Re: Cool guitar stores in NYC?
The stores in NYC are BIG stores, and that means they sell what sells the most - cheap stuff. There are places to buy serious collectibles, but I think these days the best place to look for variety would be the Guitar Center on 14th Street. 48th St really isn't what it used to be back in the 70's and 80's unfortunately, but you can put out an album with a single good synth now and that has really changed the business of selling and marketing instruments. At any rate, just call ahead and ask about inventory so you aren't disappointed.