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This is the best Music store in the world. Let me know what you think.


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I really wish I lived in Rochester, such I nice place to live.

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I've heard a lot of stories about that place, both good and bad. Wasn't this the place that some former employees had a lawsuit against the owner?

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Don't know, but its the best shop I have ever been to. Blows Manny's away in NYC.


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Went there about 9 years ago I think. It's literally an old house crammed with music gear, lol.

I didn't like how they had most of the guitars stuffed in wooden cabinets, they get kind of banged up easily that way imo.

To me it seemed more like a museum than a music store. I liked seeing the photo's on the walls of famous artists that rolled through there. I remember seeing quite a few metallica pics lol.

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Last and ONLY time I was there was when I worked for a guitar company in about 1986.. It was the coolest music store in the world back then!!! I have NO IDEA what's became of it, as they're one of the few that hasn't taken advantage of the internet. Is is still cool? Tell us what's great about it? Seriously :rock:

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Been there many times. It's a very cool place. Weekdays are the best time to go, weekends are too fucking crazy. The giant Marshall in the entrance is my favorite thing in the place.
http://www.houseofguitars.com/
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Been there many times. It's a very cool place. Weekdays are the best time to go, weekends are too fucking crazy. The giant Marshall in the entrance is my favorite thing in the place.
http://www.houseofguitars.com/
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Hey there, yep they've been "ON THE WEB" for a long time ,but just like Drome Sound , never took advantage of the web.. .Places like Dave's Guitars and Elderly INstruments etc (and even Lark Street) have had their inventories on the web since the 90's , WITH the 'asking prices' and with their inventories updated Daily . Some of us have ordered SO MUCH from places like that just because of that. . Then Elderly quit shipping amps and that was a bummer for us consumers.. ANyway HOG is cool for sure and 1 of the best I've been to ever. Others were the OLD Daddy's in the 70's when they used to have heaping piles of vintage and custom stuff, and the original Drome Sounds but HOG was better! . .

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Grew up two blocks from the HOG. Cool place, but yeah, gear gets pretty banged up the way things are left stored. And good luck finding a power cord if you are trying to test an amp!!! :lol: :LOL:


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I grew up very close to HOG as well. I always wondered what they are like now. Its been 17 years since I have been in the store and I didn't play guitar way back then but thought the way they kept guitars was stupid. I remember trying to find a cd from the bins ..... ha ha ...... I have never seen a more organized store in my life :lol: :LOL: ....


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I grew up very close to HOG as well. I always wondered what they are like now. Its been 17 years since I have been in the store and I didn't play guitar way back then but thought the way they kept guitars was stupid. I remember trying to find a cd from the bins ..... ha ha ...... I have never seen a more organized store in my life :lol: :LOL: ....



Curious as to where you grew up? I was a product of the West Irondequoit School System......


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I grew up very close to HOG as well. I always wondered what they are like now. Its been 17 years since I have been in the store and I didn't play guitar way back then but thought the way they kept guitars was stupid. I remember trying to find a cd from the bins ..... ha ha ...... I have never seen a more organized store in my life :lol: :LOL: ....



Curious as to where you grew up? I was a product of the West Irondequoit School System......


My grandparents lived in Irondequoit when they were alive so I spent a lot of time there that was before they got a mall. :confused: My parents were from Irondequoit and technically I lived on stonehenge rd off Empire blvd not far from Irondequoit bay park west, but don't remember that early on. I lived in Greece for as far back as I remember and went to the greece school system (Athena actually) until I moved out on my own then I moved to Park ave area of Rochester for about two years. Then if I have to remember the year of my life that I lived in Big Flats NY I was transfered there by my job before leaving the state. I didn't like Big Flats :no: . I didn't play guitar back then so I guess I looked at HOG as just a clustered mess. I need to stop at the HOG when I go back and visit.


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I grew up very close to HOG as well. I always wondered what they are like now. Its been 17 years since I have been in the store and I didn't play guitar way back then but thought the way they kept guitars was stupid. I remember trying to find a cd from the bins ..... ha ha ...... I have never seen a more organized store in my life :lol: :LOL: ....



My first trip there was nearly 23 yrs ago. My last trip was 2yrs ago. Hasn't changed much if any. I remember my first trip seeing all these killer Jacksons piled in showcases. The main floor was,is guitars and amps. The lower level is a music shop such as cd's and lp's, tshirts, posters all the cool shit. And then another level for drums and keys. And the coolest thing about the lower level is an entire wall dedicated to bands (signatures) passing through... old school... Mercyful Fate... Slayer, from back in the day. Metal still lives in Rochester and don't forget to check out . . . http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... =115356648


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They cleaned things up quite a bit. The T-shirts aren't piled on the floor anymore, CD's are in order. They brought a lot of vintage gear in from storage and have tons on the stage now. They have so much stuff stashed away in rooms it's not even funny.
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Isn't there a Yngwie story involving this place??

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Isn't there a Yngwie story involving this place??


I heard they ended up with some of Yngwie's amps, but I don't the story behind it. :confused: Maybe someone here can shed some light on it.


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I have traveling to Rochester for work over the past 10 yrs, but usually swamped when there. I will definitely try to check it out next time...after recovering from a fine dinner at Dinosaur BBQ :thumbsup: !


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Isn't there a Yngwie story involving this place??


I heard they ended up with some of Yngwie's amps, but I don't the story behind it. :confused: Maybe someone here can shed some light on it.



I think he bought a Marshall Major there and he might have traded in some of his stuff towards it. At one time they had about 4 Marshall Majors up on the stage. They had a Soldano modded Marshall that I think they told me came from Paul Gilbert. I'd like 10 minutes alone in that place!
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I was there years ago, the owners were great to deal with, awesome store. If you ever get the opportunity to check it out go, amazing selection of gear but you have to really look because there is so much stock. :thumbsup:


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Here are some pictures of the Joint. My friend went back to the car to get the camera. Enjoy.


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The giant Marshall is my fav! That thing really works. Jim Marshall gave it to them because they had a mint Marshall Major that he wanted and they gave it to him. I think it's one of four they made.
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Here are some pictures of the Joint. My friend went back to the car to get the camera. Enjoy.


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Your making me homesick!!! :(


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Here are some pictures of the Joint. My friend went back to the car to get the camera. Enjoy.


http://garyfaria.smugmug.com/gallery/72 ... 7653_FK7Cx


Your making me homesick!!! :(



Sorry Bro, but I figure everyone should at least be able to see what us that have been there have experienced. Video will be up in a few days. I didn't realize that the Marshall Monster Stack was real.


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Oh man just thinking of Yngwie demoing a MAjor in there gives me wood.....................................


That place freaking rules!

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Here are some pictures of the Joint. My friend went back to the car to get the camera. Enjoy.


http://garyfaria.smugmug.com/gallery/72 ... 7653_FK7Cx


Your making me homesick!!! :(



Sorry Bro, but I figure everyone should at least be able to see what us that have been there have experienced. Video will be up in a few days. I didn't realize that the Marshall Monster Stack was real.


It's a cool place. I'll visit it again over the fourth of July this year, if all goes as planned! :)


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Grew up two blocks from the HOG. Cool place, but yeah, gear gets pretty banged up the way things are left stored. And good luck finding a power cord if you are trying to test an amp!!! :lol: :LOL:

Then I'm sure you have eaten at Taci's.


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Grew up two blocks from the HOG. Cool place, but yeah, gear gets pretty banged up the way things are left stored. And good luck finding a power cord if you are trying to test an amp!!! :lol: :LOL:

Then I'm sure you have eaten at Taci's.



Taci's is long gone. They moved to the plaza by Ridge Billiards and they got bought out

I live a few blocks from all this stuff

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HOG is kinda my home away from home. I used to be in a band with one of the big guys there, so i'll just go to shoot the shit or try shit out.

I love that their stuff has issues. You can easily get cost +10% on anything there as long as you ask, and pay even less if it has a ding. If you don't ask for a discount, you won't get one.

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Has anyone else been to the basement of the HOG?

There are literally many hundreds of box's and cases full of shit that they have no idea whats in there.

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They usually have a nice selection of gibson custom shop les pauls, i see alot of people on the les pauls forums buying from them.

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They usually have a nice selection of gibson custom shop les pauls, i see alot of people on the les pauls forums buying from them.


They are one of the top 2 or 3 sellers of Gibson's. They get tons of rare and unique Gibson's. The collectors thrive off the HOG

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Has anyone else been to the basement of the HOG?

There are literally many hundreds of box's and cases full of shit that they have no idea whats in there.


I haven't been but now I really want to! I'll probably hit HOG up when we play out there next month, I try to stop whenever I'm in the area.

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I’ve been down there in the basement, pretty amazing!

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I’ve been down there in the basement, pretty amazing!


Found my Custom Shop Gilmour Relic Strat down there. Curt hooked me up on that

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Same here, found some killer ‘58 reissue Les Pauls

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I haven't been there in many years, probably last time about 23 years ago. Expensive guitars were stacked in racks like bookcases, and most of them had dings and scratches all over them. They had a ton of really cool stuff though. The basement was a total mess with t-shirts and CDs just thrown in piles with no order whatsoever. Hopefully they've cleaned it up a bit since then. I think I need to make a trip out there soon.


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I haven't been there in many years, probably last time about 23 years ago. Expensive guitars were stacked in racks like bookcases, and most of them had dings and scratches all over them. They had a ton of really cool stuff though. The basement was a total mess with t-shirts and CDs just thrown in piles with no order whatsoever. Hopefully they've cleaned it up a bit since then. I think I need to make a trip out there soon.



That's not the basement I'm referring to, but they have cleaned it up. problem is, they have so much shit downstairs that it still looks messy

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Growing up as a kid, when most of my friends wanted to have pizza parties or go to the movies for their birthday, I always wanted to make a road trip to House of Guitars. I grew up near Oneonta, NY so it was about a 3 hour drive one way, but my mom was always super supportive of my obsession for guitars and would always bring me up there once a year. I vividly remember being 12 years old and having one of the sales guys be super cool to me, and spent a LOT of time letting me try stuff out and answered a million questions. I wish I remembered the guy's name.

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