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Does guitar center just not care?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Frety_Kruger, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Frety_Kruger

    Frety_Kruger Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2020
    Today I went to guitar center and I saw the worst setup bass I ever saw in my 31 years on this planet. How could they even think that a guitar this terribly setup would make someone feel like this was the one they wanted to buy. I have seen bow and arrows set up better than this. 20201121_113031.jpg 20201121_113031.jpg 20201121_113031.jpg
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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Guitar Center not caring once got me a brand new German Warwick Streamer Pro M for $499. It needed a battery, a set up, and the knob screws needed to be tightened.

    I'm happy they don't care :) .
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  3. Frety_Kruger

    Frety_Kruger Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2020
    Great find
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  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    My wife was the one who spotted it :) . We were leaving the store, and she said, "Joe.... "
    MCF, CB3UK, nbsipics and 8 others like this.
  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    When did they ever, at least in the last 20 years?
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  6. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Yeah, I've never seen them care, and the one by me tends to be a decent store. I bought a Streamer used from the GC website in supposedly great condition. I picked it up to discover it had a bad refinish with deep sanding scratches, old finish stuck in hard to sand spots, an unoriginal preamp which had a terrible hum, and the whole thing felt generally sticky...

    ...I returned it with no problem and they relisted it with the same crap picture (only 1 pic), same price, and same "great condition" description as well as doing nothing to address the electronic issue.

    So, yeah... GC don't give a &%#@
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  7. bolophonic

    bolophonic Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Every bass I’ve ever picked up in GC was set up like that.
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  8. telecopy


    Dec 6, 2009
    They're slackers in every GC I've visited.
  9. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Today I got a great trade price, massive discount, and even set the new bass up to my liking for a test drive (free of charge)
    My GC does awesome
  10. FritzM

    FritzM Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2001
    Madison, MS
    When you are a guitar department manager, and your store manager tells you to unbox and hang 50 guitars before lunch, you really do not have enough time to do setups. I'm not taking up for them, I'm just saying this is how GC works. I know, because I worked there about 10 years ago. The problem is management, not the poor minimum wage workers.
    GC is the Walmart of guitars.
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  11. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    I read about 47 threads last week, they're bankrupt or something. So, I reckon not.
  12. You can't fool me, those are BASS strings!
    Did you miss the weekly threads complaining about setups at GC?
  13. I'd have to see some measurements, but you guys would pass out if you saw my action. Its...high. On purpose.
  14. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    ....where ya goin' with that gun in yer hand?!?

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Guitar Center: I'm never surprised but I'm always appalled.

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  15. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    And that's also what helps keep the small mom & pop shops in business. (those that are still left that is). At least to me, service is everything.
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    So is Percy Jones' basses, from the one example I played many years ago. He and I had a nice discussion about this regarding hand pain. He told me it was worth it as that's what he needed to do, action-wise, to get his sound.
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  17. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    GC Online cared enough to have this bass in stock.
    I bought it used for $500.00 November last year.
    So I have no quarrels with GC.

    And the action wasn't too shabby!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020
  18. Does guitar center just not care?

    So long as they're making plenty of money, probably not. Oh, wait...
  19. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    My guess is that GC must make sure that the action is high enough that the strings don't choke on the frets. Playability isn't something they worry too much about, especially on basses. We're a very small part of their business - partly just because of how few of us there are to start with, and partly because the smart ones among us go elsewhere.
    mikewalker likes this.
  20. Lagado

    Lagado Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Them lazy people.
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