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Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Rob Moreno, Jul 16, 2017.
I love my local guitar shop. It's like Radio Shack for guitars.
I could wax lyrical, about a guitar shop back in the day. Sadly no longer there.
It could have been described as tangled Aladdin's Cave. Draws full of bits and pieces accumulated over time, and guitars hanging on walls that had both dust and fingerprints on them. Organised chaos was a good description.
The smell inside was a mixture of many things, aged building being one of them. The shop was housed in an old Victorian building. Well patina'd wooden paneling that had been both lent against and caressed over the years, and plaster ceilings that looked decidedly dodgy in places.
What was most memorable though was the fact that it was a true meeting place. Many musicians of all ages congregated there, sipping strong tea that you could make yourself in the back kitchen. I remember being mesmerized by the skill of some of the 'old' guys who visited. Those 'old' guys were probably in their 40's.. ha!
So yes, wonderful memories of what was a different time and place. Guitar shops that weren't at all corporate, on a mission to sell X-amount of units per week. Maybe that's why it closed in the end, didn't sell enough to pay the rent. A lovely old shop though, that played its part in my own musical journey..
Ah yes, I remember it well.
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That is pretty terrific.
Where is it, if I'm not out of line in asking?
It's a 5 min. walk from Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. Ikebe Gakki. There's an annex shop next door to it that sells only effects pedals. Hundreds of them, new and used. Stay away if you have GAS.
Not likely to get to Tokyo.
I found another one today. A bit too hardcore for me.
now that is just too amazingly great!