Mon-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm
6 at Bleecker St.; F at Second Ave.
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Rivington’s one-room storefront is packed with as many guitars—set on stands, hanging on the walls, and displayed in the windows—as could possibly be crammed into such a tiny space. But every ax is rigorously selected. Soft-spoken owner Howie Statland knows his guitars: He’s the frontman of the band New York City Smoke, and his solo work has attracted attention from Philip Glass. He prefers vintage electric models from classic lines like Gibson, Fender, and Martin, and his shop draws many local artists, among them A-list players from The Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, and The Strokes. Rivington also sells a mix of old and new acoustics and the occasional amp and keyboard. Statland does a tidy business online, where foreign artists who can’t come to the store (though many do make the trip) can browse the constantly updated inventory and get their selections shipped. The store also provides repair services for guitars, amps, and keyboards and offers lessons to aspiring ax-men.