Candido D. Monarch 16

Lou, I want to let you know how much I love my new Monarch 16 sunburst guitar with the Humbucker pickup. I have owned several jazz guitars over the last 40 years, and the Monarch 16 Sunburst with the humbucker pick up is the best. None of them have matched the quality or tone of […]

Lou X. Rivera Jazz Suprema 15

Lou, I have been looking for an amplifier that would just amplify my archtops and not color the sound. Playing for 40+ years I have finally found it, a Rivera Jazz Suprema 15! Thanks so much for your recommendation. Whether playing my L5 or my Benedetto, the sound coming from this amp actually sounds like […]

Thomas J. Rivera Jazz Suprema 15

Hello Lou, The Rivera Jazz Suprema 15 is a 10 out of 10 in all departments.  In my opinion it’s the best archtop jazz tone available at any price. Thanks for your help and a great price.  It produces a variety of great natural tones with plenty of power and punch for any room.  Fit, finish, […]

JC Stylles Palen

“The day I entered Lou’s Guitars n Jazz showroom was a day I still remember well. There were so many archtops around the walls I didn’t know where to begin, and I tried out several, all of them big-name guitars, before I tried my first Palen. It was at that precise moment when I was […]

Gene E. D’Angelico EX-DC

Hi Lou… Just a quick thanks for your help during my purchase of the demo EX DC. Just love the guitar and it has raised more than one eyebrow. Best regards, Gene E.

Steve J. Eastman

Hey Lou, Just wanted to say thanks for spending so much time helping me choose a guitar over the holidays. I am VERY happy with my purchase (the Eastman thinline) and have been playing non-stop since I got back to school. For my limited budget, I’m still amazed that I walked away with such a […]

Peter Repair

Hello Lou, Just had to tell you what a great setup and tune up Mark did on my six string  acoustic. I have a local photography business in town and pay great attention to details. I will definitely bring my 12 string in for more of the same. Peter Summit, NJ

Steve R. Repair

Just picked up my acoustic yesterday that I left to have some work done. Mark called me prior to setup, and mentions what he felt was needed.  I knew immediately of how passionate he is concerning the guitars that he works on. When I can in to pick it up, I was amazed how great […]

John S. Eastman 810CE

Dear Lou, First off, Happy New Year!  And what a way to start the New Year.  The pictures are fantastic.  Thanks so much for taking the time yesterday in helping me select a guitar. As I related to you yesterday, the level of happiness I experienced in looking at and playing the fine instruments in […]

David L. Peerless Imperial

Lou, I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for shipping the Peerless Imperial with the set Lollar pickup. It was packed so carefully that it was nearly in tune when I started to play it right out of the case. It is a sweet guitar, it is like an L5 Wes but […]

Bob R. D’Angelico

Hello Lou, I hope that you or one of your clients is enjoying that DA Excell that you purchased from me. You really educated me on archtops. You were extremely accommodating to my needs. I am waiting for the next Palen. I may also have a couple more guitars to trade or sell you outright. […]

Al Palen

Lou, After returning from my 5 day excursion to find the perfect archtop, it’s a no brainer! I must have played 200 fine archtops. I had the will power not to buy any, until I got back to Ohio. The Palen wins on tone, weight, responsiveness, and amazingly price. The workmanship is great too. The […]

Nick Palen

Hey Lou, I can believe that I spent 3 hours on the L.I.Expressway to meet somebody who lives 15 minutes from my house. The good news is that you sold me the best archtop I have ever played. I knew that I was going to buy it the minute that I picked it up. I […]

Jonathan Vintage

Hello Lou, I’ll be looking for you at the Long Island Show next year. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a better playing archtop than the JS that you got from the Berkeley grad. But I had so much fun this May, I may come down to help you out if you let me […]

Jonathan Palen Performer

Hello Lou, When I found out that you now have a showroom, I had to come down and play every one of the 100 archtops that you have on display. That 1972 Jimmy D´Aquisto New Yorker was unquestionably the best archtop that I have ever played. And since you wouldn´t accept all my vintage Gibsons […]

Anonymous Gibson L5 CES

Hello Lou, I met you at the Phlly show. I am so happy with the L5 CES that I purchased at the show. Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be looking for another one in Nov. Thanks, Anonymous