Est. September 2016

Topshelf Instruments

"Topshelf Instruments started in 2016 as a side-gig running out of my house, importing niche percussion products from USA and quality used guitars from Japan."

82 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS, Australia

Our Story

Topshelf Instruments exists to help you make music better. We love the feeling of having the perfect tool for the job, so we strive to match amazing instruments with passionate players to create that magic moment where everything just works. Instead of joining the ranks of stores pushing the latest thing, we search the world for used instruments of exceptional quality with both history and character.

Topshelf Instruments started in 2016 as a side-gig running out of my house, importing niche percussion products from USA and quality used guitars from Japan. Having previously worked in a more conventional guitar store, I was keen to explore the superior value and sustainability of selling used and vintage guitars. From the start, I wanted your experience as a customer to be awesome. The descriptions and photos of instruments should be clear and accurate, everything should arrive clean and playing brilliantly, shipping should be fast and easy, returns should be simple, any issues should be sorted quickly… no messing around. Things grew quickly, and in no time we were sending guitars, pedals and drum gear to a network of new friends and fellow enthusiasts across Australia and the world. My house began to feel a bit small and guitars were covering every surface, so in 2019 we opened our physical store in downtown Hobart. I wanted the store to be a great place to buy an instrument, but also a vibrant community space where everyone is welcome. So here we are, several years on: drinking too much coffee, telling tales and savouring the joy of playing music on the coolest gear we can find.

Meet the Team

Simon Grubb :: Founder & Owner

I’ve been playing the guitar since I was eight years old, and am also pretty handy on drums, bass and vocals. I grew up on punk, hardcore, emo and indie but spend plenty of time these days listening to soul, gospel, prog and folk. I’ve worked as a guitar tutor and in music retail but also spent several years working in the travel industry. My current musical projects include Deep Friars and Simon Says Lift Your Hands. I’ve got a brilliant wife, two hilarious children and enjoy reading, running, hiking, skateboarding and cooking. Day to day at the store, I write most of the instrument descriptions, do plenty of guitar setups and source all the stuff we buy and sell.

Luke Sanderson :: Instrument Matchmaker

Luke joined the Topshelf circus basically at day dot in 2016. He looks after our website design and does most of the photography. We also enjoy making him pack all the heavy or obtusely shaped orders as punishment for… nothing. He’s an accomplished drummer and dabbles in bass and audio design. Luke’s current musical projects include Adkins, Austin, Scorparia, Stellar Perry, Adam D’Silva and Deep Friars. Luke likes prog, metal, funk and gospel and likes to drink a ‘skinny cappuccino’, which is like a regular cappuccino but apparently made with low fat milk.

Jamie Taylor :: Instrument Matchmaker

JT is our resident Scandinavian jazz goth. She does a large portion of the setup work on our guitars, so if you’re guitar plays great straight out of the box, you owe her a high five. She also does a lot of our social media work and is the only one of us with any kind of qualification in music. Her current musical projects include Lazer Baby and Tai Harlii.