Get To Know About EC Guitars & Music

Learn About El Cajon Guitars & Music

El Cajon Guitars and Music (“ECGMusic”) is locally owned and operated by Maria Hart and Frank Cogliano. We are musicians with backgrounds in community and public service. In 2022, on a shoestring budget using funds from the sale of our home, we decided to create a new brick-and-mortar local “Mom & Pop” guitar/ music shop because we enjoy helping others make music. We are a two-person operation working daily to grow our small business in order to be a resource to musicians of all levels.

In July of 2022, we began refurbishing a small space partitioned off the adjacent donut shop at the same address of 172 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA. 92020. We chose the location because of its proximity to the Magnolia Music Venue. While building walls and painting the space that had been occupied by a brewery supply shop and an insurance business before that, we learned that the building had a rich history and had been the former home of another guitar/ music shop, Music Muzak, next door to famed music venue “The Soul Kitchen.” Many successful musicians stop in and tell us they got their start with lessons and gear from this local music shop, with strong ties to Valley Music. We appreciate the lasting impact these shops made on the San Diego music community and they exemplify the importance of music shops within a healthy community. ECGMusic strives to be a local community-based shop, impacting future generations of musicians, while providing sales and service in person and online.

We teach guitar lessons, ukulele, and bass at the shop during off-shop hours, while working and being available 24/7 on for shopping, in-store pickups/ appointments, and lessons. The San Diego County School District honored us with the 2023 Ovation Artful Advocate Award, given to an individual or organization advocating to strengthen arts education. This award recognized our efforts to raise awareness of successes and achievements of student learning and growth in the musical arts and to promote quality learning opportunities.

We are proud members of the National Association of Music Merchants (“NAMM”), working year round on our shared goals of promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM is the world’s largest not-for-profit music trade organization representing the $17 billion music industry. Recently, NAMM announced its list of independent music product retailers to be honored at the Top 100 Dealer Awards taking place at The 2024 NAMM Show in January. The annual awards honor retailers from around the globe who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, communities and customers and share in the vision of creating a more musical world through their localities.

Celebrated as the “Retail Oscars” by Music Inc. magazine, the Top 100 Dealer Awards is where we turn the spotlight onto the outstanding leaders of music product retail. This grand event not only celebrates their remarkable achievements but also delves into the strategies that power their success. Year after year, these awards pay tribute to retailers from across the globe who’ve gone above and beyond, pouring heart and soul into their stores, communities and customers, all while envisioning a more harmonious world through local music. offers a wide range of musical instruments and accessories from top brands at discounted prices. You can shop online for new instruments, guitar strings, straps, PA speakers, microphones, djembes, cajons, and instrument care products. Our online and special order product list is growing daily, and they are happy to price match and special order products to meet your needs. They also offer a variety of services, including guitar lessons, string changes, and minor repairs. You can contact them at or online at to schedule an appointment. They encourage you to shop online and choose from home delivery or in-store pickup.

Please visit us at and let us help you achieve your goals with music!