House of Guitars, Inc. is a store selling guitars, percussion and other music-related items in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, New York. Billed as the "Largest Guitar Store in the World," it has a prodigious collection of new, used and vintage guitars, amplifiers and other musical instruments, a large collection of music recordings on vinyl records, cassette tapes and compact discs, music videos, T-shirts and other rock memorabilia. The store’s slogan is “For the Rising Young Stars from Earth.”
"...'30 years of Cool' have taken a toll on the three-story stone building that once was the Irondequoit Grange Hall. The floors creak loudly under trampled carpeting, and so many bands have signed the walls that the messages are nearly illegible."
The House of Guitars continues to be owned and operated by the Schaubroeck brothers at the present.
The store is divided into two distinct sections: the front part, facing Titus Avenue, houses all varieties of Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Bass guitars as well as drums, keyboards and amplifiers. The rear section, accessible from a back door near Grange St. or from the front through a short maze of corridors, houses the music collection. At first sight, the music store appears as more of a rummage sale, with nearly everything arranged in a state of disarray, however, simply asking an employee for help is an option. In addition to music on CD, cassette and vinyl records, the store also sells videos, T-shirts, magazines, posters, music books and thousands of other rock memorabilia items.
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