Hello to all of you crazy Guitar & Car-loving collectors. I am Craig Brody…owner of The Guitar Broker and Craig Brody Investment Motorcars in sunny Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Most people can’t see how guitars and antique cars in Fort Lauderdale, FL, go together. Of course, since the 50’s there was always Hot Rods and Rock and Roll. An old Ford 3 Window Coupe and Elvis Presley. These 2 commodities have been associated with one another since the precious 50’s. My love for cars started way back when I was 4 years old. My Father had a Dodge Dealership in Queens and a Pontiac Dealership in Long Island. I worked at both washing cars and cleaning the shop as early as 10 years old. By 1979 as a 20-year old, I was offered a job selling new Volkswagens and Subarus in Miami Florida @ Bob Houston Motors. Those were the days when gas for antique cars was high at only $0.59 a gallon. When it jumped to $0.79 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) and then started to play Bass back in Jr. High School w/a friend, Russell Perri on Keyboards. We harmonized well together and 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 vintage guitars like an old Fender™! I have always been interested in Vintage Guitars since that time and have always have had a nice selection of guitars and 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 and had to do my own thing with vintage guitars and Collectable cars. I was then and still am a true work-a-holic and 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, and the rest is mail order history.
My wife, Patti and myself opened up our 1st location and hung up 60 or 70 guitars and basses on the wall of our small 900 ft.shop. Today I am working with my my gorgeous wife, Patti, she is my rock for the last 45 years and she also handles all the bills. She is the backbone of our 2 businesses. Last but not least, my daughter, Jennifer, is doing our social media from her new home in Dunedin, 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 and 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 and a fantastic complete makeover…we have one of the coolest old buildings in the now upscale Progresso Village in the now up-n-coming areas in the whole City. We welcome all of our old client’s and friends to visit us soon and check out our great selection of cars and guitars. We also welcome those interested to join us for a smoke and a drink…we want to have a comfy shop that one can bring their favorite cigar and have a refreshment on us. A real Man Cave!
We currently are buying 1 piece or complete collections of cars and guitars every day. We also offer a very creative consignment package for any of you wanting to slim down your collections and get the most from your cars and guitars. We have a true Fort Knox of a building for the most secure and safe environment to protect your valuables. Please call on us to discuss your options.
Lastly we do have a pay over time payment plan for those in need of paying for a 2-3 month period to acquire something special when you need a bit of time to get your dream guitar. Please keep in mind we cannot give any approval time period on these types of purchases for obvious reasons. They will be sent out as-is but we disclose all issues up front and we put up great photos to show off any imperfections so no surprises when it arrives safely.
I am doing what I love best…finding cool cars and guitars all over the world and selling them to 100’s of the coolest people on Earth. Our location today holds about 300 vintage guitars, basses and amps. Both Cars and Guitars are our passions and we welcome anyone to come and see us in our Showroom. We are working limited hours in the shop weekdays because of Covid-19 but we work by appointment anytime. You will like what we have for sale and love our knowledge and personal service. Feel free to call on us anytime.
Thank You and see you soon, Craig and Patti Brody.