL (Rockschool) exam centre, welcoming hundreds of enthusiastic candidates every year.

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    The Shop

    Discover more about BOOTHS

    Read more about our stock and history.

    The UK's oldest music retailer in the same family since 1832

    Booths Music shop is situated on Churchgate in Bolton and has been one of Bolton’s leading musical instrument shops since 1832. It was Mr. James Booth, who is the great, great, great, great grandfather of the present owners who originally founded the music shop. His passion for music has been passed down through the generations and to all our expert staff and music tutors.

    Our music shop stocks a wide range of new and preowned musical instruments and accessories from guitar tutor books, banjo’s and electric violins to guitars, brass and woodwind instruments. We also have a workshop instore and can help with all musical instrument repairs and restoriations including professional guitar set ups.

    Booths Student Instruments

    Student Guitar Range

    These new products are of good quality and will see you a student happily through to intermediate level.

    From £54.99

    Booths Woodwind Instruments

    Discover our range of woodwind instruments including student saxophones, flutes and clarinets. 

    From £149

    Student, Intermediate & Advanced Violins

    Upon delivery, all sizes of beginner violins are taken to the workroom where each and every one is individually set up.

    From £99

    Booths Brass Instruments

    Perfect for the beginner brass player, discover our individually-checked trumpets and cornets. 

    From £179

    Repairs

    INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC REPAIRS

    Conducted at our Bolton workshop, Booths Music’s instrument repair service covers everything from professional guitar setups, instrument restoration and all manner of musical instrument repairs.

    From £40 + Strings

    Services & Setups

    Setups, Damage, Services

    Expert Electronics Repair

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      Recording Studio

      Booths Music has an in-built recording studio, available to hire with engineer for only £30 per hour.

      Previously known as Talent Pool, our studio is ideal for singer songwriters, smaller groups and any project that needs a professional recording, including music, voice-over work and more. Sessions in the studio are £30 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours. If you wish to enquire, please click the read more button below where you can fill in our contact form. 

      Store & Tuition Opening Times

      TEMPORARY COVID-19 STORE TIMES

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      TUESDAY:  CLOSED

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      THURSDAY: CLOSED

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      SATURDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, lessons are only available online for the time being until in-store teaching is deemed safe to do so.

      STORE TIMES

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, whilst the shop closes at 6pm during the week, the school however stays open until 9pm.

      Updated times 12/04/21 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

      TUITION HOURS

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, tuition closing times may vary from week to week dependent on teacher schedules.

      Updated times 12/04/21 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

      Facebook Reviews

      • positive review  Great place , I didn’t even know it exsisted! We attended for my son’s RSL grade exam. Everyone was so welcoming and looked after us. Great facilities nice rooms with lots of interesting instruments. Thank you! will definitely be returning!!

        Claire Daniels Avatar Claire Daniels
        26th February 2020

        5 star review  Have made 2 big purchases in the last year and had a great experience both times, first time i got an honest opinion regarding the acoustics available and was aloud to thoroughly try a clouple of guitars in private, second time eas to purchase an item out of atock and the sales manager went out of his way to vet me exactly what i wanted……. Ill be back

        Paul Gastall Avatar Paul Gastall
        31st May 2018

        5 star review  Awesome products and the staff are awesome to everyone that walks through the door. Highly recommend these lot �

        Chris Unsworth Avatar Chris Unsworth
        30th May 2018

        positive review  Simply the best as the song goes………

        Al Mather Avatar Al Mather
        17th August 2018

        5 star review  Booths music shop , is the best place to buy your instruments the staff are very helpfull and very nice to know , I come all the way from warrington to booths music so I can learn to play the guitar , the tutors are fantastic the same has the staff I would not go anywhere else to learn guitar a great place to be with friends as they are great persons ……

        Caroline Larkin Avatar Caroline Larkin
        6th November 2014

        5 star review  Cracking shop. Incredibly helpful staff who work there and obviously take pride in what they do.

        Si Sharp Avatar Si Sharp
        30th May 2018
      • positive review  It’s so great that we have this amazing music shop in Bolton. They do instrument repairs, they even repair oboes. Thank you so much to Tony for making such an effort to repair my oboe quickly in the middle of a stressful week. Such friendly, helpful staff.

        Jackie Tomlinson Avatar Jackie Tomlinson
        15th February 2020

        5 star review  Lovely shop, have always visited booths music in Bolton to pick up gear! very friendly and helpful staff too!

        Luke McColl PT Avatar Luke McColl PT
        12th April 2018

        5 star review  Although I’ve only visited twice I’d definitely recommend any music enthusiast to visit. A friendly group of staff who’ll happily let you try out any instrument you’re interested in as well as their other services listed on their website, just google Booths Music and it’ll be the first one. I’ll certainly be returning for any future needs.

        Daniel Chapman Avatar Daniel Chapman
        30th June 2015

        positive review  its were James Rock 11 Gets his Guitar fixed staff are well cool

        James Rock Avatar James Rock
        1st November 2019

        5 star review  To me and Ken they are more like family then teachers and shop owners, everyone is so friendly, Ken and love them all, They are very special people, Sadly Ken is no longer here, but lm sure he will agree, we always looked forward to Our lessons.

        Dolores Evans Attard Avatar Dolores Evans Attard
        6th December 2016

        5 star review  Tricky problem with my guitar, but they stuck with it and sorted it. Lovely people too.

        Ronan O Callaghan Avatar Ronan O Callaghan
        14th July 2017
      • 5 star review  Excellent customer service and another great bargain from the Booths Brothers.

        Cash Wallwork Avatar Cash Wallwork
        24th March 2018

        5 star review  Lovely people, great instruments & services, great knowledge & experience! Top class place for all your musical needs! :-D★★★★

        Gemma Taylor Avatar Gemma Taylor
        18th September 2013

        5 star review  Lovely

        Alexandria Langford-Taylor Avatar Alexandria Langford-Taylor
        9th August 2014

        positive review  My daughter as been having singing ???? lesson from rob, Iv got to say I’m very impressed with his lessons and the patience he has with my daughter, she has only been having lessons for the last few months but I’m so impressed with what she’s achieved so far. Thank you Rob I can’t wait to see the outcome this time next year can’t thank you enough for all your patience with her

        Julie Dorne Leigh Avatar Julie Dorne Leigh
        30th August 2019

        5 star review  My daughter has been going to guitar lessons and has come on leaps n bounds in a short time. Tutors and staff are so friendly it’s great. Would recommend anyone to start lessons here or just go in and look around lots to offer.

        Leanne Ailsa Rowles Avatar Leanne Ailsa Rowles
        15th February 2017

        5 star review  I have always had great service from Booth’s and all the staff, be it buying new or having repairs or refurbished. Always a happy atmosphere and a warm welcome and very expert advice.

        Gavin Walker Avatar Gavin Walker
        12th April 2018
      • 5 star review  Friendly local music shop. Knowledgeable staff, always have the bits in that you need. Impressive collection of strings, straps, accessories, and various instruments. I’ve even had luck buying a Floyd Rose saddle block from here, something you’d usually have to get on eBay.

        James Kershaw Avatar James Kershaw
        30th May 2018

        5 star review  Amazing friendly service, they have always gone above and beyond to help!! Thoroughly recommend!!!

        Josiah Greenall Avatar Josiah Greenall
        30th May 2018

        5 star review  Great place for lessons, confidence with guitar has skyrocketed since starting with nick, recommend it to anyone

        Jordan Windram Avatar Jordan Windram
        28th May 2017

        5 star review  Been coming to the shop since I was a kid, always loved it in there – lovely staff, reasonable pricing and always something mad to look at!

        Johnny Wood Avatar Johnny Wood
        30th May 2018

        positive review  Excellent staff who really look after their customers

        Deepest Shabz Avatar Deepest Shabz
        13th September 2019

        5 star review  So many positives about this shop. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. If you need any advice or fancy learning an instrument, these guys will make you feel comfortable while helping you out. They always have some great offers and will sort out your essentials to keep you going. Top marks folks

        Daniel Godwin Avatar Daniel Godwin
        30th May 2018
      • 5 star review  Great place to buy any instrument, very helpful and friendly staff.

        Daniel Liptrott Avatar Daniel Liptrott
        19th March 2013

        5 star review  Unfaultable. Always has everything I need in stock and the staff are always willing to assist. From the small things of kazoos and harmonicas to guitar restringing I have been helped with everything. Highly recommendable and a joy to see a local business doing so well.keep up the great work.

        Tony Tank Dooley Avatar Tony Tank Dooley
        9th September 2017

        positive review  fabulous vocal teacher, John. They also teach musical instruments.

        Leah Wilkinson Avatar Leah Wilkinson
        17th April 2019

        positive review  Friendly and enthusiastic staff. Great to hear music being taught in the back rooms too! Highly recommend to anyone looking to use their local music shop!

        Don Logie Avatar Don Logie
        27th October 2018

        5 star review  Always been really helpful,friendly staff.Any sheet music ordered has arrived as promised. Used recently for guitar (James) and piano (Tom) lessons and very happy. Instrument repair service used today which was brilliant and got us out of a big hole!

        Rachel Carr Avatar Rachel Carr
        29th March 2018

        5 star review  Helpful. Trustworthy. Honest. These 3 words sum up the service and excellence of Booths. Will recommend to one and all.

        James 'Edward' Mcpherson Avatar James ‘Edward’ Mcpherson
        9th September 2017

      GET IN TOUCH

      For any general enquiries please fill in the form below, call 01204 522908 or come in store.

      Booths Music
      17 Churchgate, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1HU 

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      01204 522908

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