Kelly Guitars

Art & Culture

Handmade Guitars made from Historical Wood.

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About Kelly Guitars

 & why it made the Carpe City list

  • Carmine Street Guitars, at 42 Carmine, is home to Kelly’s Guitars.  
  • Rick Kelly is a legend in the business of custom-made guitars.  Some call him the “Stradivarius of guitar making.”  His Guitars are all handmade in the back of the shop.
  • Kelly created a line of guitars called Bowery Pine made of wood from old New York City buildings.  
    • He has created guitars for famous musicians, including The Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed. One of Reed’s guitars was made of wood from the Chelsea Hotel.   
  • The store is not always open on weekends, but if it is, and you are a guitar fan, stop in, say hello to Mr. Kelly, and maybe order up a new ax and add some true rock-n-roll to your soul.  
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