Music shops are not hard to come by in Cairo, filled with tablas, ouds and more traditional instruments that are used in popular Egyptian music. While these shops also tend to carry a few guitars and other miscellaneous musical supplies, if you’re looking for a specific design or would like to order a certain little instrument that you can’t find elsewhere; we’ve found a shop that will suit your style.

With branches in both Maadi and Zamalek, Distingo is the go-to shop for many musicians in Cairo. Its first branch opened on Maadi’s Road Nine in 2003 and has been a busy place ever since. Head down the road, and you’ll find Distingo on the building’s second floor across from Costa Coffee.

While the shop itself is small and provides little space to move about, the seating space is sufficient enough when you’re hoping to try out a new instrument or two. If you don’t see what you want on the shelf; don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff.

Carrying brands such as LTD, Ibanez, Fender, Gibson and Yamaha, Distingo has both electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, woodwind instruments, pedals, amplifiers, harmonicas and more.

A C-key harmonica sells for 75LE and comes in a pretty little case. A steel-string, Yamaha FX 335 acoustic-electric guitar (750LE) is sold alone This merchandise in the shop is expertly displayed, well taken care of and polished.

We were prompted to purchase a soft case for the guitar as well. Decently made with an organising pocket on its front side; the case costs around 80LE.

The Ibanez Classic 650 acoustic guitar sells for 1150LE, and a semi-acoustic classic model sells for 1700LE. Keyboards begin around 2000LE and include studio programming as well as a number of extra features and accessories.

If you’re looking for more accessories, Distingo carries various brands of well known string brands such as Ernie Ball Super Slinky and Power Slinky, for approximately 15LE a package. They’re not short on automatic tuners, capos or picks either.

Distingo’s sales attendants are on point when it comes to customer service, and they’re more than happy to provide you with plenty of time when making your big decision.