Matt Umanov Guitars

Matt Umanov Guitars The best in new and vintage guitars in the heart of Greenwich Village NYC Repairing and restoring top-grade fretted instruments is where I started out in the early 1960s in Greenwich Village, several years before opening my store here.
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It began with fixing everything I could find as a little kid, gaining tool skills and woodworking and machine skills along the way, and knowledge of processing all kinds of natural materials (wood, metal, plastics, glass and more) for manufacturing processes. Having also grown up in the music world since infancy, building and rebuilding musical instruments came naturally in my teenage years and by the time I was fourteen or so I had started working on fretted instruments, my first love. Restoring Martins and making electric guitars were natural ways to go and I was off on a tear, doing it professionally by the time I was seventeen. Opening my store came about five years later, doing all the repairs myself, and on to running the business for the next forty-eight years, finally deciding to close the retail end and keeping our long-since internationally-acclaimed repair department open. While we have closed the retail side of the store, our guitar restoration and repair department remains open, by appointment, serving New Yorkers and musicians from all over the world in the same location that the store had been in for the last thirty-five years. You're welcome to email [email protected] to arrange for a day and time (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) to bring your treasured instrument in for anything from bringing the Martin that's been in your family for over a hundred years back to life, to straight-ahead Strat or Les Paul setups, and everything in between. We'll take care of you in the same that way we always have, with uncompromising professional attention, since the 1960s.

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HMS Dreadnought All-Star Guitar Band by Dick BoakI am honored to have my picture included in this fabulous re-creation o...
03/28/2021

HMS Dreadnought All-Star Guitar Band by Dick Boak

I am honored to have my picture included in this fabulous re-creation of the Beatles’ “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover by my very dear friend Dick Boak, featuring the people most important to him in his career at Martin. Dick, more than anyone else, put the Martin Guitar Co. on the global map during his forty-two-year tenure as head of Artist Relations (and more). I’m thrilled to be there with so many of the folks who had been customers in my store over the years, many of whom also became good friends, such as Jorma Kaukonen, John Sebastian, George Harrison, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Steven Stills, so many more.

Find the key to names at www.dickboak.com.

HMS Dreadnought All-Star Guitar Band by Dick Boak

I am honored to have my picture included in this fabulous re-creation of the Beatles’ “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover by my very dear friend Dick Boak, featuring the people most important to him in his career at Martin. Dick, more than anyone else, put the Martin Guitar Co. on the global map during his forty-two-year tenure as head of Artist Relations (and more). I’m thrilled to be there with so many of the folks who had been customers in my store over the years, many of whom also became good friends, such as Jorma Kaukonen, John Sebastian, George Harrison, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Steven Stills, so many more.

Find the key to names at www.dickboak.com.

We are glad to announce that we are again receiving repairs by appointment!Monday - Fridaynoon - 5pm
07/08/2020

We are glad to announce that we are again receiving repairs by appointment!

Monday - Friday
noon - 5pm

Matt Umanov Guitars Repair Shop, still at 273 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and still considered to be the best i...
02/18/2020

Matt Umanov Guitars Repair Shop, still at 273 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and still considered to be the best in New York since the 1960s, is now accepting work on all quality fretted instruments for everything up to and including full restorations. Open by appointment from Noon to 5PM Monday-Friday. Email [email protected] with the nature of your request and a day and time you’d like to come by and I’ll get right back to you.

It’s now been two years since I closed the walk-in retail aspect of my business. We had that clubhouse open for forty-ei...
01/10/2020
- Umanov News - Vintage Guitars Since 1965 - Matt Umanov Guitars

It’s now been two years since I closed the walk-in retail aspect of my business. We had that clubhouse open for forty-eight years, and it was one heck of a lot of fun, every single day of it. We never knew who was going to walk in next...

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Since 1965, Matt Umanov Guitars has been buying, selling, and repairing vintage guitars. Hundreds of new and old guitars, basses, mandolins, lap steels, ukuleles, and more, in stock.

Here I am, fifty years later, still at it, still repairing and restoring quality fretted instruments. One of the hugely ...
01/06/2020
Reflections on Danny Armstrong - Umanov News - Vintage Guitars Since 1965 - Matt Umanov Guitars

Here I am, fifty years later, still at it, still repairing and restoring quality fretted instruments. One of the hugely influential persons I’ve been thinking about is Danny Armstrong, he of the Plexiglas electric guitar fame.

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Since 1965, Matt Umanov Guitars has been buying, selling, and repairing vintage guitars. Hundreds of new and old guitars, basses, mandolins, lap steels, ukuleles, and more, in stock.

Everything on my website is 10% off, now through January 19! This includes parts, instruments, T-shirts, the works. Just...
01/04/2020

Everything on my website is 10% off, now through January 19! This includes parts, instruments, T-shirts, the works. Just enter the special code MUSICLOVER at checkout.

https://umanovguitars.com/

Here's a real nice piece about Dan Armstrong's lucite guitars  by Tony Bacon with a shout-out to our own Matt Umanov!
10/21/2019
A Clear, Concise History of Dan Armstrong's See-Through Guitars

Here's a real nice piece about Dan Armstrong's lucite guitars by Tony Bacon with a shout-out to our own Matt Umanov!

Armstrong's short tenure with Ampeg resulted in a timeless design—a line of Lucite guitars and basses with iconic looks, custom pickups, and killer tone.

Address

273 Bleecker St
New York, NY
10014

In the city, you can access us easily by subway. We are located around the corner from the West 4th Street Station on the A/C/E/B/D/F/M lines... exit at the south side of the station, walk down a block to Bleecker, and turn right - we're between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. You can also take the 1 train to the Christopher Street Station on Seventh Avenue, walk down a block to Bleecker, and turn left. You'll find us right down the street at number 273.

General information

Store Hours are Monday through Friday from 12-5 by appointment only. Appointments scheduled by email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 00:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 00:00 - 19:00
Thursday 00:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(212) 675-2157

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just got back from NYC ... picking up the finest guitar I have ever owned ... the Stahl (1930) ... I bought it a year ago ... and about a month ago, the bridge began to lift ... so I took it to Matt Umanov on Bleeker St. ... he and his luthier, Yuri, went over it, and it needed more than just a bridge re-glue ... 3 back braces (reglued) frets dressed, top cracks sealed (it IS 90 years old), and the piece of maple below the bridge where the pins go through the top replaced ... Matt and Yuri are the ONLY folks I trust with this guitar ... we should be good for another 90 years now
I met you through a mutual friend (no idea; maybe van ronk or barry cornfield or steve katz). It was 1964 and I had just purchased a 1951 or 1952 Martin D-28 that had water damage and was warped around the bout and had a couple of small pieces missing out of the bout. You repaired it plus changed the bracing to resemble that of a pre-war D-28. You were just starting out and did an excellent job! I still have that guitar today and it sounds better than ever. Saw the post about your shop closing and just wanted to touch base. Steve Newhouse
Happy Birthday, Mattie! Will be up there Sept 14-16 with Dick Boak & Susan Ellis. Let's get into some trouble.
From David Chevan on passing of Stacy Phillips on 6/5/18 I have sad news. My friend Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience, died yesterday evening, Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30. He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time. He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew. Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician. If this news seems like a surprise or a blow, I agree. I have spent the past two days in a state of disbelief as the life of someone who was a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a genuine world class grump slipped away. I would say more about Stacy, but others have already said it better. There is a great obituary about Stacy in today’s New Haven Independent. This Sunday, June 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m. three different parts of Stacy Phillips’ complex musical life will come together as we give the first of several memorials. This one will be at Café 9 in New Haven. There was never anything typical about Stacy Phillips and it turns out that is going to be true about him even after life. You see, Stacy isn’t having a funeral. Why? Because he donated his body to Yale Medical School. So, no funeral, we will do some of what Stacy would have wanted and probably not wanted to memorialize him. Stacy had scheduled a performance of his ever-changing cast of players known as Stacy Phillips and his Bluegrass Characters for this Sunday at Café 9. The Bluegrass Characters and Café 9 have graciously offered their performance time and space to all as a place where we can honor Stacy’s memory and remember him as musicians so often do: through words and music. Doors will open at 12:00, noon. Café 9 is located at 250 State Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Since Stacy won’t be having a funeral, we are planning to begin the day at 1:00 p.m. with a short memorial service to comfort his family and other mourners. And then, from 1:30 we are celebrating his life and music If you are interested in sharing a personal story or a song at this memorial, please see the information near the end of this email. 1:00-1:30 memorial service and family reminisces about Stacy led by Cantor Malachi Kanfer 1:30 Nu Haven Kapelye 2:30 Afro-Semitic Experience 3:30 (Stacy Phillips and) his Bluegrass Characters 4:30-6:00 Open mic: people or groups who wish to share a musical piece in Stacy’s memory are invited to participate. If you wish to be guaranteed a slot please sign up in advance by getting in touch with David Chevan at [email protected]. Zikhrono l’vrakha May his memory be a blessing Best, David
Enjoy your retirement Matt Umanov.
I'm am so sad that Matt Umanov's is closing. I bought my Fender Music Master bass there. Here is a love letter to Matt Umanov's I made with my brother a couple of years ago. https://youtu.be/FiynsznNESY
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Matty, I treasured our friendship and business dealings for so many years. I hope you'll find time to have a java with me at some point in time...I took that little sign with me and I hope that is ok with you....Thank you for everything Matty for so many years--it did not go un-noticed....Jack p.s. I will dearly miss all the gang and the store, especially Zeke...
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Matt, I sincerely enjoyed working with you as a rep and also sharing a great meal with you when you introduced me to John’s Pizzeria. One day I hope that I have the pleasure of seeing you again and share some NYC pizza. 🍕 All the very best to you!
Best of luck to Matt and the warmest wishes for the next chapter in his life. His shop has been a beacon and a musical oasis for guitarists from all over, with the most knowledgeable staff, the best instruments both vintage and new, and the discerning taste of Matt everywhere to be seen. He, his staff and shop will be greatly missed.