Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by JDJ, Jul 2, 2008.
I'm always interested in looking for/at vintage Fender amps. What places should I check out? Thanks!
48th street on the east side has all the famous shops like Mannys, We Buy, Sam Ash....they always have cool stuff and you don't have to trapse all over the island to see one place.
When you go across the street from Mannys make sure you go all the way upstairs for the good stuff - they don't always tell you about upstairs.
Rudy's amp room is great, its located with the Repair shop down the street from their main store.
I didnt like Sam Ash when i went. Manny's was great though.
I don't know, I'm sorry...but you must visit Strawberry Fields!
Cross the Bridge and go to Teaneck NJ and Visit Lark Street Music.
Buzzy has great vintage pieces (guitars/amps etc).
Also Madolin Bros in Staten Island
48th Street is very commercial and overpriced -- not like it was 30 plus years ago
You know, i went to NYC last week and wanted to hit up 48th and Strawberry Fields, but by the time i was out of 48th i was way too tired from walking to walk all the way up to, what was it, 70th street? for Strawberry Fields.
Music Row is on the west side, between 6th and Broadway on 48th St. We Buy Guitars has been closed for more than 15 years. None of those stores has much of a vintage amp selection.
For old Fender amps the best place to look is 30th St. Guitars, which is on 30th bet. 7th and 8th Aves.
Also worth a visit is Main Drag Music, in Williamsburgh. They don't usually have as many amps as 30th St., but they turn over lots of gear in there. That's a neighborhood where many musicians live, and they do a lot of consignment business. So all kinds of cool stuff passes through.
:AOK forgot about 30th Street ---
also Chelsea guitars on 23rd street. Now this place is an institution
forgot about this video clip from Chelsea Guitars ---
Yeah, Chelsea is my favorite. Just big enough to hold yourself and two friends if you all move slowly and carefully.....
30th is good too, more so for guitars than amps. You may as well stop at Ultrasound just down the street.
Vintage prices are outrageously expensive in NYC, no surprise.
Mannys is still cool for me only because they have the same signed artist promos hanging (screwed actually) on the wall that they had when I was in high school (and Mannys was the place to go).
when I was I high school in the early 70's -- 48th Street was it!!!!!
That street was happening .... it was a little gritty -- no a lot gritty ... and it had a real vibe to it.
Check out Ludlow's on the lower east side. I was just in NYC a couple of weeks ago, hopped a ride on the subway and in about 20 minutes I was at Ludlow's, a very cool shop.
I think I remember seeing some Fenders in there, anyway, it's still a cool place to check out. Lots of great pedals, amps and guitars.
48th Street isn't what it used to be. "We Buy" hasn't been there for many years. And the 48th Street Custom SHop is gone now too (a few years ago). Rudy's just opened a second location around the corner from the 48th St location and up 4 flights. They have a nice collection of amps, but when I was there last, they were all new amps. However, that might have been because they had just opened that new storefront. 30th Street is my favorite for guitars, but their amp selection seemed OK too. Oddly, the Guitar Centers in NJ (where I live) actually have a great selection of vintage Fenders - maybe the GC in NYC does too. Good luck and enjoy!
30th street guitars!
Just pm me when you are in NYC, i'll take you there!
also Southside Guitars in Williamsburg always has interesting things.
I would agree with above posters,
Ludlow, 30th st, chelsea guitars, Main drag and southside. Those are the places to hit up for good gear.
Last I heard Manny's is now owned by Sam Ash...
Maybe someone else can confirm this, but didn't Chelsea Guitars move (or go out of business)?
Be ready to pay above market price for vintage amps in NYC from a shop, though.
I saw a 66 Fender Champ for $1000. Got mine on Ebay for 260...
Chelsea is still in business. Small, smokey fun.
30th is the best. I love that place.
I'm no fan of Southside.
Main drag is cool, but a schlep.
Mandolin and Umanov for acoustic instruments.
Manny's is part of Sam Ash.
Rudy has great new amps and stuff at list price. But he's a great guy.
Lark st. is awesome but you'll need a car to get out to NJ.
Ludlow and Rivington are OK at best to me.
The one no-one has mentioned is GC on 14th. The vintage room is pretty sick and always has a shitload of old Fender and Marshall stuff as well as insane guitars. Victor Jaghoo and out own Occtone work there so I'd hit them up with a visit.
I'm also selling my '66 Deluxe reverb so PM me if you want to hang-