The original Mid-Atlantic in Elsmere (under the bridge, near McD's) was a great store!Mid-Atlantic Music on Kirkwood Highway in Elsmere, Delaware. That was my jam. First place I ever saw a Clapton Strat, a JEM, first place that set up my '76 Les Paul Custom (didn't trust Accent Music down the road to do it for some reason), and way back when they were across the street under the bridge, they sold me my first guitar, a crappy Epiphone acoustic electric made in Korea. I don't blame them for this - I liked it 'cause it was black so I got it even though it had removable brass saddles for each string! Broke strings all the time...oh, and the first place i ever saw a D'Aquisto designed Fender, I think it was an Elite. Carved top, and PRICEY!
I must be a little younger. I've heard tales of Music Service (but never went) which I think turned into the first Music Loft and when the Loft moved to Markham Terry stayed there as High Strung? Did you teach at Oxbow when they were on Franklin Street?For me it was the Music Service on 9th St in Durham, NC. I had just started playing guitar after having played drums for a few years. All I had was an old Harmony nylon folk guitar with one of the tuning heads broken of (tuned it with a pair of pliers). Going to the Music Service as a 13-year-old kid was a revelation. It was mostly a consignment store, and they rows of used amps and lots of guitars hanging on the racks--stuff I'd read about and seen pictures of but never actually got my hands on. I used to spend my afternoons there playing all the guitars I was curious about. Terry McInturff was a sales guy there and later become the guitar tech, so I had him as my local guitar tech for about the first decade of my playing years. He was the greatest guy! I sold my drum kit there and got my first rig, a 60s walnut Gibson SG Standard and an Ampeg VT-40 (I was a Stones nut in those days) for about $500. Looking back, that was as good a rig as I've ever had.
I remember one afternoon I had been playing in the store for awhile, when some older dude came up and said, "Hey man, it sounds really good. Keep playing and get yourself in a band." I was really happy. Later, in high school, I jammed with that guy, who had become a bit of a local legend for his killer Duane Allman-style tone and playing. It was Greg Germino.
I remember those stores well. B&B carried Ross effects, and I got my Boss CE-1 there after saving my pennies for awhile. I used to teach lessons at Oxbow around 1983-84. That was a great store!
where in livingston? Wonder if that's the same Richie that has a shop in the Montlcair area now.Frank Richards (long gone) in Livingston, NJ. Frank & Richie were the owners and I guess they got a little paternal after I'd been hanging out there, bugging them and playing guitars for about a year. I was about 12 and took all my lawn-mowing money ( ~ $500) in to buy the brightest colored solid-body & biggest amp I could get. I left with a '67 ES-345 & Traynor YGM-3.
Let's just say that it took over an hour to count out the $500. Idiot that I was, I walked across town with the money in a gym bag. And since I was getting paid in fives, ones, and change, that's what they got.
Parrish Music in Waxahachie, Texas. Bought my first guitar and amp there in 83-84. Ibanez Destroyer through a Roland JC. Looking back that combo makes me laugh!!! Old Mr Parrish is still around, but now its Parrish music and pawn.
Isn't that the truth. Back then they were sanded level, and that's all you git!Once Hank said "...hey try this Stratocaster"... and I distinctly remember the frets were all rough, as they had just stoned 'em all level, but managed to forget to round 'em and polish 'em...