Rothman's Guitars/Dept. Store, Inc.

Rothman's Guitars

and Rothman's Gallery

This page was last updated Dec 1,2015

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Check out what's happening at ART in Southold!


  • *****Very few copies STILL AVAILABLE! "Harmony, the People's Guitar"*****

  • Limited number of 2nd edition copies of the Harmony guitar book are still available.
    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
  • 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 other 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 2nd printing of First Edition.

    Email: or Call
  • Buy it Now through paypal.

  • ·  ·  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.
    *******Like our Facebook page to see who is
    Hanging in the Gallery! Rothman's Guitars
    Make sure you check out what might be going on in the Gallery, who's hanging and who's playing.

    For most up to date event annoucements check out our Twitter feed..@rothguitarsgallery.

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    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 2016. ************


    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 usually attend the Bee-3 Vintage, Great American Guitar Shows.
    held in Oaks, PA,
    to be held July 9-10 2016.
    We do plan to attend the Orlando Guitar Expo in January and be back to the Nashville Guitar show that is held in Franklin, TN. in March 2016
    We also will be attending "GuitArlington" Guitar show Oct. 2015.

  • That

    Looking for hi resolution photos of Harmony guitar for possible inclusion in the next edition of my "Harmony, The People's Guitar" book that will be out next summer. Especially Holiday Colorama Guitars from the 1950's, basses and other unusual instruments made by Harmony, USA.

    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
  • 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

  • ·1980 Martin D-25K koa custom guitar, OVerall very good conditionÉ.original hard case...$ 2675
  • ·1967 Martin D-28 Re-topped otherwise in overall good condition. Brazillian rosewood sides. non-original hard case...$ 3675
  • ·1972 Martin D20-12 Twelve string guitar. Low comfortable action in a guitar that has an aged tone, with Ohsc......$1650
  • ·1931 Gibson L-00 small acoustic guitar. A number of repairs covered up by a black fair refinish. Shows age and wear, BUT this light weight, resonant guitar has a huge sound that is great. Plays fine,is a solid player and priced accordingly. with sscÉÉ$2585
  • ·1972 Martin 00-18, that has had a neck reset, refret, replaced pickgaurd, a few other repairs, , plays fine, looks fine and is a solid player with Ohsc......$old
  • ·1996 Guild Blues 90 Electric guitar. Maple top, mahogany body, two P-90 pickups. Sounds great. No issues. w/OHSrefret, replaced pickgaurd, a few other repairs,......$Hold
  • ·1961 Gibson J-50 Acoustic dreadnaught. Plays great, has an aged Gibson sound. No problems or issues w/hscÉÉ$3250
  • ·1958 Gibson LG-1 small body acoustic guitar. Ladder braced Missing pickguard, plays fine, in good contain. w/ssc.....$1350
  • ·1972 Martin 00-18, that has had a neck reset, refret, replaced pickgaurd, a few other repairs, , plays fine, looks fine and is a solid player with Ohsc......$old
  • ·1973 Guild F-40 Maple Acoustic guitar. Small jumbo, plays well, replaced bridge, looks good, include gig bag...É.$1175
  • ·1973 Guild Starfire IV, semi hollow, natural color, changed knobs, missing pickguard. Shows some age and wear, but not too bad. w/ohsc...É$old
  • ·2013 Gretsch 6118 Double Anniversary Electric Guitar. Two tone Green in very good condition with OHSCÉÉ.$ 1789
  • ·G & L S-500 Solid Body Electric guitar. Shows age and wear. Missing back plate and tremolo arm, but plays easily in over all good working condition w/gbÉ$ 975
  • ·2015 Goldtone M-800 Octave Mandolin. A larger size mandolin in new condition with pickup. Includes OHSCÉ..$ 689
  • ·1920's Bacon open back plectrum banjo..w/beat up ssc....$ 489

  • Martin Guitars

    • All New Martin Guitars are listed at July 9, 2015 MAP prices and due to change... Call for specials.

    • Don't Hesitate to call 1-888-ROTHMAN for in store availability or Phone order Special pricing on New, used or vintage guitar. 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 (NOW IN STOCK!)..... $7199
    • New Martin CEO-8, Jumbo acoustic guitar. limited edition (kinda like a J-200) coming this summer!.....$5449
    • New Martin D-35 Seth Avett, Custom Artist, now in stock.....$3299
    • New Martin HD-28 standard series, classic Martin Acoustic guitar.....$2949
    • New Martin 00DB Jeff Tweedy, sustainable wood.... now in stock w/hsc..... $ 2499
    • New Martin OMCPA-1 Performing Artist Series w/HSC......... $3099
    • New Martin CEO-6, slope shouldered dreadnaught, Rosewood s&b, Fishman pickup w/HSC......... $old
    • New Martin CEO-7, L-00 in size w/HSC......... $2399
    • New Martin 000-18 Retro, with Fishman pickup, w/HSC......... $2699
    • New Martin OMC-16OGT w/fishman pickup system w/HSC......... $1899
    • New Martin OMCPA-4 Rosewood Performing Artist Series w/HSC......... $1649
    • New Martin 00-15M Smaller body, Affordable Martin Quality w/HSC......... $1299
    • New Martin 000-X1 Solid top, pickup, the most affordable Martin ever!!, now in stock.....$569
    • New Martin 000CXE HPL, matt black finish, w/ Fishmanpickup, affordable Martin Acoustic Electric!!, now in stock.....$799
    • 1972 Martin 00-18 in Good condition, has had a neck reset, a few repaired cracks, replaced pickgaurd, plays fine, has a rich aged Martin sound ...w/ohsc.....$ 1975
    • 2000 Martin 0-18 Custom shop Pre-war 14 fret appointments. Sunburst, etc. Now available and it's a beaut!!........... Sold
    • 1974 Martin D-18D R & D w/Frap Pickup, In very good condition, $ 2299
    • 1936 Paramount Style "L" acoustic guitar. Rare example of the 6 string version of this guitar that was made for Lange by CF Martin....$ call
    • 1979 Martin OM-45..... Call!

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

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    Acoustic Guitars

    Other Acoustics

  • New Taylor 812 rosewood, grand concert ...... w/HSC......... $ 2549
  • New Taylor 522fe First edition, mahogany...... w/HSC......... $ 1999
  • · 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......$1599
  • · New Recording King RPH-05 "Dirty 30", vintage looking L-00....$ 239
  • · 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 Duolian, steel bodied resonator. These Chinese made guitars look authentic and sounds great. w/featherlight case.... .......$699
  • New Republic Duolian, wood bodied resonator. Looks authentic and sounds great. w/featherlight case.... .......$old
  • 1930's? Oahu square neck Hawaian guitar, very cool....$ 295
  • 1940's Guild ?? lap steel no association with the guitar company w/ssc...$ 495
  • OTHER Electrics

  • New AXL LP jr. w/ 1 p-90 Electric...........$ 239
  • Used Aria Pro II, nice solid body guitar in good condition, w/ossc...........$old
  • Loads of Johnson, Harmony, and other beginner Quality Instruments

  • Call

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    Archtops (Acoustic and Electric)

    GUILD & Gretsch & Epiphone

  • 1968 Guild A-500 Acoustic Archtop w/factory DeArmond Pickup Sunburst changed tailpiece but otherwise in good condition. w/hsc.......$3399
  • Used Gretsch Electromatic G5122..DC, Bigsby, Black color,Korean made guitar. Plays fine w/hsc.......$775

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