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Nadine's of Hollywood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by canopener, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
  2. Nadine's WAS a shop in Hollywood, by Santa Monica and Vine. They closed down for business in the late 1990s ('97 or '98 I believe). :bawl:

    Sad, because I thought they were the best music store in town. Bass-wise, they had a small but respectable selection of Fenders, Music Mans, Steinbergers, etc. Also one of the few stores in town to sell Trace Elliot amps. I don't recall them having a luthier shop.

    The building is still there, it still says "Nadine's Music" out in front but I think it's just a recording studio now.

  3. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    Found this old thread. Nadine's was a great store back in the 80's. I purchased a Kubicki Ex-Factor from them. Real cheap too; wish I still had it. Nadine's was booming, before GC took over the retail land scape.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I wonder if she knows Frederick.
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  5. pnutz

    pnutz Supporting Member

    whoa, had a huge flashback when i saw the title of this thread.

    when i went to B.I.T. in 86-87, would stop by Nadine's at least once a week. had a very nice selection. was way into headless basses and their status collection was spot-on. shame to hear they went out of business.

    don't remember them ever making their own basses...
  6. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    ah, nadine's - that takes me back. i remember we'd always get their mailer just before the first of the month, and on the first all their specials would be sold out, and then you had to drive back out of that horrible driveway without having bought anything :D

    99% sure they never made their own basses. i never saw them in the store or the catalog that i can recall... but i was a guitar player when they were still around.
  7. Spacermusic


    Oct 12, 2018
    Yes, Nadine‘s was my store at my time at BIT in 1993/94. Richard sold me a very beautiful sounding MusicMan 5-String fretless , which is still in use a lot. I also remember he called me a couple of day before I went home to Germany to pick up some boxes I could use for getting all my stuff back home.
  8. Josh Lober

    Josh Lober

    Feb 14, 2020
    I found this old business card today. I bought my Steinberger there in 1982.
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  9. Sammy (Sanchez?) was in charge of the repair dept. and he did some builds. He had a box of old Music Man necks and I got a fretless one from him.

    It was my favorite music store along with the bass only store run by Chris Maury and Alan Morgan IIRC.
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  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I lived just north of Santa Barbara, and in the 90's a trip to Hollywood was an all day thing for me and my buddies, and yup Nadine's was always a stop.
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  11. johnnynitro


    Jan 14, 2012
    The storefront is still their.(sign out front) I until recently lived about three blocks away.

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