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Musician's Friend clearance center in KC?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Jul 22, 2005.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I have to travel to Kansas City next month for business. I've heard rumors that MF has a brick and mortar clearance center in KC. Does anyone know anything about this? P@?
     
  2. Corbis

    Corbis Guest

    Feb 19, 2003
    Wamego KS
    That's acually in my neck of the woods!

    Yes we do. Its rather large but compared to Kansas music stores, I'm not sure how it would compare to others.


    If I remember right its mostly where the defiective stuff goes. But sometimes if you look hard enough you'll find a GREAT deal. (Check out the effect pedals) They also are attached to the warehouse so you can ask and they'll get you something new.

    Oh and its also right by a Casino so you might beable to win your money back..........

    :D
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Great! Where is it?
     
  4. Corbis

    Corbis Guest

    Feb 19, 2003
    Wamego KS
    1491 Universal Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64120-2139
    (816) 231-4475


    Its around the industrial part of town.
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Thanks! Hopefully I can work in a visit when I come to town.
     
  6. Has anyone found any great deals in the KC clearance center?
     
  7. I've been there several times to look around and try stuff, but I don't think I've bought anything major yet.

    Note that some of their selection is overstocked items that they're trying to clear out of, and there's also quite a bit of "blem" (i.e. scratch-and-dent) merchandise that had been returned by customers. (Guitars with a chip in finish, amps that are missing a knob, a manual, etc). It tends to be pretty hit-and-miss, you never know if you'll find something worth buying.
     
  8. That's been my experience, too. I lived in Lawrence for twelve years and my friends and I have been over there several times since it opened. Last summer I wanted to see if they had any new Epifani 410's available for pickup but they didn't. Seems that the best (and most frequent) deals are on the smaller stuff.
     
  9. msquared

    msquared

    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    When I worked for the EPA I was very close by and would go a couple times per month on lunch breaks.

    The selection is hit or miss. There are a lot of outdated, broken beyond repair items on the floor for 10% below retail, but you also see some new "it was the wrong color" stuff for 10% below retail. And I've seen more than a couple guitars with blemishes that sell for half off of retail but sound great. You just have to take some time and look around and know what you're doing.
     
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I certainly did - it's in the archive somewhere. A GK MB150-E112 for $200 marked down from $800, just missing the manual and power cord.
     
  11. Its alright, but its musicians friend. Also, don't eat at that waffle house that is near by, or you'll get a terrible bout of diarrhea.
     
  12. labgnat

    labgnat Banned

    Oct 29, 2005
    outta this world
    they sell a ton of junk, you might find a diamond in the rough tho, good luck with it.
     
  13. genghisshawn

    genghisshawn

    May 18, 2006
    I go there all the time. I have never found a deal on anything in the clearance center itself. I buy my new stuff from them. They won't pull something out of the warehouse unless you are going to buy it. It does seam like everytime I get something new it's always much cheaper than what the catalog or website lists. The last time I was there they knocked $5.00 off a cable just because they felt I had waited to long for my stuff. Check it out and then get some Gates BBQ!!
     
  14. Yes, Gates BBQ is a must. You are wasting your time if you go to KC and don't get BBQ.
     
  15. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I prefer BB's Lawnside, myself...
     
  16. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    My former drummer picked up a very cool MIM Tele special edition, goldtop with twin humbuckers, for like $200 there a few years ago.
    You really had to search the guitar to find any blemish.
     
  17. bassist15

    bassist15

    Mar 6, 2006
    Indiana
    I visisted Kansas City this summer and BB's Lawnside BBQ was the best . I also came back the same night and saw Fast Johnny Ricker and the Riders perform. Heck of a show.