I recently did a search on any information about Guitar Centers and the overall consensus is: Bad management, horrid setups, unintelligent staff, and battered floor gear, among other horror stories. I've seen this myself, as I've been to several different stores, including Sam Ash(es), and I was appalled by the state of the instruments, the WalMart-like overstocking, and the overall worthlessness of the employees. Guitar Center could potentially be a much better company and could have much better stores. but it is the failings and inadequacy of the management that gives this company such a bad reputation. I realize that not all music stores are this bad, I'm talking about the 6 or 7 I've been to. Also, at one store there was one experienced bass-playing salesperson who actually discussed woodtypes and the overall differences in brand and basstype construction. He even fetched and opened a box containing a factory-fresh Spector Euro for me, just so I could try it out. I didn't even have to use the usual, "I have $500 and want to buy a bass today" speal. A needle in the haystack, he was. So, this got me to thinking: What about maybe opening a Guitar Center, only running it better and hiring qualified technicians and salespeople? I plan for the far future, of course, I'm only 17. Does anyone on this board work for/manage/own a Guitar Center? If so, what are your thoughts on my idea? Is Guitar center even a franchise like Burger King, or is it a self-contained company such as Walmart?