FEATURED SHOP OF THE MONTH
Division Street Guitars in Peekskill, NY was opened by Paul DeCourcey in the summer of 2014. After over a decade as a luthier living and working in Brooklyn, he returned north to Westchester County, where, prior to his time in NYC, he worked and developed his skills at Ossining Music Center and played bass in several punk bands, including Aloke and Awkward Thought.
The mission of the shop is, in essence, to recycle, keeping guitars alive and people playing – enjoyably. They love finding interesting pieces and bringing broken ones back to life. Built around Paul's luthiery, Division Street is, at its core, a guitar repair shop, offering standard setups to neck resets, re-frets, and more.
But at the front of the shop is a showroom lined with guitars, basses, amplifiers, and effects. Aside from carrying some new pedals from some personal favorite makers, the inventory is all second-hand and mostly vintage, loosely curated by Paul’s taste, with obvious classics like Fender and Gibson, as well as Danelectro, Martin, Univox, and others, with a section dedicated to the unusual and unique. Talented locals visit the shop regularly, as well as legends including Melissa Etheridge (she traded a '59 LP Junior for a '66 Jazz Bass), Boz Scaggs ('76 LP Custom, Wine Red), and Joe Bonamassa ('57 Strat).
Paul and his team at Division Street Guitars like having fun, like guitars, and like the people who play them!