N, R at 8th St.-NYU
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This East Village custom-guitar shop is the renowned German brand’s first New York location. The hardwood floors, brick walls, and quiet location are conducive to impromptu jam sessions, and speakers are hooked up to test out an instrument’s sound. An in-store specialist can help you design your guitar from scratch, with finishes ranging from wood to tie-dye, and shapes spanning from the classic, country-looking Mayfield to a more slanted, rock-and-roll Diablo. The handmade creations start at around $2,000.