Nothing makes a passionate collector happier than exhibiting and sharing their prized vintage and rare pieces with other enthusiasts. That’s the case with Guy Brogna, an owner of All Music Inc. in Plainview, who has opened a new vintage guitar lounge within his facility along with his business partner Irwin Natman.
“There are a lot of vintage freaks out there,” said Brogna. “This is a serious collection. The new room has only been open a few weeks but we’ve had lots of people stopping by to see our collection, check out our spectacular showroom, and talk to our knowledgeable staff.”
Stepping down a flight of stairs into the basement showroom, rows upon rows of gleaming guitars are hanging from the well-lit ceiling—700 in all. The new guitar lounge sits behind large window-encased French doors giving collectors a glimpse into the humidified room where more than 150 guitars and other rare instruments are on display. A mirror back accentuates each guitar and cedar walls give the room a nice clean scent.
“We’ve had our collection in offices, warehouses, and basements and never had a way to appreciate and view it,” said Brogna. “When we decided to remodel the classroom and studio space, we carved out a special room for our collection.”
A small selection from the room includes:
-Two 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtops
-1958 Gibson EB-1 Violin Bass (first electric bass model ever made)
-1915 Gibson F-4 Mandolin
-1957 Fender Stratocaster
-1964 Gretsch Tenneseean
-Guild Roy Buchanan Prototype (owned and played by Buchanan)
-1900's Wurlitzer Tipple
-1965 Fender Electric XII
-Ibanez Jem Steve Vai Autographed
-Gibson Pete Townshend SG Prototype
-Alembic Tribute Jerry Garcia Signature Model
Interspersed among the guitars are a Lyon and Healey harp, a few banjos, and two Fender Bassman amplifiers from 1957 and 1958 that were owned by the J. Geiles Band.
What’s the coolest guitar in the collection? “We have a rare 1907 Gibson harp guitar,” said Brogna. “It’s a work of art. You see them in museums most of the time."
Not only is the collection on view but the guitars are for sale. Rare and vintage pieces are priced from $1,000 to $20,000. One of the first electric instrument ever made, a 1935 Gibson E-350, is priced at $10,000. The 1915 Gibson F-4 mandolin is available for $6,000. A hand-painted Fender Telecaster is priced at $9,995.
“We have enough rare and vintage instruments to double the size of this room,” said Brogna. “We’re always in the market to buy more. The collectible guitar market is coming back and we have noticed an increase in interest and sales of these guitars."
All Music Inc. has been in its Plainview location since 1984 when Irwin Natman established the business. The firm offers lessons, repairs, rentals, and sales to customers all over Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as Queens. “We have a huge EBay presence,” said Brogna, “and we sell guitars all over the U.S. and overseas. Recently, we shipped a guitar to Croatia.”
All Music prides itself on providing top-notch customer service and turning customer relationships into long-term friendships. The company actively works with school music programs hoping to see five-year-old music students blossom into full-fledged musicians. “Our mission is to educate our customers and spend the necessary time to answer all of their questions, as well as build and cultivate a musical relationship that will last a lifetime,” said Brogna.