began working weekends in that store when he was 10 years old, and
it was there that he discovered his fascination with guitars. Although
he had been a drummer since the age of four, at We Buy Guitars Richie
turned his attention to the virtually forensic study of vintage
guitars by taking his father’s stock apart and examining the
instruments one by one and piece by piece.
in his career, Richie’s expertise in vintage guitars brought
him to the attention of some of the world’s leading auction
houses. He was Christie’s consultant for several significant
auctions, including the sale of Eric Clapton’s collection.
He has also consulted for Sotheby’s, Lelands, and It’s
Only Rock ’N’ Roll. Richie has advised the Jimi Hendrix
family, Velvert Turner, and Steven Seagal, and has been invited
to become a member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Trust.
the mid-1990’s, Richie joined forces with David
Davidson to build a multimillion-dollar vintage guitar department
for the Sam Ash Music chain and Manny’s Music. During that
time, Richie also served as pricing consultant for Orion’s
Blue Book and Vintage Guitar Magazine’s Official Price Guide.
Given the skyrocketing success of the vintage-guitar marketplace,
Richie and David decided to put their nearly 75 years of combined
expertise to work and earlier this year “We Buy Guitars, The
Original N.Y.C. Legend” was reborn.