My brother and I prepared for weeks in the summer of 1966 to make our first trip to the "city" from Astoria to see the guitars at Manny's. When we got there there was a Rickenbacker just like John Lennon's in the window and we knew we had found the place where our dreams were to become revealed! It took me two years but I bought my first Precision Bass on August 7, 1968 from Henry who was also tending to John Entwistle and Pete Townshend. They were playing the Schaefer Music Festival in Central… Continue
Added by Sandi on June 1, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Yesterday, I was visiting the John Lennon New York Years exhibit at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex, and when I got to the Springsteen room, there is a little glass case containing a harmonica from in 1974 and.....a MANNY'S HEAVY GUITAR PICK"
kind of like this one of mine only white and really beat up!
Added by Sandi on May 24, 2009 at 9:30am —
This was sent to us from one of our members. Sam Houston Andrew III, founding member and guitarist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company. That's him with the white guitar and COOL bell bottoms! This picture is on the wall at Manny's. Thanks Sam!
Added by Sandi on May 20, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I worked at Sound City in London in 73, and thought we were cool until a trip to NYC showed me the real deal, I was in awe. Whenever anyone came back from Stateside, the first question was always "d'ya go to Manny's?" I still use a leather strap I bought there on that first visit.
Added by Sandi on April 27, 2009 at 9:23am —
I moved to New York from California in 1968, 41 years ago. My "old man", Stuart Scharf was a studio guitar player and produced Spanky and Our Gang, he wrote "I'd Like To Get To Know You" which was a big hit and he always used to talk about Henry and we used to go buy strings and picks and scoring paper at Manny's and joke about how he constantly had to tune his guitar.
All the studio musicians had 4 and 5 dates a day. In those days you'd walk into A&R or any of the recording… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Actually wore a Manny's "Schlepper" T Shirt at my Wedding Reception in 75' after dumping the Tux.....used to get the "Pro" 40% on a guitar back in the Day.
John L. Veneble
Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 10:30pm —
"In the '70s, Manny's was like the Promised Land. You felt like you were a part of history just walking past the place--nevermind walking in...!"
Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 8:02pm —
Here is the Martin D-28 you hand-picked for me in 1969. It was a
lucky choice and I keep it in perfect condition. Millions of Bob
Dylan fans hear this guitar on the opening notes of "Tangled Up In
Blue." Thank you for personally helping me pick out this instrument
-- I came all the way from Minnesota to buy it especially from you.
Author "A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and The
Making of Blood on The… Continue
Added by Sandi on April 23, 2009 at 11:00am —
Re: Henry Goldrich, proprietor of Manny's for 50 years, talks about The Yellow Guitar, Bo Diddley, Hendrix......
"Wow! i bought my first guitar from Henry in 1958! Henry is a great guy...the Goldriches are a terrific family and losing Manny's
will be a sad,sad thing."
Added by Sandi on April 21, 2009 at 11:40am —
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 —
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 —