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Maurice Dupont, Busato, Patenotte, and a
A good tour of Paris music shops would not Oldies Guitars is chock full of known and unknown
gorgeous-sounding '50s D-hole by Antoine end in Pigalle, however. Travel up to the Gare instruments that will be a marvel to visitors.
Di Mauro.
Saint-Lazare in the 20th arrondissement to Rue
And Oldies Guitars isn't even listed in your de Rome. This busy street is the nexus not of way full of artists' shops. You might skip the
Fodor's travel guide.
French rockers, but of classical musicians: there Louvre, but it'd be a shame to miss François
Stretching away down the street are too many are numerous violin makers workshops here, Charle's guitar shop and lutherie (17, Galerie
other shops to name. The windows of Guitare sellers of brass and woodwind instruments, and Véro-Dodat). Labeling this just a "guitar store"
Collection (2, Rue de Douai) are highlighted by piano showrooms. In their midst are several is akin to calling Paris just a "city."
a full-size mannequin dressed like a French El- guitar makers.
The gallery itself is to thank, in part. This
vis in a white leather Vegas suit. But there's also
Rome Instruments (54, Rue de Rome) is the passage dates from 1823, and is one of the
two blond bombshells - a '57 Esquire leaning workshop of luthier Pierre Fontaine, maker of only Parisian galeries surviving in original
against a '63 piggyback
period condition. A
Bassman in blond tof loor of black-andlex. In addition, there's
white checkerboard
a '59 Gibson BR-9
tiles leads up to darkamp and '75 Strat, and
wood storefronts of
a wonderfully worn
ornate designs and
Mustang Bass.
opulent style.
California Guitars
Charle's shop is muhas several shops down
seum-like in its beauty.
the street, including its
The walls, rafters, winGaucher store (4, Rue
dows, and mezzanine
de Douai) devoted only
are hung with harp
to left-hand guitars.
guitars, violins, banMajor Pigalle has two
jos, Hawaiian guitars,
stores as well, includand more. There's a reing its shop at 5, Rue
pair room in the back,
Duperre that offers just
ripe with a fug of exotic
flamenco and classic
animal glues of secret
guitars.
formulae for keeping
But the street's not
(LEFT) rançois Charle with a Gypsy-jazz guitar in front of his shop near the Louvre.
these old instruments
(RIGHT) A store devoted just to cables? The Cablerie is a techie paradise.
just about guitars.
together.
Strolling happily down
For decades, Charthe sidewalk one finds a half-dozen shops de- solid Gypsy jazz guitars plus acoustic guitars. le's shop has been a destination for guitarists
voted to basses, one home-studio shop, Master
Jacques Castelluccia has his luthier shop at from Marcel Dadi to R. Crumb to David
Wave (14, Rue Victor Massé) devoted to vintage 3, Rue de Constantinople. Started by his father Grisman. He stocks an incredible selection
synths, Le Microphone packed with vintage and before him, Castelluccia guitars has for four of historic American acoustics. But he's also
new mics including a window full of vintage generations been well known among both known around the globe as the foremost expert
Shures. From the street, you can hear and Gypsy jazz, flamenco, and classical guitars. The on Selmer-Maccaferri guitars. In fact, he wrote
practically see the whole of Bass Center (22-24, shop oozes the smell of wood and mysterious the book on the subject.
Rue Victor Massé) vibrating with a righteous glues.
Charle's shop is without doubt the most
bottom-end. La Baguetterie (36-38, Rue Victor
Still, the best awaits. Hidden away in the beautiful guitar store in Paris - which probably
Massé) is all drums, from digital pads to ancient backstreets near the Louvre is the historic makes it the most beautiful guitar store in the
Morroccan goatskin hand drums.
Galerie Véro-Dodat, an elegant covered walk- world. - Michael Dregni

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