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guitar center

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Indiana Mike, Jan 8, 2006.


  1. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    It's official ,we are getting a guitar center here, complete with a studio ,due to open in march.. My fear is it will run out our other music stores. This is a fair sized city, 200,000 and a large urban / rural area. We have 4 stores now locally owned am I am not sure if this will have the wal-mart effect or not.I am sure I will check it out but it makes me feel kind of dirty thinking about it, kind of like walking into a porno store.Is it true musicians friend owns guitar center.
     
  2. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Either MF owns GC or its the other way around, but I know the two are correlated.

    GC ain't too bad, but support your local stores, but regardless, go to stores, make friends, get discounts and bargain :D
     
  3. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Walking into GC is like walking into a porn store? It makes you feel dirty? Do you watch Lifetime or what? ;)

    But look at all the gear you can actually try in a GC. Will your local music store let you wank on a $3,000 Warwick? A $2,000 Rickenbacker? Will they let you test an Ampeg Classic in to their 810? GC will. Can you try the entire line of Boss effects in your local store? You can at GC.
     
  4. Expect a wider (but generally more generic) selection. At least one, but probably 2 of your local stores will shut down unless they are really on their game service/selection wise.

    Like others stated, you can get really good deals, but you run into the same problems you do with all box stores. If that's not an issue, enjoy your shopping. Personally, I give each GC I've patronized a few chances before excommunicating. The most recent heap was GC New Orleans. I haven't been back in about a year. I might swing in later this month to see if the sales staff has somehow cycled into competency, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Mike
     
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Where is "here"?

    Second, come on with the porn comment. Do you really feel that way, or are you thinking people here will think you're cool if you talk some trash about GC?

    -Mike
     
  6. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I've alwas suspected a link between Music 123 and Musicians Friend, but this is the first I've heard of a GC connection. They don't have the same inventories. I mean if that was true why can't you get the same brands from both places?
    Can someone who really knows clairify.
     
  7. Helstar

    Helstar

    Nov 26, 2005
    I asked teh clerk at teh GC here and he said yes MF does own GC but htey try to operate seperatl;ey but GC does use MF inventory when need be. I believe Sam Ash also owns gear tree.com
    I like gear tree but they are advertising gear that is not yet released on the market so I have never ordered from them I just like looking at their site form time to time
     
  8. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    What about Music 123, they have VERY much the same web sites, same inventory, same pricing. Does anyone know about that?
    Seems like GC would own MF seeing how many stores they have. I was shopping at GC in the 70's.

    On a side note, I've bought a lot of stuff from GC, and have always gotten excellent pricing from them. They are not perfect, and I'll admit I delt w/ certin salesmen and if they were not there, I walked out.
    Yeah some Music Stores may go down, if they don't offer lessons or make themselves unique. But this happens all the time. Even large businesses come an go.
    Now since the closest GC is 1 1/2 hrs. away, and TB has introduced me to high end gear :rolleyes: I do most of my business w/ Bass Central. They have 1 location, from what I understand it not very big, but they are unique and sell all over the country and I believe overseas, so It can be done.
     
  9. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    OK ok , the porn comment was uncalled for. I just have a problem with corporate takeover. Yes I am sure the store will have a huge selection ect.... but I have made friends at the local stores ,at one with the owners.No I am not talking trash about GC. I don't have to prove I am cool to anybody , I am beyond that.

    Here is Evansville Indiana

    Here we have lost all of our locally owned hardware stores to the likes of lowes and home depot. wal mart has 3 supercenters within 15 miles of each other. the list goes on. Why is this not so good? I think some of you can figure it out. Sure you have selection but your locality pays for it in poor wages , low benefits and the reduction of local people that are able to start their own business.The list goes on and on. Those of you who live in huge cities have populations that can support and survive all kinds of these situations. those of you who live in smaller cities may or may not relate.

    Maybe this is how it is going to be, everything owned by huge companies, wages will be ****, benefits will suck but everything will be cheaper and the selection will be a lot better.
    the list goes on and on.

    My fear is that guitar center will be the ONLY music store left in town .
     
  10. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001

    Jun 17, 2004
    Ireland
    On the other hand cheaper prices are cheaper prices. I will always go for the cheaper option (of the same product) Doing otherwise out of some moral obligation to anti capitalism seems silly to me. but thats just my opinion. Don't want any lectures on why capitalism is good or bad!

    People seem to give a guitar centre bad press around here. It seems to be usually more bad than good. In adequacy of staff etc. However I would love to have to be able try out the range of gear that a guitar centre seemingly has to offer. I had to travel opposite sides of the country to try out Gallien krueger stuff one one side and mesa and SWR and ampeg on the other. Even then they didn't quite have the gear that I wanted to look at. And when I was buying my bass I could forget about playing a sterling or stingray at the same time. In fact I could forget about playing a sterling altogether.
     
  11. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    The help at GC Toledo gets worse every time I stop in. The manager seems OK, and there was an assistant manager that was pretty cool, but the salesmen are drones and morons.
     
  12. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001

    Jun 17, 2004
    Ireland
    Who cares what the staff are like! Any info you may want should be researched before hand. Plus if they have a management that know what they're doing you can let them take care of any speciality buisness such as ordering certain pieces etc. You guys should try staying here for a while. You'll be crying out for your guitar centres before long :D
     
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    It probably will. Don't buy anything there. Go to the local stores only.
     
  14. I do. Some equipment purchases can be made without assistance, I agree. Other times, however, you have to deal with an employee (or lack thereof) and this is where you can run into problems (as with any large store). I got the runaround on a trade because the guy didn't know what he was doing (not my opinion, I over heard him talking to the manager and he literally did not know what he was doing). I've been told not to use overdrive pedals with bass, etc, etc, etc. What the staff is like makes a big difference.

    The usual disclaimer: I do not hate GC. I've bought equipment from soem locations before and will probably do so again....but I will hold a grudge if I deal with an idiot and then appeal to the manager and he, too is an idiot.

    Mike