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a quick one for New Yorkers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by casio, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. casio


    Aug 1, 2007
    Hey guys,
    Dont know if this is the most apropriate place to post the question but I hope you wont hold it against me!:D
    In any case, I came over to NY for a couple weeks and wanted to check out some shops for some gear, so I wanted some reccomendations other than Guitar Center for some actual good gear not necesarily being your typical "Jut Fender" shop!:D

    And BTW if anyone has a gig somewhere in town in the next 10 days feel free to let me know, I'd love to come over for a listen :D
  2. Navybass


    Mar 12, 2005
    Norfolk, Va.
    Right down in the city there's pretty much 1 street full of music stores like Manny's, and others who's names escape me at the moment. You could spend a whole day just on that street and not get bored.
  3. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    W. 48th Street. Manny's, Rudy's, Sam Ash, all on the same street. There are others in other parts of the city, but 48th is the place to be.
  4. bassobsessed


    Dec 20, 2007
    Rudy's has by far the best selection of high end and vintage gear on 48th street. 30th street Guitars has good vintage selection and are good guys to boot

    Carmine Street guitars in the village is great for custom work, repair/setup and the odd vintage piece. If in Brooklyn Main Drag Music in Williamsburg is a must. Also, South Side guitars tends to have very cool offbeat vintage gear - if a bit pricey
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    My two cents is: the most fun is probably had in the boutique/custom shops.

    I hit Ash and Manny's in NYC last year, and I was disappointed.
    IMHO, these days, they're no different than a GC.
  6. Spencer!


    Jun 25, 2006
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    Sadowsky! It's right on the edge of Brooklyn and has a nice showroom. They've even got an SA200 to play through.

    Don't bother with Manny's or Sam Ash. Rudy's has an alright selection but they're way overpriced and full of themselves.
  7. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    yep, pretty much.

    If you want to check a cool lttle place that has a lot of vintage gear, check out Matt Umanov's on Bleeker St. downtown.

  8. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    This should keep you busy..


    NY Guitar & Bass Boutique and the Avella Coppollo Shop, 746 9th ave. 212-399-3414 nr subway lines 1, 9, C, F

    30th St Guitars, 236 w. 30th st. (between 7th and 8th) Ground Floor., NY, NY 212-868-2660 Fax 212-868-2713

    Ludlow guitars 164 Ludlow st, NY, 212-353-1775 Fax 212-353-1749

    First Flight Music 174 First Ave. (bet 10/11th)New York, NY 212.539.1383 fax 212.539.1384 email ffmusic@att.net

    Dan's Chelsea Guitars 220 West 23rd Street NY

    Rudys 169 48th street, NY, NY, 212-391-1699
    fax 212-768-3782

    Sam Ash 155 West 48th Street.NY

    Manny's 156 48th st (btw 6th and 7th aves), NY,
    212-819-0576 866-pro-manny

    Kings Music 2352 Flatbush ave Brooklyn 718-377-8532


    LONG ISLAND CITY 718-278-7794


    Matt Umanovs 273 Bleecker Street

    Sadowsky 20 Jay Street Suite #5C, Brooklyn, NY
    (718) 422-1123, Fax (718) 422-1120

    Brooklyn Gear 20 Jay Street - Suite 1002 Brooklyn, NY 718.858.4900 fax. 718.858.2434 877.700.GEAR (4327)

    Aguilar Amplification 599 Broadway, 7th Fl NY,
    800-304-1875 Fax:212-431-8201

    Epifani Amplification 68 34th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 718-832-4664 Fax: 718-965-3770

    Fodera 68-34th st, Brooklyn, NY 718-832-3455 fax 718-832-3458

    Royal Music Center 1966 Rockaway Hwy, Brooklyn, 718-241-3330

    Michael Tobias Design 3 Lauren Court, Kingston, New York 845-246-0670 Fax:845-246-1670

    Stuart Spector Design, Ltd.1450 Rt. 212 Saugerties,
    800-825-8810 fax: 845-246-0833

    Harvey Citron Enterprises 282 Chestnut Hill Road, Woodstock 845-679-7138 Fax:845-679-3221
  9. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Don't forget Mandolin brothers in Staten Island!
  10. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    Rudy's is the only place I'll go for a setup or to buy anything. The nicest guys that actually HELP you and the Tech's are fantastic. I had them put one of their Pensa preamps in my G&L about 10 years ago (I think) and it still kicks ass to this day. Reminds me, My G&L has to go in for a good once-over.

    Main Drag Music is about a mile from my house. They have TONS of vintage stuff. Their stock probably consists of 85% vintage, 15% new stuff. Last time I was there, they had a Stingray 5 for like $700...very tempting.

    But I have mixed emotions about them (or at least one of the guys that works there). I dealt with them with amp issues; and both times, when I tried explaining what was going on...trying to give as much detail as possible so that a good idea can be reached as to what could be wrong, I was interrupted in the middle of my sentence and treated like I was the biggest idiot on the planet, and the guy actually almost yelled at me. Both times. The first time, I actually yelled back and was apologized to.
    No doubt the Tech is a smart MoFo, but he's got a bit of an ego problem I think.
  11. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I was in Rudy's about 6 weeks ago after the International GTG and it was nice--not mindblowingly great, but a good shop. The coolest thing, by far, was a '64 P with an original red-sparkle finish. It's priced at 21 grand (may actually be worth it in the vintage market), but the guy let me play it (it was a great bass, too). Odds are pretty good it's still there.
  12. dogbass

    dogbass Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    I now have a reason to go visit my sister in NY. :smug:
  13. casio


    Aug 1, 2007
    thanks for all the input guys, really nice to see theres enough shops to keep me busy a couple days!:D
  14. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek

    Feb 13, 2006
    Don't forget Rivington Guitars and Guitar Man, both in the Lower East Side. Nothing to exciting about either, but if you are already in the neighborhood, you might want to check them out along with Ludlow Guitars.

    I have my own question for those that mentioned setups. How much does Rudy and others charge? Just a ballpark range.
  15. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
  16. contakt321


    Jul 31, 2006
    New York, NY
    My local faves are 30th Street, Ludlow, Rivington and Manzotti's

    Then again, I am spoiled I grew up walking distance from Elderly Instruments in Michigan.
  17. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    I like 30th street and rudy's. At Rudy's you don't have to compete with any knuckleheads and they have Pensa basses! yum.
  18. jgoldbe


    Jul 9, 2008
    New York City
    +1 for Rudy's.

    Everyone at Rudy's is so nice. I've had business meetings there and they all take you in as one of there own. if you go, talk to Jackson, he runs the bass department. Dean is a great person to talk to. You can tell Dean that Jonathan from Dijitalfix told you to go, he will take care of you.... maybe...
  19. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I really like 30th St Guitars, for vintage perving and playing. They always have a bunch of great old basses, and a few good vintage amps to play through.

    On different occasions in the last few years I've played an amazing Guild Starfire, a '76 T-bird, many '60s Fenders, Rics from all eras, etc. None were overpriced, for NY or any vintage shop, for that matter.

    I wouldn't hesitate to have Matt set up my bass, either.

    I always stop in to Dan's Chelsea Guitars when in the Apple. There are always a few great vintage basses and many guitars there, one of the original Ampeg Portaflex B-15s there that was owned communally by an association of NY musos in the early '60s. and he is a fount of stories and reminiscences, and a very nice guy to boot. If you have cash in your pocket and are see something you really want, he might cut a really good deal for you. I walked away from a black matching headstock dots/binding/oval tuner J from '66 that was an absolute stonker of a bass that he would have sold me for $6000 three years ago; that was well under contemporary pricing.

    Matt Umanov is a cool little shop with a history, too, but expensive. I bought my '73 Jazz there, it was overpriced but a real fine beast, and I had to own it.

    The GC in Midtown is a trip, but for all the wrong reasons. Avoid it unless you are made of strong stuff, or need an accessory (to a crime).
  20. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    manny's has sadowsky metros there now. and alot of eden / nemesis gear.

    dan's is great, but dont expect to be there long. the shop's floor is incredibly small, and if anyone famous comes knockin', you get that odd feeling of "LEAVE", cause they pay no attention to you whatsoever.

    cant go wrong at rudy's and yes, dean's the man. while they have the full line of berg, aguilar, modulus, mtd, etc., i've been seeing alot of really interesting vintage pieces, too.

    and dang, didnt know about jimmy's shop! someone call up the shop!

    as for setups, rudy's is "competitive". but the best thing about their service is the fact you can schedule an appointment. drop off your guitar that day, and get it when you go home. simple as that. waaaaay better than those other places that make you leave it with them for a week.

    another great repair place is new york guitar repair: http://www.newyorkguitarrepair.com/

    evan's the man.

    and DO VISIT THE SADOWSKY SHOP. its really not that hard to get there. a simple jump onto the F train and a quick walk down jay street, and you're there in bass nirvana. and heck, its near grimald's pizza, the waterfront, and the brooklyn bridge where you can walk back to the FiDi / chinatown in style. definitely a fun day's worth right there.

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