We sell fine guitars. But our shop is different than any other local guitar retailer, and almost the exact opposite of the nearby corporate giant Guitar Center. We run a quaint, small shop on one of the few quieter streets in Brooklyn, but only a block away from busy Smith Street, where we were open for five years from late 2011 to August 2016. We stock two different categories of guitars--both brand new guitars made by the highly respected Yamaha Corporation, and several different recognizable makes and models of guitars that have been reclaimed by a company based in Tennessee. Keep reading for more information!
There is perhaps no better company known for consistency and quality than Yamaha. We are proud to carry many of their fabulous guitars in the shop, with access to their entire catalogue. From an affordable starter (from $169.99 for the basic acoustic guitar pack) to a hand-crafted all solid-wood dreadnought with a passive pick-up (LL16M), we have a Yamaha guitar at just about every price point. We also stock three models of their 3/4 sized guitars for little ones looking to get playing. And Yamaha backs up every single guitar they make with a lifetime warranty on the top, back, sides and neck, and a one-year warranty on everything else (except strings). So you get a great guitar at a great price for the quality, and you can start playing knowing that you've made a solid investment. We've got Yamaha classicals, steel string acoustics, acoustic-electrics, electric guitar packages with amplifier, and stand alone amplifiers. In our opinion, you simply can't go wrong with any Yamaha guitar.
Guitars...New or Used?
We don't exclusively carry Yamaha guitars, however. We can also offer great prices on other guitars by many well recognized and respected makers. Although these guitars have never been owned, they are not new in the same way that a guitar from another retailer will be. Our guitars are supplied from a Tennessee-based company known as the Musical Instrument Reclamation Corporation. Dealing directly with big name manufacturers, they purchase guitars that are designated "second", meaning there is some type of imperfection just noticeable enough for the maker not to want to deal with. Often times this is a discoloration in the wood, or a blemish in the lacquer, or an anomaly in the hardware, for example. Before being sold to retailers like ourselves, all guitars end up on the bench of a manufacturer-inspected workshop, where they are amended to an exacting standard. Often times, hardware, pickups, or other details are upgraded. Lacquer imperfections are repaired or full guitars may be resprayed. In the uniqueness of this second inspection and treatment, sometimes the guitars come out playing even nicer than the same model directly from the manufacturer! This we know from the 350+ guitars that we learned about, played and sold from our former Smith Street location.
The biggest opportunities that we can offer a perspective guitar buyer are savings and value. Because the guitars are purchased from big name manufacturers in quantity, savings are initially passed on to us, then we pass on to you. Depending on the make, model and initial price, savings from 8 to 35 percent can be found on most guitars in our shop. As an example, one model of Guild, a brand that we pride ourselves on carrying, regularly sells for around $950 at various retailers and can often be found for around $650 at our shop. Our guitars are an excellent way to get a high quality instrument at a noticeably lower price than commonly found around town, or even online. And especially with the higher-end guitars, these savings can be real money!
Quality and reputation are important to us. We value brand recognition, and certainly there are numerous quality oriented-guitar companies around the world these days. Because we strive to keep quality high, we choose to carry certain makes over others. We have learned a lot about various makes and models from our experience on Smith Street, and now focus on keeping the store flush with our "core four" brands: Yamaha, Epiphone, Guild, and Washburn. Of course, the Yamaha guitars are directly supplied from the maker as we are a Yamaha dealer. The three other quality makes listed above are always in the shop as well. There are also some other respected makes that you will find with us, notably Fender, Takamine, Ibanez, Cordoba, Gretsch, and occasionally a few others. Because we are not a direct dealer from any single maker other than Yamaha, we are subject to availability and unfortunately cannot order any specific make, model or quantity of a non-Yamaha made guitar on demand. However, please inquire if you don't see something that you like; perhaps we will be able to get it or at least offer a similar alternative.
Banjos, Ukuleles, Mandolins, Amplifiers, Cases and more...
We don't stop at guitars! We are extremely proud to be carrying a fine selection of the USA-manufactured Deering Banjo Company. Their starter open back banjo (Goodtime) sells for less than $500--an absolutely amazing deal for an instrument made in the states! Check the four models we regularly stock here. We generally carry about 4 to 6 different models of Cordoba and Gretsch ukuleles, and a also mandolin or two. We've also got three kinds of cases for all different sizes of guitars--hard shell for the best protection, Yamaha's form-fitting soft cases and standard light-weight gig bags. We love the Yamaha THR5 and THR10 amplifiers, which pack a sizable punch in an attractively small package. And we carry the Yamaha Axe Pack, which compliments any guitar with a stand, strap, picks, clip-on tuner, cloth and string winder. For guitar services, we offer the basics. Restringing, set-up and basic repairs can be done in the shop in a day or two turnaround, if not day-of-drop off service. You can read more about our guitar services here.