The lost guitar stores of NYC
I’ll never forget how excited I was walking down 48th st, or musicians row as that block was known. Every shop a guitar shop, we were headed to Sam Ash to buy my first electric guitar, a 1991 Ibanez RG550 in black. On the way we definitely passed the ESP custom shop, which is sadly no longer there. I was too young to know to go there, but I always wish I had before it closed down.
Read more about the vanished guitar shops of NYC in this New Yorker article by Thomas Beller