We Buy Guitars, LLC
We Buy Guitars has been synonymous with the buying and selling of vintage guitars and basses since 1968, but its roots actually extend as far back as 1914. That was the year the Friedman family launched its’ first retail operation on Park Row. It was called Friedman's Curiosity Shop. Then in the 1920's they moved to historic downtown New York City, on land once farmed by Peter Stuyvesant. Harry Friedman named his shop Stuyvesant Loan and Music. There, he bought and sold everything, from jewelry and gold coins to used tools and—you guessed it—previously owned musical instruments, creating what may well have been the nation’s very first vintage guitar store.
In 1966, Harry’s son Larry parlayed his own love of music-making into a new incarnation of the family business, opening Stuyvesant Music in midtown Manhattan and specializing in the new-and-used instrument trade.
Two years later, Larry and his wife, Emmy, made another shift. They moved the shop a couple of blocks east to 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, right in the heart of the city’s renowned “Music Row,” and renamed it We Buy Guitars.At one time, the Friedman family owned three stores on 48th Street, all catering to the needs of some of the most famous names in the music and entertainment industry.
Then in 1995, the Friedmans retired and We Buy Guitars closed its doors. Richard Friedman, the youngest of Larry and Emmy’s three sons, subsequently went to work for Sam Ash Music where he met David Davidson in a stroke of serendipity. Together, Richie and David established the chain’s multimillion-dollar vintage guitar department. For the next decade, this dynamic pair continued to be the exclusive buyers for Sam Ash’s 45 stores throughout the country, as well as for Manny’s Music. Richie’s growing reputation as a vintage guitar expert led him to become a pricing consultant for several notable publications. Likewise, David’s knowledgeable opinions about guitar collecting and investing made him widely sought after by the media.
In 2005, with the vintage guitar marketplace getting ever hotter, the two decided the time was right to venture out on their own. Assisted by Tom Dubas, David and Richie agreed there was only one real option and...“We Buy Guitars, America's First Vintage Guitar Store ” was reborn!
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Upon receipt, if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you must notify We Buy Guitars within 24 hours. We will refund your money as soon as the merchandise is returned to us in the same condition as when shipped. The customer is responsible for all shipping, insurance, or bank fees that may be incurred. All returns must be repacked using the original packaging in which it was sent. All claims regarding loss or damage are the responsibility of the purchaser.