If you are guitar player and you are coming to NYC for any reason do yourself a big favor and visit Carmine Street Guitar Shop.
This gem is tucked in the heart of Greenwich Village on Carmine Street and for many New Yorker's is much more than just another guitar store. This place is magical, there is so much history here that you feel like you are in a museum.
Owner Rick Kelly is creating instruments that are played by many legends for decades in the back of the shop.
Late Lou Reed and Robert Quine, Bob Dylan, Bill Frisell, GE Smith, Jim Jarmusch, Bill Kirchen, Marc Ribot, Jim Campilongo and Walter Becker are just some of the names that you will recognize on Rick's wall. Talking to Rick you'll often hear wonderful stories from the past involving these great musicians, stories about old New York that is slowly disappearing to make a room for yet another drugstore chain, coffee shop or a bank. When you walk in, you feel like you became a character in one of Paul Auster's novels or you are in a movies like "Blue in The Face" or "Smoke".
This is where the time stops, this is where magic begins! There are no CNC machines and computers involved here, just skilled hands and a lot of knowledge behind old school machines and tools. Rick Kelly is salvaging wood from old buildings in the city. Naturally thermally treated, over two hundred years old pine wood and some other species are getting a new life becoming a beautiful piece of functional art.
Cindy Hulej is helping Kelly in this task for a couple of last years becoming very recognized on the local scene and beyond for her mind bending intricate artwork. Guitars and pickguards in her magic hands are getting totally another dimension. Their guitars not only sound amazing, they are very resonant and feel like 60 years old, broken in guitar. Each one of them belongs to art museum.
In case you are looking to get a great sounding instrument that is unique in every aspect go see Rick and Cindy. For more info, please visit website
Oh, and did I mention, they are GREAT people!