Relic musical instrument store opens in Red Bank NJ



RED BANK – Ocean Township resident Michael Nicosia loved his sales job working for a school photography company, but his real passions are strumming and the sounds of an electric guitar channeled through a powerful amp.

Nicosia, a longtime musician who has performed in Asbury Park and New Brunswick, has just opened Relic Music here at 13 Monmouth Street. The music store sells guitars, including brands such as BiLT, Dunable, and Nash, and other instruments, amplifiers, pedals, synthesizers, and supplies.

Relic Music is bringing an instrument store back to Monmouth Street after Monmouth Music closed in 2018. “There really isn’t a music store that offers this level of selection in Red Bank anymore,” said Nicosia, 42. “I think if it wasn’t for the pandemic, someone else would have put a music store here already.”

Ocean Township resident Michael Nicosia opened Relic Music on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

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In his youth, Nicosia learned to play the guitar. He wrote songs and loved listening to artists and music, trying to figure out why instruments sound the way they do and what equipment they use.

“A lot of it comes from their fingers, their hands and the way they play,” said Nicosia. “The other element is all the equipment they use, their instruments, their choice of pedals, their choice of amplifiers. Where are their buttons set? “

Nicosia’s first job after college was in a music store, selling guitars and relying on her love to perform in bands and collaborate with her brother.

Ocean Township resident Michael Nicosia opened Relic Music on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

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After several months he left the store and worked in sales, ending up in a managerial position at a school photography company in Marlboro. Around 2015, he took a part-time job in a music store, eventually managed the store, and returned to the business.

“I fell in love with it again,” he said.

At the same time, Nicosia said he was inspired by his wife’s decision to change careers from cosmetic chemist to teaching, eventually becoming a school administrator.

“I realized I was the happiest when I was talking about guitars, amps and pedals,” Nicosia said. “It’s really something that I’ve always wanted to do from my six months at that first job in a music store.”

Ocean Township resident Michael Nicosia opened Relic Music on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

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He left the music store in January and he and his wife focused on opening up at Red Bank. “We looked at a few different options, but ultimately we love this city,” he said.

Nicosia said he wanted his store to be a place where customers can try out amplifiers and speakers in the store, or can build a custom pedal board, which gives players the ability to use various effects, to find out what is going on. ‘they like.

Ocean Township resident Michael Nicosia opened Relic Music on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

In addition to sales, he will also provide repairs and adjustments to equipment. Nicosia is also keen to host events such as guitar and pedal demonstrations while ensuring that players of all skill levels are welcome.

“I’ve never had anything like this, it’s mine, which I built from scratch, for which I had a vision and the design came out exactly as I wanted it to,” said Nicosia. “For me, it’s just like home.”

David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at Asbury Park Press for over 20 years. He writes the What’s Going There column of and can be contacted at [email protected] Join his What’s Going There page on Facebook for updates.


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