Just moved to NY. Where are the good shops?

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  1. Kingofguitar

    Kingofguitar Member

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    I just moved from LA to New York and I'm wondering where the good boutique shops are. I used to hang at the Amp Shop, Truetone, and all those places on sunset blvd in LA. Where are my new hang outs going to be?
     
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    30th Street Guitars. 'Nuff said.
     
  3. FredW

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    The Music Zoo is a good boutique shop. Tommy Colletti is the owner and a great guy
     
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    Where in NY are you? It's a pretty big state!
     
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    Isn't the Music Zoo in Little Neck, on the Nassau County border?

    If in the city, there's also 47th street off Bdwy, many shops to choose from.
     
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    *30th st. is my fav- they are awesome guys but you arent going to find a deal there (but i guess you arent really gonna find one anywhere in nyc)

    * music zoo is very cool as well

    * chesea guitars

    *rivington guitars & ludlow is o.k.

    *id stay away from 48th st including rudy's. just too damn overpriced
     
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    Mandolin Bros on Staten Island.
    If you've got a vehicle a visit to John Reynolds at Golden Age in Westfield NJ is in order too. Or to Buzzy at Lark Street Music.

    Best, Pete.
     
  8. Kingofguitar

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    cool, thanks guys. I know what I'm doing this weekend!
     
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    Yep, that's what I meant. What a difference a block makes. Isn't 47th Street known for diamonds? :crazy
     
  12. jackaroo

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    Yes 47th...diamonds

    I'd like to say that I think that prices in NYC are pretty high, but that once you get involed with the shops, get to know the owners etc..you can negotiate. Let's face it though, since ebay and the internet overwhelmed the guitar world, there are no "deals" on sweet vintage guitars, just less outrageous ones!

    I must say that I've always found that 30th has the best vibe and prices of any shop in the city by a wide...really wide margin. So I do do most of my business there.As a result I get treated well there both in terms of the hang, and prices. That said...if there's something I've gotta have and it's at Umanov's or Chelsea...well there you go.

    Here's a breakdown of my guitars/gear aquired since coming back to NYC in '97, and where they were purchased:

    '66 335 -30th
    another '66 335 - 30th
    '73 tele- Umanov
    '59 es 125- 30th
    '31 National Duolian- 30th
    '69 Martin D28- Chelsea
    '74 Jazz bass- Bass Boutique
    '05 National Tricone style 1- Mandolin Bros.
    Jerry Jones Baritone- 30th
    '61 Eko-30th
    '64 Deluxe Reverb -30th
    '65 Pro Reverb- 30th

    I guess I helped Matt @ 30th pay his mortgage over the years!

    Welcome to NYC!

    Jack
     

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