Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Favorite Shop: Matt Umanov Guitars

This is a really cool guitar store and unlike the "supermarket" style music stores, Matt Umanov sells only guitars. New and used, acoustic and electric, basses, amps, effects, and accessories from Fender, Gretsch, Martin, Epiphone and Gibson. As well as great vintage instruments like the 1965 Fender Jazzmaster and 1979 Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster.

"Matt's Collection" isn't really a collection at all; it's more like an accumulation. Forty-some-odd years of being around fretted (and some unfretted) stringed instruments has led to crossing paths with more than a few oddities, and odder-than-oddities, and when something calls out to you and says "please take me home", there's just no disregarding that call. Fortunately, this has happened to me many times over the years, and I've managed to acquire some wonderful pieces. Some look fabulous, some look strange, and every single one of them has a terrific story, known or not. None of these pieces are for sale; they're far too personal to me, and besides, I suspect that the sum total "worth" of them isn't much more than about twelve bucks in money, but in terms of what they are, each and every one of them is, as they say, priceless.

Matt Umanov Guitars
273 Bleecker St. NY, NY 10014
(212) 675-2157
Open M-Sat 11-7pm Sun 12-6pm
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