Ish Guitars has been a long time coming. At the tender age of 16, Jesse Wilson sold his first car to fund 4 basses as the opening order for his first dealership. Founded in 2009, the company was originally called “The High Studio”, created for online-only retail from his parents basement of basses almost exclusively. As his unique custom-optioned bass sales grew, so did the business. In December of 2014 the company expanded to its current location in the downtown Syracuse, NY “Armory Square” district, while renaming the company “Ish Guitars” - an honor to his grandfather who calls him “Ish Ka Bibble” as a joking nickname.
Ish Guitars prides itself on presenting a clean and beautifully lit space with a curated collection of the finest guitars, basses, and amps for all price points. Our staff of working musicians are the biggest gear geeks this side of the Mississippi. Come to Ish Guitars to make friends, have a drink, and play some of the finest instruments to hit the musical market.
Our commitment to quality and great service hasn't gone unnoticed. Ish Guitars has the honor of becoming the fastest-ever Paul Reed Smith dealer to go from a basic dealer to a full-line Signature Dealer. We are the largest Spector bass dealer and possess a coveted official dealership with Jens Ritter instruments. In June of this year, Ish Guitars was named 'Best Emerging Dealer' at the NAMM 2018 Dealer Awards.