These are the actual photos from the walls of Manny's, from the book "The Wall of Fame" by Holly and Henry Goldrich
it must have been that spine surgery in 2008 that I had forgotten about this page. Either way, so glad I found it again.. Leave to my good friend google to reconnect me with my friends.. Miss and love you!
Love it all! I was thinking about my father, a fine sax player who hit Manny's fairly frequently, buying strings for his guitarist, the great Buddy Merrill, and reeds for himself. He seemed to spend a lot of the time gabbing it up at the counter. In '75 or so, when my first guitar, a new J-50, was stolen from my college apt in Albany, we trucked on down to Manny's. A friend had been playing a great sounding Goya dread, so I was fixated on having one. When I asked at the counter, the older white haired clerk, I'm assuming Manny himself, reached around behind and barely leaving his seat whipped out a '66 blonde S-18 in good shape. A hundred bucks, a handful of picks, and I had a fine guitar and another sweet memory.
Since then I've owned many fine vintage acoustic guitars and wonder how many might have passed through those doors. Joyously claustophobic! Wish I kept track of my Manny's picks. Might have swallowed one or two.
Enjoying the site. Big thanks!
I grew up a Sam Ash kinda guy. Growing up in Queens, the Hempstead Sam Ash was more convenient. Although as a kid it was always exciting to go into the city and go into Manny's. While in my early teens I saw Gene Cornish of the Young Rascals in there. He autographed a Manny's business card for me. I wish I still had it. Later in life I realized just how great a store Manny's was. Everyone who was someone shopped in there. I am happy to say I bought two high priced DW drum sets in Manny's in 2003 and 2006. Over the weekend I was in the city and stopped in Sam Ash ( formely Manny's ) and bought a Manny's Music tee shirt. I can't wait to wear it into my local Guitar Center.
I'll never forget my first trip to Manny's. To see those photos on the wall...That yellow Danelectro which I thought was just about the coolest guitar! I remember going in to buy a wa wa before my first session. So many memories.I still have those old Manny's picks around. Manny's is a New York institution!
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