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 introduction of online tutoring we endeavour to be no less committed to giving you the benefit of our experience in fulfilling your own personal musical journey.   

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

We are incredibly pleased to announce that your friendly local music shop is now back open during more regular hours, six days a week. We are here to help with whatever musical needs you may have whether it’s essential supplies, repairs, servicing, music tuition or just general advice. All the staff and tutors are working hard to make Booths a safe environment for customers and students, with sanitising stations around the building and regular thorough cleaning periods.

Tier 2 & 3 Information

Under current guidelines (22/10), the rules put down by the government do not affect Booths Music shop or educational services available in store, therefore lessons are continuing both online and on-site. More information on tier 3 rules can be found here

If you have any queries, please ask your tutor or direct any enquiries via email, telephone or any of our social media pages.

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

We are incredibly pleased to announce that your friendly local music shop is now back open during more regular hours, six days a week. We are here to help with whatever musical needs you may have whether it’s essential supplies, repairs, servicing, music tuition or just general advice. All the staff and tutors are working hard to make Booths a safe environment for customers and students, with sanitising stations around the building and regular thorough cleaning periods.

Tier 2 & 3 Information

Under current guidelines (22/10), the rules put down by the government do not affect Booths Music shop or educational services available in store, therefore lessons are continuing both online and on-site. More information on tier 3 rules can be found here

If you have any queries, please ask your tutor or direct any enquiries via email, telephone or any of our social media pages.

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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9 hours ago

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Our best-selling acoustic guitar models are undoubtedly the Tanglewood Guitars "Crossroads" range, offering superb tone and build quality that sets an unmatched benchmark for value for money.

Please feel free to call down to the store any time and have a closer look or try out any of our acoustic guitars. There is safe free parking available for up to two hours just along the street on Churchbank.
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Our best-selling acoustic guitar models are undoubtedly the Tanglewood Guitars Crossroads range, offering superb tone and build quality that sets an unmatched benchmark for value for money.  Please feel free to call down to the store any time and have a closer look or try out any of our acoustic guitars. There is safe free parking available for up to two hours just along the street on Churchbank.
#musicshop #acousticguitar #guitar #TANGLEWOOD #electroacoustic #music #bolton

1 day ago

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To meet the exceptional current demand for piano lessons here at Booth’s Music, we now require another PIANO TUTOR to join our dedicated team of tutors. Experience and enthusiasm are paramount and any individuals who may feel they are up to the task may submit their resumé via email or in person at the store. We will consider applicants who have a DBS certificate, familiar with the recognised examination boards and qualified to a grade eight or higher standard. #piano #keyboard #tuition #lessons #teaching #bolton #music See MoreSee Less

To meet the exceptional current demand for piano lessons here at Booths Music, we now require another PIANO TUTOR to join our dedicated team of tutors. Experience and enthusiasm are paramount and any individuals who may feel they are up to the task may submit their resumé via email or in person at the store. We will consider applicants who have a DBS certificate, familiar with the recognised examination boards and qualified to a grade eight or higher standard. #piano #keyboard #tuition #lessons #teaching #bolton #music

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Some great new products have arrived in stock from our friends at Barnes & Mullins Ltd, including all popular sizes of Vandoren UK reeds, a brand new Neotech "tone filter", Thomastik-Infeld Dominant and Alphayue violin strings and an incredibly nice violin case.

Please feel free to call down to the store any time and have a browse. We have accessories in stock for all instruments and applications. FREE PARKING is now available on Churchbank for up to two hours. #musicshop #Woodwind #reeds #vandorenreeds #neotech #thomastikinfeld #dominantstrings #violin #saxophone #clarinet #music #bolton
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Some great new products have arrived in stock from our friends at Barnes & Mullins Ltd, including all popular sizes of Vandoren UK reeds, a brand new Neotech tone filter, Thomastik-Infeld Dominant and Alphayue violin strings and an incredibly nice violin case.  Please feel free to call down to the store any time and have a browse. We have accessories in stock for all instruments and applications. FREE PARKING is now available on Churchbank for up to two hours. #musicshop #Woodwind #reeds #vandorenreeds #neotech #thomastikinfeld #dominantstrings #violin #saxophone #clarinet #music #boltonImage attachment

5 days ago

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Deliveries this weekend from Rotosound Music Strings and Westside Distribution containing best-selling guitar string sets in all manner of gauges. All our guitar strings are competitively priced.
#musicshop #bolton #guitarstrings #rotosound #martinstrings #elixirstrings #music
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Deliveries this weekend from Rotosound Music Strings and Westside Distribution containing best-selling guitar string sets in all manner of gauges. All our guitar strings are competitively priced.
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5 days ago

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This morning, I have been busy continuing with my re-arrangement of the shop display and having a good sort out. We have a very varied selection of electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars in stock right now from student and entry level instruments up to quite desirable vintage items. Please feel free to call in any time and have a closer look or have a try for yourself in one of our studios. COLIN. #musicshop #guitars #electricguitar #acousticguitar #classicalguitar #bass Tanglewood Guitars Vintage Revelation Guitars Admira Guitars See MoreSee Less

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.

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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.

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

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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 2/9/20 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 2/9/20 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

Facebook Reviews

  • positive review  Amazing teachers and it’s great for getting guitars Amps violins trumpets flutes clarinets Personal experience I have been at booths for a few years and they have always helped me , I have done my grade 8 recently and I can say that the teachers there are super friendly and positive

    Derek Williams Avatar Derek Williams
    13th November 2019

    5 star review  Fantastic shop with great staff. If theres anything i need for my musical endevours then its Booths i go to.

    Seann Grogann Avatar Seann Grogann
    30th May 2018

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

    Al Mather Avatar Al Mather
    17th August 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  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

    5 star review  My 8 year old came in on Sunday for his first guitar lesson with James. At 12.00 he had to be told that he was holding his guitar the wrong way round and at 12.30 he came home to show his Mum he could play Jurassic World!!!! He’s full of enthusiasm and cant wait for next week. Thank you.

    Barry Watson Avatar Barry Watson
    16th July 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  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

    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  Always excellent service from excellent staff. Great info and advice and the best guitar set ups I’ve had! Serving us well for years and years, and here’s to many more.

    Joe Lomax Avatar Joe Lomax
    30th May 2018

    5 star review  Took my guitar in for a repair, which is putting it mildly, god knows what had been done to it before it was given to me. New frets, and some serious rehabing later it looks great and sounds great.They even remembered to restring it for a left hander. I honestly though it was a lost cause but they proved me wrong and for less than a cheap replacement would have cost.

    Emma Riddiford Avatar Emma Riddiford
    8th September 2017

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

    Leah Wilkinson Avatar Leah Wilkinson
    17th April 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  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  Love it here you are part of the Booths family

    Max Wahid Avatar Max Wahid
    17th July 2016

    5 star review  Very amenable staff, friendly atmosphere, extensive range of accessories, both new and used, also have a workshop where they will knock you up some bespoke pieces if needed. Also were kind enough to let me advertise in shop for no fee, it just doesn’t get any better than this really.

    Mighty-swob Swobbenitsky Avatar Mighty-swob Swobbenitsky
    30th May 2018

    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  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  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

    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  Great and friendly staff. Been having singing lessons here for a while with John, and they’re great too! Excellent local shop.

    Lewis Dean Avatar Lewis Dean
    27th February 2018

    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  Lovely

    Alexandria Langford-Taylor Avatar Alexandria Langford-Taylor
    9th August 2014
  • 5 star review  staff were amazing had an amazing drum kit to practice on <:

    Sean Lythgoe Avatar Sean Lythgoe
    11th July 2016

    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  My 4 year old son started drum lessons with james and he loves it. Great teacher great place to learn �

    Suzanne Coleman Avatar Suzanne Coleman
    28th December 2016

    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

    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  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

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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