About two weeks ago, Rivington Guitars took its merry bandwagon of vintage guitars and headed north from its Lower East Side, Rivington Street location and moved into a sparkling, new FAB (Fourth Arts Block) storefront at 73 East Fourth Street.
A popular destination for locals, musicians, collectors and touristas alike, Howie Statland and Erik Simon – owner and manager, respectively, of Rivington Guitars – say that the symbiotic relationship between arts organizations, retail and the community on Fourth Street helped precipitate the move especially when compared to the dog eat dog world of Rivington Street.
Though East Village Podcasts knowledge of the vintage guitar world is limited, it appears Howie and Erik, who are ready to jam when you are, have packed the store full of classic guitars including, as you will see: a 1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins, a 1969 Fender Telecaster, a 1975 Les Paul Custom, a 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst, a 1918 Martin and a James Trussart, to name a few. The attractive wall display is like a guitar hall of fame. See them in the video!
Howie and Erik back up the collection with anecdotes and insight. Erik offers, “I noticed years ago that girls were buying electric guitars and wanting to be rock stars, and guys were buying acostic guitars and singing about their feelings. It really perplexed me.”
It’s not just about buying and selling guitars at Rivington Guitars, either. If your Strummer has lost its Joe, or needs repair, or you forgot how to play and need guitar lessons, Howie and Erik look forward to assisting.
Be warned about store rules, though. Do not turn a Stratocaster into an axe and bury it in one of the store’s speakers.. unless you want to buy them. And, in that case, enjoy.
Rivington Guitars in the Media: Racked
January 19th, 2009
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