Bass shops in NYC and Washington DC..

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Whafrodamus, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I'm going to be going to New York City next week, and after that I'm going to Washington DC.. Are there any shops near timesquare in NY and near the National Mall in DC?
  2. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    You may have trouble finding a place to buy strings in DC ... I've been working here on and off all winter ... musically this place is a vacuum ... maybe out in the burb's somewhere.
  3. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sam Ash, Rudy's bass shop and Manny's are all on 48th st (times square is about 42nd st.) Those are all good bass stores, with Manny's and Rudy's being the best for High-End stuff.
  4. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Manny's is owned by Sam Ash actually but they do carry better stuff thant he Sam Ash out there, there's a Guitar Center down by Union Sq. There's NY Guitar Boutique further up on 9th and 53rd I believe? Not sure, another good visit would be to Sadowsky.
  5. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Guitar Boutique is on 50th street and 9th ave (a must see along with Rudy's on 48th) also check out 30th street guitars on 30th between 7th an 8th ave (nice selection of used and vintage stuff!)

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Actually i kind of like Rudys now, i thoght they were over priced but you can allways work something out. If you are ever in Scranton PA Bass palace is worth a try, i stopped their when i lived in Scranton. They certainly have alot of basses. I think that is the only thing in Scranton i liked.

    PBFACTOR Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2001
    Boise, ID
    if you take the metro to college park md., there is an awsome used music gear store called atomic music. just north of greenbelt road on route 1 in college park. great guys working there too. good selection of every thing used, 2 store fronts big. take the metro.

    chuck levins washington music center in wheaton, md. just off the wheaton metro stop. typical "we're better than you attitude" but they carry high end stuff (alembic, ken smith, ect.) real big store.

    and ther is a place off the rockville, md metro stop which is now a guitar center. it used to be veneman's music, best music store in the area. lots of gear, but unfortunatly it's a typical guitar center now. might still be worth a chance.

    you want a musical vacuum, try living and gigging in wash, dc, new york and all along the east coast, then moving to boise, idaho.

    good luck,
  8. I know this thread is probably really old, but i happen to be in NY right now, and wondering if theres any new bass shops in NYC. Any info would be much appreciated, thanks
  9. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Funny you mention that. Many years ago, I was in D.C. I knew about Veneman's from their catalogs. So I jumped on the Metro and went to check it out. Great store. I think I bought a M.M. Stingray and a banjo for my son that trip. I've wondered occasionally if they're still in business. So thanks for the info!
  10. jnevi9nr


    Aug 17, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Anything else in dc?
  11. There really isn't much in DC besides Chuck Levins as far as high end bass stuff. As far as strings, they seem to have quite the selection. I normally play on Ken Smiths but I do want to try DRs and Sadowskys eventually and I think I've seen them there. If you're willing to make a 45min drive you might want to check out Jive Sound. Jong is the owner and a member here on TB (username: Jive1). It's got a great selection of basses, effects, amps, and cabs if you want high end gear.

    I don't know any shops in New York besides the Sadowsky shop which is soooooo worth the trip. My family stayed up there for 4 days in a hotel maybe 3 blocks away from Times Square. It only took a map and maybe a 20min train ride to get there.
  12. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I have this saved from a previous thread:


    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

    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
  13. ethnotime


    Sep 24, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Retrofret at 230 Butler street in Carroll Gardens-ish


    Main Drag, 330 Wythe in Williamsburg

    Mostly vintage gear, but I think they have some new stuff as well.