Ludlow Guitars is Moving to Brooklyn After 17 Years on Ludlow Street; Cites Changing Neighborhood and Rents

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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In case you needed further proof that the Lower East Side music scene is dead, look no further than Ludlow Street. Soulless. And now this.

The eponymous Ludlow Guitars is calling it quits after seventeen years on the block. Computer printouts in the windows serve as announcements of the imminent closure. The vintage guitar shop is moving to Brooklyn – we’re told it’s “top secret” but somewhere in Bedford Stuyvesant/Bushwick environs – on July 18. It should reopen sometime in the coming months. In the meantime, they’ve already begun packing up the store.

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It’s another sad day for neighborhood creativity. The following farewell was disseminated to customers via Facebook.

With great sadness, we are informing you that Ludlow Guitars will be closing its doors to the Lower East Side this July 18th. These last 17 years have been an amazing journey and we are exceptionally proud to have been able to serve the musical community for as long we have. To have grown and shared our passion for music with those who have ever walked through our doors. We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for helping make Ludlow Guitars what it is today, and though we are sad to go, not all is lost. We are in the process of finding a new home in Brooklyn and are hoping to have a new location up and running by the end of Fall. So, before the doors finally shut here, come down, reminisce, play some guitar and help us say farewell to a place that has been our home for so long.

Owner- Kaan Howell
Ludlow Guitars

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Ludlow Guitars opened at 164 Ludlow Street in 1999, arguably the maturation of the local scene. Real estate pressures (i.e. high rents) forced a move to its current location six years ago, after the departure of Marmalade. Now it’s an “accumulation” of issues that led to this. Reasons for relocation are manifold.

“There are always a variety of factors that prompt a relocation: rent, neighborhood change, lifestyle,” ownership told us when asked for further comment.

When the music’s over, turn out the lights…

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When Ludlow Guitars was at 164 Ludlow, May 2009

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