Rudy's Music

    Argentine-born guitar builder Rudy Pensa opened Rudy’s Music on 48th Street in 1978, part of the famed “Music Row”. The son of a musician, Pensa had played guitar since the age of seven. His father had stressed that a guitar was an instrument, not a toy, and was therefore an object worthy of respect. It’s a lesson that Pensa embraced and later coupled with solid business acumen. Success led to an expansion, and in 2009, Rudy’s Music Soho opened. Pensa’s latest venture demonstrates how a guitar can itself be art, not merely a means to make music, and the shop exudes the aura of a gallery. Gorgeous models from the big names–Gibson, PRS, Rickenbacker, Fender–line the walls alongside one-of-a-kind specialties. The back of the shop houses a room for acoustic models, while perched upstairs is area devoted solely to rare archtops. Understandably proud, Pensa beams when discussing his prized D’Angelicos, D’Aquistos, and Monteleones, all crafted according to methods brought from the Old World to jazz-era New York. They’re among the last of their kind in the world, so stop by and catch a glimpse of history the next time you buy some strings.Show lessRead more

    461 Broome Street , New York (btw Greene St & Mercer St)


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