Who knew that we had a Guitar King right here in East Greenwich? Well, we do – right on Main Street. Brad King, a Wickford native buys, sells and trades guitars, amps, effects (such as Bogner Pedals), accessories (such as pickups), and of course pre-owned and vintage equipment (guitars and amps).
Brad does the significant portion of his business on-line, but his storefront is a comfortable, slow-paced environment where not only can you browse his current inventory (it changes all the time), but you can talk music and the music industry.
One conversation with Brad and you’ll know right away what makes King Guitar unique. An article written by James Merolla and published last year in Southern RI Newspapers provides an in-depth discussion of Brads musical history; but I want to talk about his store.
Walk in the front, and one of the first things you see is a comfortable couch – just right for sitting down and playing. This isn’t one of your big box music stores with “full kits” starting at $99. No sir. Brad knows his guitars and music equipment.
Imagine if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked the best musicians from all over the country to donate one of their favorite guitars or amps and then placed the collection in a time-capsule – and Brad opened it. That’s sort of what it’s like when you walk through the doors.
If you’re looking for a true, original sound, I know that he recently sold a 1967 Marshall Plexi 100 Super Tremolo head. He has other amps just like it. I know that Brad could match you up with the right cabinet to go with whatever you found.
However, as for me, it’ all about the guitars. Electric or acoustic, if you can’t find something here that will knock your socks off, then you don’t know what you’re looking for. Personally, I have my eye on a couple guitars. There’s a 1957 Gibson Custom Les Paul, 2 pickups, VOS with the original case that caught my eye. That baby pre-dates groovy, but lands squarely in the middle of cool.
I don’t know if it’s still there, but the other one I’m interested in is the 1990 Gretsch Silver Jet model 6129 in Silver Sparkle. I’ve always been fond of Gretsch; ever since, as a boy, I saw George Harrison play a Gretch Country Gentleman on the Ed Sullivan show.
Now, I can’t promise that Brad can find you George’s original guitar, but he’ll find you something that I know you’ll love. (If you want to grab the 1990 Gretsch Silver Jet, go ahead – don’t wait on me.)
If you’re looking for advice, knowledge and the best of the best, stop in at King Guitar and talk to Brad. Be prepared to stay awhile – there’s no rush.