Another GC thread about being disappointed

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by shawshank72, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Took my one son out to GC as im down in the states for a couple months and thought id take the time to try out a bunch of basses and amps as i dont get the chance much from where i am in canada.
    What an absolute waste of time, every bass that i picked up was set up like crap! Necks were bowed and actions were sky high.
    Only one bass out of the 7 or 8 i wanted to play were playable, why do they do this? Next time im showing up with a set of tools and doing setups myself.
  2. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Ed Zachary! And it's not only the cheapies. I'm always on the lookout for something unusual or vintage. I went in to a GC the other day and played (tried to play) a '76 Ric and a '68 Precision. The most expensive basses on the wall and they were horrible. No way they took any time at all to give them any sort of attention before they were displayed. Super high action on both, I'm talking 1/2", and rusty strings on the P-Bass. Forget the $2K and up prices. I wouldn't have given them $500 for either one. Probably would have, but you know what I'm saying.
  3. Are you allowed to do setups on music stores' guitars? I thought that was only for expert employees only...

    I live in CAN and we have Long and McQuade and only the vintage vintage really expensive ones are set up properly. By this I mean the ones in the 3000-5000 range CAN. The other expensive models, like the Am. Std or stuff, they're terribly set up. I'm not doubting some may have come that way, but I'm pretty sure most of the employees tweak something here and there and often make it worse. It was what turned me off from ALMOST buying a Stingray a couple years back.
  4. plong123

    plong123 All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

    Nov 19, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    Big box stores are always a mixed bag. Sometimes you get high-motor employees who want all the instruments to look and feel just right, but often, you don't. And with the hundreds and hundreds of guitars, basses, acoustics, etc on the walls in a place like that, it's hard to keep everything in line.

    Also, employees there aren't hired for their guitar maintenance knowledge. With what they pay these guys, they're lucky to attract someone who knows the difference between rosewood and ebony. They might have ONE guy on staff capable of giving a good setup... maybe.

    Like I said, every store is different. My local GC is one of the better ones, but I've been to plenty that were just sad.
  5. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    Ill be glad when they collapse
  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    My favorite GC story: I had some time to kill with my son while his big sister was at a birthday party. He was about 3 or 4. We went into the newly opened Guitar Center in Madison just to look around. When the salesman approached, my son pointed to the electric guitars and asked: "What are those little basses?"
  7. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Way to go little man!
  8. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do?

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    Sorry it went that way

    I like my GC and most of the staff there.
  9. I was in GC last Saturday buying a double bass drum pedal for my son. Whilst kindly hagglin with the rep, he actually had the gall to try and tell me what a deal I was already getting (at full retail/street price) because the pedal is regularly (MSRP fantasy price). I just kinda stared at him...I gave up trying to buy basses there years ago...

    (yes, I ended up getting the pedal at the price I wanted)
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i like when they tell you that the american special bass you wanted was 250 dollars cheaper 3 weeks ago and that you missed the store special, tmi
  11. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl
    My GC won't budge on price at all..... So most of the time I shop there and buy online.

  12. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    GC doesn't set up anything. They take it out of the box and hang it on the wall. The locally run stores here in Nashville do a monthly set up on every guitar and bass in the store. GC even farms out their repair work to these local stores. Their repair people (especially the ones who do set ups) are people I avoid like the plague. I have done minor tweaks on basses I've played there, though. I wanted to get an idea of how well the instrument can play. I always have toold with me, and GC is always in such a state of chaos that no one notices if I change a bass. They could at least keep them in tune!
  13. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    The GC here isn't too bad. They have a huge number of guitars, so it doesn't surprise me a bit that they aren't all set up, but I'm usually pleasantly surprised to find things at least mostly tuned up. I don't expect perfection, since what I like isn't going to be the same as what somebody else likes anyway.
  14. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    A GC location in my area has a tech on staff, all instruments that are ticketed over $1000 are well set up. The ones below that mark aren't. I think this isn't a chain-wide GC policy though.
  15. It's not...I played a brand new US Fender P5 there once and it was almost unplayable...
  16. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    I actually like the GC in my area better than the more popular local shop. It is more expensive, but the guys there are pretty decent to do business with.

    I live in Iowa and don't have too many options to begin with though. Trying to learn to do more stuff myself.
  17. Fender05


    Oct 20, 2008
    I work for GC about 30 min outside of Chicago. I will grant you that there are a few basses/guitars hanging on the wall that aren't set up properly. But, at least at my store, we take pride in keeping everything as tuned as possible, and at least REASONABLY set up. I've got a good crew here, and there's at least 4 of us that can (and do) full setups just to keep things nice.

    Just my 2 cents here-your experience may vary
  18. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    The people who worked there were great.
    I just find it unprofessional to come to a music store and every bass i pick up expensive and inexpensive are set up extremely poorly.
    Its good to know there are people like you who take some pride in this.
    But i guess i ran into one that dosent.
  19. Gundecker


    Mar 29, 2013
    I would use the bad set up/ rusty strings condition a a bargaining position if I were really interested. With their generous return policy, how can you go wrong if it goes out the door with you at a price you are happy with ?
    I walked into a GC with a '67 Vibro Champ in natty but all original condition. After the door guy with the clipboard checked me in, the first person to approach me was a young kid, maybe 19.
    Him: whatcha got?
    Me: this! (Showed him front and back of amp)
    Him:whatcha want to do with that?
    Me: get a price to sell or trade some gear.
    Him: well... There's no real value in an old amp like that.

    An older guy behind a counter heard this exchange and shot me a huge raised eyebrows look and told me to see Zach in the vintage guitar section. Zach made a very generous offer after taking pics and making phone calls. I declined.
  20. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do?

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    I dont get it.....