Hello to all of you crazy Guitar & Car loving collectors. I am Craig Brody…owner of The Guitar Broker & Craig Brody Investment Motorcars in sunny Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Most people can’t see how Cars & Guitars go together. Of course since the 50’s there was always Hot Rod’s & Rock & Roll. An old Ford 3 Window Coupe & Elvis Presley. These 2 commodities have been associated with one another since the precious 50’s. My luv for cars started way back when I was 4 years old. My Father had a Dodge Dealership in Queens & a Pontiac Dealership in Long Island. I worked at both washing cars & cleaning the shop as early as 10 years old. By 1979 as a 20 year old I was offered a job selling new Volkswagens & Subarus in Miami Florida @ Bob Houston Motors. Those were the days when gas was high at only $.59 a gallon. When it jumped to $.79 a gallon the market went crazy for economy cars…that was the beginning of my long career in the automobile business.
I started the Guitar Broker back in 1989 in a small little shop here in Ft.Lauderdale. As a kid, I started playing Trumpet in 5th grade (thru High School) & then started to play Bass back in Jr.High School w/a friend, Russell Perri on Keyboards. We harmonized well together & performed for the school every chance we had. My 1st vintage bass was a 1964 Fender Jazz Bass…Sunburst finish…that I paid $400.for back in 1976. I was hooked for life ! There is nothing better than an old Fender ! I have always been interested in Vintage Guitars since that time & always have had a nice selection of guitars & basses for my own use.
I opened The Guitar Broker in June 1989 after a 10 year stint in the automobile business. I just got tired of that crappy corporate world & had to do my own thing. I was then & still am a true work-a-holic & did a 24/7 for a few years until we were on our way to become one of the most recognized Vintage Guitar Shops in the World. I got my 1st website in 1994 & the rest is mail order history.
My wife, Patti & myself opened up our 1st location & hung up 60 or 70 guitars & basses on the wall of our small 900 ft.shop. Today I am working with my son, Dustin, who handles all the crap I don’t want to do anymore as well as buying & selling. He is forever learning about both the guitars at the shop as well as the cars I am buying & selling. My gorgeous wife, Patti, handles all the bills. She is the backbone of our 2 business’. Last but not least, my daughter, Jennifer, is doing our social media from her apartment in Clearwater, Florida. Boy am I old !!!
In April 2015, we purchased a cool old 11,000 ft. Warehouse in Downtown Ft.Lauderdale for our 2 businesses to move into. It was in need of a complete renovation & restoration as we really took on more than we thought but thankfully she came out fabulous. After a new roof, all new electric, enlarging all outer door openings, adding A/C & a fantastic complete makeover…we have one of the coolest old buildings in the now upscale & up-n-coming areas in the whole City. We welcome all of our old client’s & friends to visit us soon & check out our great selection of cars & guitars. We also welcome those interested to join us for a smoke & a drink…we want to have a comfy shop that one can bring their favorite cigar & have a refreshment on us. A real Man Cave !!!
Lastly we are buying 1 piece or complete collections of cars & guitars every day. We also offer a very creative consignment package for any of you wanting to slim down your collections & get the most from your cars & guitars. We have a true Fort Knox of a building for the most secure & safe environment to protect your valuables. Please call on us to discuss your options.
I am doing what I love best…finding cool cars & guitars all over the world & selling them to 100’s of the coolest people on Earth. Our location today holds about 300 guitars, basses & amps. I also sell some of the grooviest Vintage & Exotic Sports cars around…I keep about 10 for sale in our showroom. Both Cars & Guitars are our passions & we welcome anyone to come & see us in our Showroom. Open all weekdays, we work by appointment on the weekends. You will like what we have for sale & luv our knowledge & personal service. Feel free to call on us anytime.
Thank You & see you soon, Craig & Dustin Brody.