Guitar Center

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Guitar Center, Times Square

The national chain is basically shorthand for mom-and-pop-crushing uncoolness (and it should be noted that until recently a block of W 48th Street near here was known as Music Row for its abundance of now-shuttered guitar shops), but the Times Square Guitar Center has a strange serenity to it. If you can time your visit to avoid the shredding hordes, the massive space has tons of expensive axes and amps to try out hassle free, as well as an ample stock of necessary supplies like strings and drumsticks.


Venue name: Guitar Center
Address: 218 West 44th St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10am–11pm; Fri–Sat 10am–11:59pm; Sun 10am–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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