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Guitar Center

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25 W. 14th St, New York, NY 10011 40.736369 -73.994409
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
(212) 463-7500 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Products & Services: Books, CDs/Records, DVDs/Videos, Musical Instruments, Video Games

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Official Website

guitarcenter.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CDs/Records
  • DVDs/Videos
  • Musical Instruments
  • Video Games

Profile

Restless high-school kids across America know the multifarious recreational potential of musician superstore chain Guitar Center. And the Manhattan branch—the largest on the East Coast and the second-largest in the whole chain—is an exceptional specimen. The diverse guitar options include the standard starter-tool Fender Stratocaster, Ibanez Flying V’s, a sedate roomful of delicate acoustic numbers, and an $85,000 1957 Goldtop Les Paul Gibson. But guitars just barely scratch the surface here. Along with the proper kitsch and accoutrements (fuzzy lightning-bolt straps, Metallica songbooks, picks, strings, effects pedals, stands, and cases), the store boasts everything a sprightly rocker would ever need to make some ungodly noise—from a wide assortment of drum machines, speakers, and recording equipment to unusual unplugged accompaniments like cowbells, African hand drums, and maracas. Browsing shoppers wander Guitar Center’s main level, basement, and various sub-rooms, where slightly intimidating guitar-geek clerks don’t give a second thought to ambitious lingerers.

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