I heard an ugly rumor today. Mesa is trying to fight off a takeover bid by.... Guitar Center! !!! I was in the Mesa store in Hollywood yesterday, and at the GC in Hollywood this morning, and I heard the same thing in both places. Can this possibly be true? Maybe Benjamin Strange can check this rumor through "official channels"? I'm not sure whether to believe it or not. I do know there have been some serious turf wars going on around the GC in Hollywood, for instance the Sam Ash store that opened up across the street is about to be closed, and they're closing the West Valley store as well. This is not good folks. GC is buying out all the little people, as is Fender, and... well, the consumer is one who ultimately suffers. Recently the Big Fish got to SWR. I sure hope they don't get to Mesa.