Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Manny’s Music, probably one of the most famous music stores in the United States, is closing it’s doors at the end of May. Located on West 48th, the store was the supplier of choice among Jazz and Rock’s most famous players. Dizzy Gillespie and Barney Kessel both shopped there and were good friends with the store’s owner Manny Goldrich. Later when the store was run by Manny’s son, Henry, everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to The Who came to Manny’s to buy equipment and try out the latest gear.
In an effort to preserve Manny’s Wall of Fame, a virtual wall has been created to display the all of the photos and to let everyone post their own personal stories about the store. Full story…
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
We’ve all been there. You plunk down a paycheck to buy that last guitar you’ll ever need. Then, at some point 2 or 3 years later you want to trade that guitar in for the last guitar you’ll ever need. Repeat.
So we were awfully intrigued when we learned about Buffalo Brothers Guitars and their shocking “100% Upgrade Policy.” Apparently these crazy Buffalo Brothers allow you to return your used guitar that you bought from them and get *the full amount you paid* to apply towards the purchase of a new guitar that is at least as expensive as the one you are returning. Are they insane over there? Sure there is some fine print, but nothing too ugly (at least not compared to this).
We like this method a lot more than the one used by most retailers – give you back half of what you paid and then turn the guitar around and sell it for 75% of what you paid.
We’re so inspired by this policy that we were considering moving Fretbase to Carlsbad, but then we figured that a town with people with a policy like this can’t have great drivers.
Buffalo Brothers Guitars
Please tell us about your last “last guitar you’ll ever need” in the comments.