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east coast bass heaven

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alansan, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. alansan


    Mar 12, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    As a resident of the westernmost tip of Euroland I am planning a trip to New York (no particular preference just cheapest flights and shortest distance) in search of seeerious bass.

    You've probably heard plenty of europeans moaning about the lack of access to some of the high american bass builders. Well in Ireland that's particulary true. The usual scenario is one Ray, a jazz and maybe a Rick if your lucky. And then you see that they've lying there for twenty years with bent necks you could shoot arrows with. So this is going to be a bass pilgrimage.

    Can anyone give me the some suggestions for good shops in the New York area where I could freely try out as many high-end basses as possible?

    thanks in advance :D
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    G Guitars
    exit 56 off of I-95 in new haven connecticut
    about 1 and 1/2 hours out of NYC
    absolutely the best
  3. if you are looking for expensive high end bass shops you should look around in lower manhattan(east and west village) there are numerous stores around that area. I would also suggest going to times square on 48th street between 7th and 8th avenues the entire block is filled up with high end bass/guitar shops and stores like sam ash, manny's music, etc
  4. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    I think Sam Ash is a waste. Manny's is good. Across the street (north side of 48th St between 7th Ave and Ave of America's} is Rudy's Music Stop with good stuff: MTD, Pensa, Suhr, Lakland, Sukop, Sei, etc.

    Also, take the train to Sadowsky's shop in Brooklyn. Nearby you can eat on the water, get some pizza from one of NY's best pizzarias, etc.
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Rudy's has some high end stuff, but it's pricy. Sam Ash own Manny's, and they're across the road from each other, but the service is SO much better in Manny's.

    Also, check out the bass boutique on 9th avenue.

  6. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    any trip to NYC should include a stop at Sadowsky and Fodera. 2 of the greatest bass makers ever

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    You got to Check out Sadowsky in Brooklyn, the quality and service will beat anything you will see on 48th street.
  8. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    This place, Joey G's Music, looks good, although I'm not sure that they're open to the public. Ironically, it looks as though most of their stock is from European luthiers.

  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I second Rudy's. Also, I concur with the Sadowsky tour. Roger is beyond cool, and you'll get to meet Nino Brown, porn legend! Oh, you must kneel to the dog! :D :bassist:
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    According to their website you can phone ahead and make an "appointment"
  11. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    If you're willing to take a short hop over the bridge into New Jersey you may want to check out New Jersey Bass & Guitar Center on Amboy Ave. in Edison, NJ. They carry quite a decent selection of high end basses. It's about 30 miles from NYC. Their website isn't great, but you can check out what they carry here: http://members.aol.com/njgtrbass/frames.htm

    Have a great trip!


  12. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Just there the other day, Rudy's had amazing stuff and so did Manny's. I gotta toss in a good word for Sam Ash across the street cause I got a killer deal on a Brownsville ABG that sounds like a million dollars, plus they had two sweet '62 RI jazz basses, two different Marcus Miller jazzes and a sweet twelver. They're all on 48th Street between 6th and 7th Ave in Manhattan.

    Definately must take a stop in at Sadowsky in Brooklyn if you're really serious about bass.

    But if you really want, listen to fgenus and go to NJ Guitar And Bass, and around the corner is another Sam Ash. NJ G&B carries a lot of Ernie Balls, Rickenbackers and Laklands, as well as Fenders and stuff. They're about two hours from the city if you speed ;)
  13. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    i have to agree that the nyc shops are worth the look
    i just reccomend gguitars cause it is well stocked, uncrowded, and has wonderful customer service (and they happen to be my pals) :D
  14. alansan


    Mar 12, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    Wow, a lot of places to try. I'm there dudes. Thanks alot everyone.