“In today's post-COVID environment, the challenges to our brick-and-mortar business have necessitated a restructuring”: Sam Ash Music files for bankruptcy after announcing the closure of all its stores

Sam Ash
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Musical instrument chain Sam Ash Music has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection days after announcing it would be closing all of its physical stores after 100 years of operation.

The family run business announced it was closing all of its stores earlier this month, having initially closed 18 branches, including its flagship New York store, in March. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.

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  • Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com