New York City is a mecca for artists and musicians. Whether you’re a rock-n-roll guitarist or a classically trained pianist, you are bound to find a music store that is right up your alley. Check out these five NYC music shops.
169 W. 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
For the past 36 years, Rudy’s Music has been a go-to for guitarists and guitar lovers of all ages. Located in Midtown West, the music store has five whole floors stocked with acoustic, electric, bass, pre-owned, and vintage guitars. Rudy’s Music originated from a deep appreciation and love for music. The store is owned by Rudy Pensa, who is also the founder of Pensa guitars. Rudy’s Music takes care of repairs and has a second location in Soho.
220 W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10001
Have some old instruments lying around? Looking to trade in your old guitar? Head on over to Rogue Music in Midtown West and trade in your old keyboard for a new one. Rogue music accepts trade-ins, cash sale deals, and consignment deals. The music store sells and trades guitars, guitar pedals and effects pedals, keyboards, recording equipment, drums and drum hardware, and vintage products. Rogue Music also offers repairs with a 90-day warranty.
Main Drag Music
330 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If you’re looking for the best new and used instruments in Williamsburg, Main Drag Music is the place to go. Check out the store’s selection of new and vintage guitars, drums, synths, and an impressive accessories collection. Employees are all knowledgeable musicians, praised for their professional demeanor and customer service skills. Main Drag Music also offers a full-service repair shop with top-notch technicians.
First Flight Instruments
174 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009
Low prices, a great selection of new and vintage instruments, and a music school all in one building. What could be better? First Flight Instruments stocks and sells new and used guitars, amps, and a variety of accessories. Looking to rent an instrument instead of buy? The store and music school also rents out its guitars, amps, pedals, and brass and wind instruments. First Flight Music school offers one-on-one private lessons for guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard, and drums, as well as vocals.
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Dan’s Chelsea Guitars
224 W. 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011
Dan’s Chelsea Guitars is a historic New York City music store that every guitar lover should visit. Musicians and actors/actresses from Lenny Kravitz to Keith Urban, and Anne Hathaway to Elvis Costello, have all visited the iconic guitar store. Since 1989, the store was located in The Chelsea Hotel, but several years ago was forced to move to a smaller location next door. Even though the space itself is smaller than the original store, the vintage product and service can’t be beat. In addition to selling vintage guitars, the store accepts guitar trade-ins, sells “Chelsea Guitars” t-shirts, and offers repairs.
Lanya Trypupenko is a freelance writer living in NYC and covering all things New York. She is a self-proclaimed shopaholic who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and deals. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.