Rothman's Guitars/Dept. Store, Inc.

Rothman's Guitars

and Rothman's Gallery

This page was last updated Apr. 13,2014

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  • *****NOW AVAILABLE! "Harmony, the People's Guitar"*****

  • The 2nd edition of the Harmony guitar book is now here.
    Read all about the guitars we love in the 2nd printing of the book the chronicles the history and the guitars produced by this USA guitar maker.
  • Special internet offering still only $ 20 + $ 4.50 domestic mail. Call for info


    Email: or Call
  • Buy it Now through paypal.

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    Visit My Unofficial Harmony Guitar Page.

    I have compiled information on Harmony guitars. And if you wish to add information and would like to can contact me and let me know any information about their Harmony made instrument, I am always interested in hearing instruments from this prolific American Guitar Maker. I am currently looking for unusual and interesting Harmony guitars. Electrics and Jazz boxes are my primary interests.

    You can still visit our Other guitar site with more photos.....Click here to see

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    The Real story about Einstein's Sandals!


    "My GrandFather and Albert Einstein," by Ron Rothman


    CHECK OUT MY BOOK! "My GrandFather and Albert Einstein," by Ron Rothman and Joan Brill. along with essays by Chuck Rothman, and Gary Goldstein. Now you can read about the stories that have become legend on Eastern Long Island. This book is about the unique relationship between Albert Einstein and my Grandfather David Rothman. Anecdotes and diary footnotes that give insight about the man who befriended Einstein during the summer of 1939. Book will be signed by Ron Rothman and shipped from Rothman's Dept. Store where Einstein spent time that summer, which he said was one of the best of his life and owed it to David Rothman's initiative. Stories are interesting, and Joan Rothman Brill does a wonderfull job of conveying the essence of this unique relationship.
    Call to Order your copy today!! SPECIAL First Edition printing $$SORRY SOLD OUT
  • Second printing coming later 2014!

  • ·  ·  We are an 95+ year-old General Store involved in buying and selling Vintage guitars, banjos and other instruments. Probably one of the most unique Department stores you'll ever experience. A local fixture in downtown Southold, NY with a lot of history.


  • Photo credit: Richard Corovessis

    Division of Rothman's Department Store, Inc.

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  • 54180 Main Road, PO Box 878
  • Southold, NY 11971
  • 631-765-3770..... Fax 631-765-2642

    Email: or Call

  • Established 1918

  • Come Visit our

    Art Gallery!!

  • We have moved into a larger, better gallery space.
    ************Wickham and Stacy, ART in SOUTHOLD"*****Still Hanging in the Gallery thru end of the month!
    ART in Southold will be showing paintings Stacy Brandfon and Wickham Hunter, along with photo prints by Ron Rothman. We will also be hosting a Spring Concert Series

    This ART in Southold Concert series that will run through April and will feature local an regional performers.

  • 3/1 Park Ave. Gypsies, Southold Slim's Birthday Bash.
  • 3/22 Job Potter, NF debut of his new CD
  • 3/29 Crazy Helen Blues Band
  • 4/12 Fred Raimando, story tellers.
  • 4/19 Gene Casey from the Lone Sharks
  • 4/26 Jay Pilzer, Guild guy and Nashville song writer.
    Schedual ticket prices subject to change.

    See how Rothman's is becoming an important local fixture and gathering place-a unique combination of hardware store, guitar shop, gallery and performance space and was voted the #1 music venue on the North fork by a 2012 North Fork Patch pole.
    Stay tuned for other events coming up in 2013. ************


    Call 631-765-3770 for details

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  • You can check out some of my music and for info on upcoming music events at: Reverbnation
    or check out my original music site



  • Links to Chuck's Stories about two of our visitors
  • Albert Einstein...famous Scientist
  • Benjamin Britten ...famous Composer

    I have been publishing a guitar news letter for the last 18 years and it is finally available on line.

    Click here to Visit My Current newsletter web page and read it on line. Now updated with favorite reprints of Past articles..

  • "The Real Einstein Sandal Story"
  • "Fifty Years of Art on Main Street"
  • "Drive By Gallery"
  • "For Sale, Entire Contents of Store.
  • "Pollack or NOt"


  • Guitar shows coming up!!
  • We attend the Bee-3 Vintage, Great American Guitar Shows.
    held in Oaks, PA,
    to be held June 21-22, 2014. We also attend the Orlando Guitar Expo and made our first trip to the Nashville Guitar show in March that was held in Franklin, TN.
    We also will try to attend "GuitArlington" Guitar show Oct. 2014.

  • Things I'm interested in are pre 1970 Martin and f guitars, especially O, OO, and 5 size. Specifically looking for Guild M-65, M-75s and Aristocrats. I'm also interested in Ukes, Taropatches and Tipples. I especially looking for any Harmony Caribbean or Holiday Colorama Guitars from the 1950's.

    Thanks for visiting my page, come back often!......

    A little bit about our History

    For those of you who might be new to us, here's some history. My grandfather David Rothman, who started Rothman's Department Store, founded us in 1918. Though our 95+ years we have become a fixture in downtown Southold. An old time General Store catering to the local and tourist trade of the North Fork, we still strive to remain one of the last remaining "General Stores" on Long Island.

    We probably are one of the most unique Music stores you will ever see. People like Albert Einstein and Benjamin Britten graced our halls, satisfying their musical needs. Einstein would play in Musical Quartets, organized by my grandfather, in the same building where we are today.

    Here is a youtube video of a picnic with Benjamin Brittan and the Rothman Family.

    Guitars came into place with a small corner dedicated to several Harmony type guitars, strings and accessories. It was during the mid 60's that I took an interest in getting my own Guitar business going. Keeping an eye on the accessories and still getting those Harmony guitars, it never appeared to amount to any more than a sideline. I did expand in the late 70's and 80's getting some Yamaha and Applause guitars. It was several years ago things really took off. While picking up several used instruments I realized the interest in these "used guitars" and the vintage guitar market. As that part of my business grew, the need for some new guitars came about. That's where the CF Martin Guitar Company and other name brand guitar makers, came in.
    Now being an Authorized Martin guitar dealer for over 20 years, and searching out top quality instruments, we have become Eastern Long Island most complete Vintage guitar store.

    I have been involved in the Music Scene for the last 30 years, playing with several different bands. Whether it is Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Jazz or blues, I seem to be in touch with what music is happening. Whether it's playing currently with Southold Slim and The Park Avenue Gypsies, Crazy Helen and Blues Collar Band, "The Jody Leah Jazz Quartet," "King Scallop and the Oysterettes, "or sponsoring Jams in the local Clubs, I try to follow the music of the East End. We have in the past held open Mics at the store on Satuday afternoons. Getting a nice turn out and have some fun jams going on. Stop in and see what it's all about. I've been active in the music activities during the first Greenport First Night along with several concerts sponsored by The Arts in Southold Town. I have been appearing at both the Cedar Beach Blues Festival in Mount Siani, NY Blues Festival on Long Island and The Riverhead Blues Festival We also appeared at Blues 2000(+5) at the Nevele in the Catskills with the Crazy Helen band. These appearances will be with a few of the different bands listed on this page..

    Links to Bands

    These are a couple of Links to some of the bands I have appeared with. Check them out and look for us at venues around Long Island.

  • Southold Slim and the Park Ave. Gypsies
  • Crazy Helen and Blues Collar Band
  • King Scallop and the Oysterettes
  • The Park Avenue Blues Band
  • I also have published a Guitar Newsletter and send it all over the country. If interested in receiving it, Email me an Address and you will be included in my next mailing.
    It includes my stocklist and other information, which might be of interest.

    Here is a current listing of instruments.

    Prices and stock subject to change and may reflect a 3% cash discount.

    Call toll free 1-888-ROTHMAN for details.

    JUST IN current inventory

  • ·1905 Gibson L-1, round hole, acoustic archtop guitar.Refinished, a couple of repiars, but plays great....$1175
  • ·1972 Martin 00-18, that has had a neck reset, refret, replaced pickgaurd, a few other repairs, , plays fine, looks fine and is a solid player with Ohsc......$1975
  • ·1958 Gibson LG-1 that has some back cracks and brace repairs. Bridge reglued but is a sweet vintage Gibson ready to play with ossc......$1075
  • ·1920's Weyman 6 string banjo. good original condition w/gb......$1375
  • ·1963 Guild CA-100 Acoustic Archtop with added pickup. Little alteration to this original solid top archtop, Excellent conditin with Ohsc......$2575
  • ·1971 Harmony H82 Rebel. In respectable good condition with little abuse or wear, w/0ssc.....$ hold
  • ·1980's Aria 355 style in very good condition, w/hsc.....$ 575
  • ·1982 G&L F-100 series II, Natural color solid body Electric guitar. Plays fine, no issues in one of the cooler G&Ls. w/ohsc.....$ 1175
  • ·Used Dobro Duolian, Hula blues.acoustic resonator guitar. Wood body, excellent condition w/ohsc....$ 1175
  • ·1961/62 Gibson J-45 that has had many repairs, but is solid player. This Slope shouldered guitar has a replaced fingerboard that makes it look like a SJ and has a rich, aged Gibson sound and is ready for making music. There is a repaired crack lower bout,replaced tuners,replaced pickgaurd, sunburst refinish, refret. This guitar is being offered at this discount price for a player to be able to own one of of these slope shouldered Gibsons at an affordable price......$old
  • ·c.2003 Gretsch Country Classic I G-6122 With Bigsby Made in Japan, that is in excellent condition with very little wear and no age or abuse. Reissue, Made in Japan, nice quality. TV Jones pickups, Why buy a vintage Gretsch when these are better made guitars.... w/ohsc....$ 1850
  • ·Used Gibson SG Electric guitar good condition, refinished, changed pots, one replaced pickup shows wear, age but no abuse. Hey it plays well, sounds great and is a USA Gibson w/gb....$ 599
  • · 1935 Martin C-1 Archtop, Loads of pick wear under the pickgaurd. (probably a replaced Martin Pickgaurd) Otherwise this guitar shows normal age and use. No other excessive abuse. Plays fine and is a very good example of one of these Martin Archtop guitars. w/ssc------------$ 2399
  • ·1960 Gibson ES-330, very good condition w/single P-90 Pickup..w/hsc....$ 3999
  • ·1956 Gibson ES-225D, very good, original condition w/two P-90 Pickups..w/hsc....$ 4275
  • ·c. 1967 Harmony 3 pickup Rocket. This is a classic Harmony Rocket guitar. Made in USA, this original Rocket has all the knobs and switches you could ask for, and this is nice one. w/hsc....$1275

  • Martin Guitars

    • All New Martin Guitars are listed at 2014 MAP prices (Except)* and due to change... Call for specials.

    • Don't Hesitate to call 1-888-ROTHMAN for in store Phone order Special pricing on New Martin or Taylor guitars. Many others in stock. Call for specials.

    • New Martin CS-00S-14 limited edition, Hondoran rosewood, Alpine spruce top 12 fret, slotted headstock, Fishman Aura f1 pickup, a stunning guitar (coming this summer)..... *List $ 8999
    • New Martin OMM John Renbourn Custom Artist Series, # 57 in a limited edition, now in stock..... $ 4399
    • New Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton w/hsc... now in stock..... $ 3499
    • New Martin 00DB Jeff Tweedy, sustainable wood.... now in stock w/hsc..... $ 2399
    • New Martin OMCPA-1 Performing Artist Series w/HSC......... $2999
    • New Martin OMCPA-4 Performing Artist Series w/HSC......... $1249
    • New Martin OMC-16OGT w/fishman pickup system w/HSC......... $1249
    • New Martin 00-15M Smaller body, Affordable Martin Quality w/HSC......... $1199
    • New Martin 000-X1 Solid top, pickup, the most affordable Martin ever!!, now in stock.....$549
    • · 1935 Martin C-1 Archtop, Loads of pick wear under the pickgaurd. (probably a replaced Martin Pickgaurd) Otherwise this guitar shows normal age and use. No other excessive abuse. Plays fine and is a very good example of one of these Martin Archtop guitars. w/ssc------------$ 2399
    • 1979 Martin M-38 0000-size guitar in Good condition, plays fine, has a rich aged Martin sound ...w/ohsc.....$ 2500
    • 1972 Martin 00-18 in Good condition, has had a neck reset, a few repaired cracks, replaced pickgaurd, plays fine, has a rich aged Martin sound ...w/ohsc.....$ 1975
    • 2000 Martin 0-18 Custom shop Pre-war 14 fret appointments. Sunburst, etc. Now available and it's a beaut!!........... Email for quote
    • 1974 Martin D-18D R & D w/Frap Pickup, In very good condition, $ call
    • 1979 Martin OM-45..... Call!

    • New Martin Backpacker, with padded gig bag......$ 259.

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    Acoustic Guitars

    Other Acoustics

  • New Taylor W12ce Limited edition....... w/HSC......... $ 3499
  • New Taylor 812 rosewood, grand concert ...... w/HSC......... $ 2549
  • New Taylor 612ce maple, grand concert w/Expressions...... w/HSC......... $ 2799
  • New Taylor 716ce grand symphony...... w/HSC......... $ 2649
  • New Taylor 522fe First edition, mahogany...... w/HSC......... $ 1999
  • New Taylor 312ce Limited edition....... w/HSC......... $ 1699
  • New Taylor GA-4 Acoustic....... w/HSC......... $ 1449
  • · 1960's Kay Acoustic small size size, note stencil on the top, in very good condition......$ 229


  • · 1974 Guild D-40 acoustic in overall good condition. w/ hsc......$1599
  • · New Recording King "Dirty 30", vintage looking L-00....$ 219
  • · 1970's Yamaha FG-260 12 string guitar, MIJ, plays OK, w/ssc......$ 179
  • · New Johnson Acoustic 000 size......$ 149
  • · New Johnson J0-06 with solid spuce top w/gig bag....$339
  • · Call about our selection of student guitars.
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    Resonator Guitars and lap Steels

  • New Republic Tricone, steel bodied resonator. These Chinese made guitars look authentic and sounds great. w/featherlight case.... .......$699
  • New Republic Duolian, wood bodied resonator. Looks authentic and sounds great. w/featherlight case.... .......$499
  • 1930's? Oahu square neck Hawaian guitar, very cool....$ 395
  • 1940's Guild ?? lap steel no association with the guitar company w/ssc...$ 495
  • OTHER Electrics

  • Loads of Johnson, Harmony, and other beginner Quality Instruments
  • New AXL LP jr. w/ 1 p-90 Electric...........$ 239

  • Call

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    Archtops (Acoustic and Electric)

    GUILD & Gretsch & Epiphone

  • 1968 Guild A-500 Acoustic Archtop w/factory DeArmond Pickup Sunburst in good condition. w/hsc.......$Hold

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