we used to manage ted nugent, aerosmith, scorpions, acdc.
when the scorpions and acdc would come into town I would escort them to mannys to buy some of their instruments.
I remember going with ted and when he started playing a guitar it was so loud I thought all the pics on the wall were goin to come down on my head. He sure drew a crowd in the stroe. OUr bands loved going to mannys they were treated royally with loads of respect. Of course I bought all my mics down there when I was… Continue
Added by cheryl krebs on April 19, 2009 at 6:02pm —
John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, did a beautiful article in the May 18th issue. It gives you a feeling of what it was like to "hang" at Manny's, which is why we built this site....so the hang can go on… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 15, 2009 at 10:30am —
"As a Music Industry sales rep for too many years, I remember the old days of Manny's well. I don't think there is any chance of "saving it", the name is owned by Sam Ash, and midtown real estate is just too valuable these days for a music store to be there. I advise all who haven't visited to take a walk through while they still can just to see all the signed 8X10's, Jimi, Carlos, Genya, jazz stars, blues stars, and as Ray Davies wrote "some that are famous, some that you've never even heard… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 12, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Goldie and The Gingerbreads and all the bands of the 60's especially the ones that played bars around NYC like the Peppermint Lounge, Ungano's Wagon Wheel, Trudy Hellers would have been nothing without this mom and pop store, Manny's.
was great, we always felt like we were coming home when we walked in, for many years it was the place to hang, find new musicians for bands, and just hang.....our pix on the walls, and the personal touch sort of like walking into a 'musical Cheer's' Wow, I… Continue
Added by genya ravan on April 11, 2009 at 6:38pm —
Tucker Woodbury at 1:20am April 7
When I moved to NYC in the 1984, I had no friends and was without a guitar. I went into mannys and bought my Guild d-40. It's been a great friend ever since. Loved that music store.
Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:24am —
Felix Rodriguez (Collège Lionel-Groulx) wrote
at 12:57am on March 31st, 2009
if there is a manifestation held in new york , ill come down from canada and i will be there FOR SHURE , this is one on the most amazing guitar shop ive been in my life and ITS A LEGEND , A PIECE OF MUSIC HISTORY.
Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:22am —
I remember as a young kid (9 or 10) having my dad drive hours from New Jersey to go buy sheet music. My dad was in awe of the place. I thought sheet music was very serious...no pictures, not even words.
Merrill Aldighieri (France)
Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:21am —
I was 10 years old when I walked into manny's and bought a farfisa organ it was my fist band.. It was like walking into a dream for a kid.. everyones pictures were on the wall.. I've been playing music ever since.
Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:02am —
I bought my first guitar there when I was 13...snuck out of my hotel room while my parents were sleeping and went down to Manny's and bought it from cash I had from working and beating other kids in black jack. All because of Jeff Beck, whom I'm going to see inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame tonight!
Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:00am —
Living in Manhattan in the Seventies I used to wander into Manny's (I played
guitar in my high school band "The Shags" out on Long Island) and was all too
familiar how Manny's was not just a "guitar store" and there was certainly an
understood accepted behavior when you entered that store.
You did not ask to try out a guitar and start jamming on some riff you could
slog through as kids do today in music store. Not happening… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:43am —
I spent many of my 'cutting out of school' days at Manny's as a kid growing up
in Brooklyn. I would do anything to hang there just to hope to stand in the
same spot Jimi Hendrix did when he was trying out a Strat. I still go there
whenever in the city, frequently walking many blocks out of my way just to spend
time in the store.
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:41am —
There's a lot of cool guitars being made these days but it's impossible to try
them before buying. Guitar Center only carries a handful of lines. I love to
strap on a Reverend, Eastwood, SX, Dan Armstrong, Framus, Hagstrom ...
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:40am —
Manny's was like a glimpse of heaven & the garden of Eden & a Jewish bakery all
rolled into one- with Henry as St.Peter, standing on a chair.
All of those beautiful guitars in their mostly muted colors, enticing you to
touch them and dare to learn how to play them. And the amps and Fender
echo/reverb units to get you the BIG sounds you heard everywhere around you.
Every once in a while you'd go in there and catch a… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:39am —
"...and I saw Gene Cornish on the street way back when..."
Classic. I once saw Gene Cornish there. And Leslie West. It was the mecca where
I trained in from CT, plunked my hard earned down and traded up my Zim Gar for a
I still love to window shop on that block when I'm in NYC.
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:38am —
"And on the walls are signed pictures from every act every to ply the boards..."
.... and one of Dino, Desi and Billy's early black and white 8 X 10 promo photos
used to be located under one of the "Ms" in the name Manny's as you walked in
the store. That's what I remember seeing when I visited the store manny (haha)
years ago. I was very proud to see that photo up there, seriously.
Sorry to hear the store is… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:37am —
About 9 years ago when I really started to get a handle on soloing I walked into
Manny's confident for the first time...previously I had only gone in with my
guitar playing older brother and uncle (having grown up in VT, but having a dad
from Brooklyn we would go to NYC pretty often).
It was amazing, it was the first time I went to the store alone (I was 18), I
did my usual walk around Sam Ash and the couple of other guitar… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:36am —
You've touched on one of my old favorite haunts -- 48th Street.
There's only ONE store left there from the glory days, Bob -- Rudy's Music. Rudy
is still there, making deals, hanging out, buying selling and trading. He just
celebrated his 25th anniversary there, and every other store is either owned by
Sam ASS or is gone.
Let me see -- WE BUY GUITARS. One of the first dealers to realize that used
guitars were… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:34am —
Wow! Manny's is going under! That's HORRIBLE news. Being from Syracuse, New
York (six hours away from NYC, but it might as well have been a light year), a
trip down to NYC during a high school concert trip or a college band tour meant
the opportunity to hit that little stretch of 48th street. Most smaller cities
have one or possibly two music shops. 48th street had much more than that...on
the same street! It was like entering Disneyland… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:33am —
As teenagers in the late 60s, Manny's was our shrine. When I was 15, I saw my
then-hero Jack Casady having his bass re-strung for him, with 'extra heavy gauge
strings'! (At least that's my memory of the scene.) We were annoying little
teenagers, and we couldn't get the time of day from the staff. It was all part
of paying our dues.
Thanks for conjuring up those memories. It's sad to see Manny's go out of
business, but… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:31am —
Manny's used to be a legitimate, and important, reason to take the one-hour
train and tube ride from the northern Jersey burbs into the city. Then it grew
and became all of 48th Street. It was still the most likely place to breath the
intoxicating air of the rock hero, where all the boys with long hair and rock
dreams and the girls who felt the same pull, would go - a true street of dreams.
My teenagers still get a whiff of that… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:30am —