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The House of Guitars - Rochester, NY

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bullitt5135, Nov 28, 2010.


  1. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    You think that's bad, you should see their CD/record area.
     
  2. VinKreepo

    VinKreepo

    Nov 13, 2009
    SO MUCH PORN! :):eyebrow::eek::D
     
  3. tizzdizz

    tizzdizz

    Nov 23, 2008
    What are the chances of being able to find out if a certain guitar was bought at this shop back in the early 70s? :D My dad went to RIT around that time and had a 61 fender jazz and a 62? jazzmaster that I think might have come from this shop. Not sure. Neat place though, in a scary sort of way.
     
  4. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I did an 'in store' there in 2002 and they gave me a free T-Shirt. My band mates and I had a good laugh when I wore it the next day and noticed it said 'House Of Guitars 1964 - 1989'. Hey, I like vintage gear so I was perfectly ok with a 13 year old shirt.
     
  5. Bottoms_Up!

    Bottoms_Up! For the record, I don't love Raymond. Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Nice!!!! I bought my Charvel Surfcaster AEB there in 92 while I was attending RIT. Great place! Used to love spending a Saturday afternoon there. Those late night commercials were a real hoot! Do they still sell CD's in the basement?
     
  6. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    I'm from Niagara Falls. I make the trip there at least once a year and spend a few hours. The "vintage" is usually crazy over priced if there is even a price on it. The new gear is fairly priced. The record store portion.....I usually spend at least an hour and a half in there. Then I get a garbage plate next door before I drive home. Gotta get a garbage plate if you are passing through Rochester.
     
  7. Bottoms_Up!

    Bottoms_Up! For the record, I don't love Raymond. Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    LOL!!! Nick's Garbage Plate was a MUST after a solid night of partying!!!!
     
  8. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    MA
    +1 on the garbage plate!!!! One red, one white and hold the beans.
     
  9. So there is a heaven!!!!!
     
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I work fairly close to the HOG. Spent a lot of my youth in there buying records, t-shirts and instruments. I was even in a TV commercial of theirs in 1983.

    Gotta watch out with the instruments, though. Years ago I had a Ibanez SR405 (bought new elsewhere) that I took there to trade in on a MIA Jazz. I still had the original Ibanez tags and the plastic piece that went around the control knobs (that told you what knob was what) in the case. Bass was still in like new condition, except one small chip on the headstock. Got a fair deal on the J, but about 6 months later when I was there I saw my old Ibanez in the display case being advertised as new, with all the factory tags back on it. Not cool, to say the least. Makes you wonder how many "new" instruments purchased there were really used.
     
  11. oldbassplayergu

    oldbassplayergu Banned

    Dec 19, 2010
    I want a job there.
     
  12. change-jug

    change-jug

    Oct 11, 2008
    Buffalo,NY
    I`ve been there 2 or 3 times over the years. Being from Buffalo it`s only an hour or so to get there. My Dad first took me there when I was about 20. He had been there a few times in his youth(he played guitar). I really wanted a EB/SG type as my second bass. They had a vintage(i think) EB-2 for sale for a few grand,way out of my price range. But I did come across a Epi EB-3. I ended up playing it then buying it....for about $600. Imagine my bummed out facial expression when I saw the same bass at GC for $299 a few weeks later.
    The point I guess I`m trying to make is that one should definitely haggle the price and don`t try coming across too naive(like I`m sure I did). Hey I did get a free shirt tho!
    A year later I went back and bought another Epi,an El Segundo AEB,for a slightly better price(but no free HOG shirt). I did enjoy going through the basement and looking through all the cd`s and records they had. And the place is really crammed with gear. As others have said,it was a total pain in the butt trying to get the bass you were interested in without denting and dinging the other 4 basses or guitars piled on top.
    Great vibe and a lot of fun browsing but make sure you know your stuff and give haggling a try.
     
  13. ledyard

    ledyard

    Jan 31, 2010
    Upstate NY
    I live about 1.5 hours southeast of the HOG. I have spent at least a good 10k there over the last 10 years on guitars, basses, amps, ect... ans yes you definatley have to haggle with them on price. Sometimes you want something thats $600, and you see it (as the above guy did^^) the next week at GC for $200 less. Then sometimes you see something thats maybe quite a bit cheaper than you have seen it on ebay or whatever. I bought a Gibson flying V in 07. It was a brand new 05 guitar. Marked like $1300. I forget all the haggling we did but I ended up getting about $300 off.
    The thunderbird I am looking for in my sig came from there. It hung in the case way up over the entrance door from 1990 to 2001. Untouched except used by John Enthwhistle for a clinic around 90-91 then he signed the pick guard and there it hung til i bought it in 01. 11 years old, Brand new. They didnt sell me the pick guard though. Its on a 2001 t-bird now, still hanging in the window. When you walk through the first door....turn around and look up.
    The thing about the HOG is they have so much stuff stashed that you cant actually see that they dont know what they have. It wouldnt be unusual to have them go in the secret basement and pull up some brand new gibson guitar thats 10 years old and never been sold.
    They have a vintage amp wall on the "stage" in the back of the guitar show room. They have sooooo many seriously vintage black, silver, white face fender heads and combos piled on top of eachother back there its retarded. Plus marshall heads in piles....I saw a Major last time I was there. Plus numerous 50 and 100 watt plexi's.
     
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I applied for a job there when I was 16. That was nearly 30 years ago and they still haven't called me. :mad:

    In all reality they probably have had so many people apply over the years that they probably haven't even gotten to my application yet.
     
  15. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I worked there on and off from '76-'86 I still have a business relationship with Armand, Bruce and Blaine.....................more than that really they are old friends.
     
  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    At that time each instrument that left the store had a sticker on the back of the headstock it was about 1 1/2 " long and a 1/2" wide it said The House of Guitars (the word guitar was a guitar shape) Hope that helps.
     
  17. bombpop14

    bombpop14

    Apr 10, 2010
    Irvine, California USA
    Endorsing Artist Ampeg Amps
    We usually to stop in Rochester every tour on the way to toronto to drop off extra merch we didn't want to pay taxes on in Canada.

    I always insist on going by HOG for a peek...you can always count on seeing a whole bunch of cool basses that you would have a hard time finding anywhere else.

    As a person who gets excited going into ANY music store, this place is a real treat.
    There are less and less places like this in the world, it should be treasured.
     
  18. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    I do a gig there every year, and always say it's the most expensive crowd I've ever played for. :)
    I interviewed Armand when I was in High School for a video project on 8mm film, I need to get that converted.
    Nothing but great things to say about Bruce, and the whole gang.
    It beats GC any day unless you like corporate america, the HOG is an american institution.
    Dirk
     

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