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Guitar Center going out of business??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rockinpop, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. rockinpop

    rockinpop Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Lindenhurst, New York
  2. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    I've purchased a couple of things from the local Guitar Center, a Fender MIM P/J, an Ibanez Classical guitar, and a B200 bass amp. I can't say that I'm impressed with their pricing, it's nothing special, and getting 10% or 15% off is possible, but it's like pulling teeth.

    What I do like about the local guitar center, is the tech who does the set ups, and repairs. He's REALLY good, and a nice guy on top of that. I try to do my purchases through him.
    If the store closes, Jason, (the Tech) will be a big loss around here, but a lot of the smaller music stores will probably do a little better.
  3. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I hope so i owe them a couple grand!

  4. You still will! Their financing is run by a bank they don't own.
  5. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
  6. Desirsar


    Mar 1, 2013
    I cheat by living in Kansas City. We have one great local store, and one that is owned by a "chain" of independently operated stores. I've heard there are others, but I haven't have a good reason to hunt them down and suffer the moron drivers to get there. I feel bad for anyone who truly only has Guitar Center. If you're going to have to do your own research on products online, might as well buy them there at that point. Guitar Center is still convenient from my job for strings and picks, though...
  7. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    In the one in Connecticut closes I feel bad for some of the workers but no big loss as this location is probably the worse in the country. I have never had a positive experience at this one and the employees have always been rude and unfriendly.
  8. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    At least there is some warning, Daddy's Junky Music closed doors in the middle of the night without telling anyone including their employees.

    Scumbag move-know alot of people who lost their gear or deposits.
  9. I still have a $50 gift card I never used. I guess I better get down there and use it up.
  10. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    In Canada we have the same thing going on with Long and McQuade except they don't seem to be suffering at all.

    Which is too bad, because they keep buying up the boutique-ey little stores that have more variety. If you go to L&M, while they CAN get most of the better known brands in, for the most part they only ever represent Gibson, Godin, Fender, and PRS on their shelves and everything else takes a while to order.

    It's definitely had the "Wal-Mart" effect on the lower stores who just can't compete because of higher overhead and lower notoriety.
  11. MonkeyBass


    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    God I hope this is true.
  12. rogersjoe

    rogersjoe Sakara Bassist

    Aug 5, 2013
    West Springfield, MA
    One can only hope that this is accurate. Though I do feel bad for all that people that would be out of work. But I can't imagine they would miss it. Manchester CT is probably the worst store ever. Not just guitar center. I have been to a lot of them while on tour and some of the people were amazing to us and helped us out a bind. The one in Western PA even had the staff come see us play the same night they helped us out. But the one in Manchester wouldn't even order me a bass to try (a bass most of the stores stocked) unless I gave a 25% deposit. I spent over $20,000 their last year when building my studio. And I had to give a 25% deposit to TRY? NOPE
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Well, here's a different side to look at. I don't see a ton of shops you guys will like opening up just because GC may close down. They are two different markets. GC customers and mom-n-pop customers generally aren't the same people. If you guys weren't enough to support the mom-n-pops before, you won't be now. Those who would not pay the higher prices demanded to keep a small business afloat will simply go online from here on out. So, it will only serve to LESSEN the amount of basses and amps you will be able to touch and/or hear. No good will come of this no matter how anti-corporation your views are. You will gain nothing by their closing.
  14. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    When Guitar Center fails, where will I go when I want to become annoyed by teenage wankers? ;)
  15. rogersjoe

    rogersjoe Sakara Bassist

    Aug 5, 2013
    West Springfield, MA
    I am FAR from anti corporation. I am a HUGE supporter of free market capitalism. SOOOO in turn, I am a huge supporter of them getting what they deserve. If you ran your business like crap, you deserve to go under. One of the reasons mom and pop shops have closed is due to the spread of guitar centers. We don't have a guitar center in western massachusetts area. But we did have a Daddy's Junky music. And when Daddy's closed, less than a year later a mom and pop shop opened up a mile from where Daddy's was. They are doing great and even expanding. I will gain the satisfaction of knowing that guitar centers poor customer service and subpar quality instruments will not be spread so easily.
  16. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    I read a similar article about GC several years ago, and they're still around. That's not to say they haven't gotten worse.

    In other news: The Sky Is Falling.
  17. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    Why are they building a new one 15 miles from me if they are shutting down? I hate those stores. A lot of bad experiences in the two others by my house. If they do go down and it's anything like when Mars went under, the liquidators marked everything 50-75% and you should be able to go on over with a pocket full of cash and score something on the cheap. For example I don't really like modulus basses but they sold for $300-$500 new. Who knows and I know I don't care. So why am I writing this?
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Hmmm sounds like my local GC
  19. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    There are SEVERAL in CT (one just opened last month in Southington) ... which is one of the reasons GC is struggling ... oversaturation. That said, I may have bought some cables or picks from a GC store, but never a guitar or any other gear. I buy guitars from real guitar shops, and gear from them or for accessories I turn to online stores.
  20. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Bring back the privately owned small shop! And don't worry about the GC employees not finding work. They are always hiring at In and Out Burger.