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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Hotshot, Jul 14, 2016.
I'm on their mailing list but I've always wanted to walk into that store and spend a few hours.
I think L is elevated
I've seen pictures of the one in Wuppertal, Germany where the elephant fell out of the car.
Been there. It's strange.
I'm going to check out a rock n Roll Vintage next time I'm there.
Not to split hairs but "L" stands for Elevated, this is despite the fact its occasionally below ground or at street level.
To clarify an earlier post U of C is in Hyde Park on the south side, and while Hyde Park is nice, the trip up north (while miles safer than a decade ago...at least this stretch) still passes through some rough areas. Once you get North of Cermak youre in the clear. cme is in a very nice part of town and you could make a day of exploring the the whole neighborhood. I lived on the northside for most of the twenty-aughts and miss it and taking the L dearly since repatriating back to the suburbs.
Another great music store is Avenue N guitars in Wicker Park, which is owned by a former cme employee. Its a smaller shop but they always have an unbelievable inventory of vintage guitars, including the owners '55 Duo Jet in a glass display case and clearly marked "not for sale"!
Last time I was there was in 91-92 and they were located in the city in a warehouse with a big steel door they had to buzz you into. It was in kind of a weird area not to far from one of the roughest areas in Chicago on the edge of yuppie town.
I've ridden on them and the New York subway but I don't usually tell people to ride them
I think that was their first spot in the city on Fulton and Western, it was an industrial area and still very much a sketchy neighborhood at that time. It must have been a few years later though because they were still in Homewood until at least '93-94
We are blessed with great stores here in Chicago for sure. Avenue N had some great D'Angelicas when i was last in there. Even our Guitar Center on Halsted is good, and theres a great little vintage store my son and I frequent called 312 Vintage Guitars on 35th ( no affiliation, we are just fans) Always has unusual stuff in a big jumble. They are worth following on facebook since they are small enough to be able to post regularly when they get cool stuff in.
My Les Paul came from the store I'm thinking of in 92, shawn was the manager at the time and it was off Haulstead st. I can't remember which street it was. I think they may have had two stores at the time. If I get a chance I may still have my receipt from then it will have the date and address on it.
My aunts still call them the elevator trains when you talk to them. I haven't thought about that in a while. Brings back memories
Photos are amazing , thanks for sharing
I was just there a few weeks ago. ( I was born & raised in Chicago, now I live 60 miles West). This is a great guitar shop. Maybe the best in Chicago. (In terms of quality selection).
I want to walk into that store and spend a few thousand.
When I'm in Chicago I always take a trip to Lansing, MI to go to Elderly Instruments, and am never disappointed.
I wish I knew more about the area to make a day of it.
If i lived anywhere near that place i'd be broke........wait a minute,i'm already broke dagnabbit!
This is the problem.... I had a $5000 tweed, and the cheapest thing I played was the Penguin at a slumming it price of 3300.. I figure, you give my 20K, and oh....a day in there...I can work with it..
Funniest comment to I heard was, a guy on a FB Gretsch group said they made his wife check her bag at the door. This other guy pipes up and says, " if I went to this place I'd check my wife at the door." Lol...