I recommend these local vendors when you’re looking for a referral. I have long-standing personal and professional relationships with each, and I always recommend them in person not only because of how good they are at what they do, but because they’re just really great people who have always helped me out. Don’t go to a corporate mall or Guitar Center, ask someone you trust to recommend a guitar shop or a repair guy who they would actually trust with their instruments!
- Brooklyn Fine Guitars: A quaint, small shop on one of the few quieter streets in Brooklyn, just a block away from busy Smith Street. BKGs stocks two different categories of guitars – both brand new guitars made by the highly respected Yamaha Corporation, and several different recognizable makes and models of guitars that have been reclaimed by a company based in Tennessee. All CCGS students receive a discount on beginner and intermediate level instruments.
- 30th Street Guitars: New York City’s most trusted guitar repair resource. | Large assortment of guitars, basses, amps, and effects. Guitar repair has been a large part of 30th Street Guitars from the start. Matt Brewster, an expert luthier with over 30 years experience, and his experienced repair staff are well known for their set ups, custom wiring, fret jobs, wood work, custom guitar building, and much more. Guitar Repair is a big part of 30th Street Guitars today.
- King Killer Studios: Serious musicians and bands need a space that feels like an extension of home in order to feel comfortable and creative, and that’s what KKS offers. King Killer Studios has been providing the Gowanus area of Brooklyn with flexible music practice spaces and rehearsal rooms, studio recording, music video and digital press kit production, and the best underground DIY shows around for almost a decade.
- JamAlong Music Method – If you’re looking for a new song-based play-along method to learn mandolin, JamAlong Music has great video lessons, Skype and play-along tracks to get you ready for your next jam. Tell Brae I sent you!