Guitars For Kids Cambridge - Donate A Guitar, Change A Life!

Welcome to Guitars For Kids Cambridge - Donate A Guitar, Change A Life!

Guitars For Kids was founded by Bob Egan of Blue Rodeo and Bob's Guitar Service in collaboration with Cambridge Live Music, Queen Street Music School and Idea Exchange. The purpose of the program is to provide FREE used guitars for Cambridge youth in need. 

Here's a short video of Bob explaining why he founded Guitars For Kids. CTV Kitchener recently designated Bob Egan a 'Local Hero'. To watch the coverage please go here.

The program continues to receive overwhelming support from the community with over 100 guitars collected in the first year alone!

66 guitars have been refurbished and redistributed to Cambridge youth either directly or through the following organizations; Kinbridge Community Association, Cambridge YFC/Youth Unlimited, Cambridge YWCA Girl's Centre, Greenway-Chaplin Community Association, Cambridge YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone, students from St. Andrew's Public School, Preston Heights Community Association, Langs/Grow Community Centre, Silverheights Neighbourhood Association, Forward Church South Cambridge, Cambridge Vineyard Church, Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region, Central Public School, John Howard Society, Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre plus Carizon Family & Community Services' School Mental Health Program at Centennial Public School, Chalmers Street Public School and Stewart Avenue Public School. 

Guitars For Kids Cambridge FAQ

Why are we holding a guitar donation drive?

Bob's Guitar Service, in partnership with Cambridge Live Music, Queen Street Music School and Idea Exchange has created Guitars For Kids Cambridge. Donated guitars deemed suitable for repair will be refurbished by either Bob's Guitar Service or Brian Gardiner Guitar Repair then distributed to Cambridge youth in need either directly or via a number of community organizations.

When can I donate a guitar? 

We are accepting guitars on an ongoing basis.

Where can I donate my guitar?

1. Queen Street Music School 

27 Queen Street East
Cambridge, ON N3C 2A7

Note: During normal business hours. Please contact them for business hours only.

2. Idea Exchange

Any branch

What kinds of guitars are accepted?

Acoustic - any size or style 

Electric - any size or style

Bass - any style

We also accept amps, cables, cases, tuners, stands, strings and picks.

Will all guitars be added to the Guitars For Kids Cambridge Program?

Not all donated guitars will be added to the Guitars For Kids Cambridge Program. Any guitars deemed unsuitable for repair due to cost will be allocated to the Art Guitar Program. Some guitars may be sold or auctioned to raise money for the program. Guitars For Kids Cambridge reserves the right to decide what guitars will be refurbished, sold, auctioned or displayed as an Art Guitar.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer tax receipts as part of this program.

What if I don't have an instrument, but would like to make a financial contribution?

Yes, we will gladly accept financial contributions to the Guitars For Kids Cambridge Program. If you would like to donate funds to support this program, please visit Include Guitars For Kids in the comment section. You can also send a cheque payable to Cambridge Live Music with Guitars For Kids in the memo section. Please email for details.

Who is involved in this project?

Bob's Guitar Service, Cambridge Live Music, Queen Street Music School and Idea Exchange are working together on this important project. Additional guitar repair is provided by Brian Gardiner Guitar Repair. Sponsors include; Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, Franklin Self Storage Store All and D'Addario Canada.

What if I have more questions about the donation drive?

Please contact Cambridge Live Music at

Watch the CTV Kitchener News coverage

Read the article in the Cambridge Times 

Check out Guitars For Kids Cambridge's photo gallery 



Used Guitar

I have an old acoustic guitar that my father bought many, many years ago. I am wondering if you would be interested in it. I am more than happy to donate it to a worthy cause such as yours. Thank you.

Used Guitar

We would be interested. Thanks Lynne!


Hi there! My husband is a musician and he has an old classical guitar. Would you be interested?



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