Northern Acoustics

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‘Northern Acoustics’ is Leeds’s largest stockist of acoustic guitars offering an instrument for every budget from the basic starter guitar for simple strummers to a custom hand-built ‘Martin’ for budding Bob Dylans. The store is run by American-born Val Lichtenstein, who moved to the Caribbean when he was 32 to sell hi-fi equipment before working as a news and sports director for the national radio station. Whilst living in the Cayman Islands he not only commentated alongside football giant Pele and interviewed the Duke of Edinburgh, but met his future wife Christine, from Leeds and nine years ago decided to settle in West Yorkshire. An accomplished guitar player himself having picked up his first aged guitar 12 and played in bands throughout his life, Val decided turn his passion into a business and opened Northern Acoustics in the Corn Exchange in 2011, having bought the department from Northern Guitars on Call Lane.