Vintage Gear at GC!!! (who'd-a-thunk)?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    The other day I had a few hours to kill between doctor's appointments (slipped a disc, ouch), so I wandered into the Guitar Center in Hollywood. Boy was I shocked! They have an entire room full of vintage gear, lots of old Fender tweed and blackface amps, a few Marshall basketweave cabs, some really nice vintage guitars and basses. They didn't have that stuff a couple of years ago. "Many" years ago they did, you used to be able to walk in there and see three or four nice used Alembics hanging on the wall, but then for a while (right around the time they went public) all that nice vintage gear disappeared, and all they had was the cheap commercial junk. Of course their prices are completely outrageous and laughable (usually around twice the going rate on eBay), and some of the amps are missing tubes and things like that, but still, it was very gratifying to see GC's implicit acknowledgement of the enormous market for vintage gear. GC, my hat's off to you! (never thought I'd hear myself saying that, but there it is) :)
  2. I can't imagine a GC in Hollywood being anything but a complete ripoff joint.
  3. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    I know the GC in Indianapolis has a TON of really high end used basses, Smiths, Alembics, last time I was there I played a mint '66 Jazz which was awesome:bassist: It was a bit pricy at 3600.
  4. The GC in RI kinda of sucks.

    No good used stuff, and a bunch of stuff that isn't too great.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I went there last week and it didn't seem like it was any bigger a ripoff than any other GC. As a matter of fact, it might be one of the best GCs around because the percentage of clients who are working or aspiring pros is higher than most other places. This is the heart of the music and enterainment industry, after all.

    The bass section is decent. Fenders, Warwicks, Spectors, a Pedulla here and there and even the MM Bongo 5 string...

    Besides the vintage section, there's an even more vintage room, where you go escorted by employees. I've been told that the guitars in that room are locked in vaults.

    My favorite music store on Sunset was Manny's, though. They had a Ken Smith 6, a Fodera Emperor and the Marcus Miller 5 in stock! There's also a Carvin store two doors down.
  6. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Is there one in RI, or are you talking about the one in N. Attleboro, MA? That's the one I usually go to when I have to. I was never particularly impressed with their selection.

    About 4 years ago I went in there and bought an SWR Goliath III. I told them I wanted one in a sealed box from the factory, but the absolutly would not do it. So I bitched for a while and they lowered the price $50. Stll though, not cool.

    EDIT: There's a new GC in Albany where I go to school, and they had a VERY old Fender Telecaster. I'm not sure of the year, but I think it was a '51. They were selling it for $10,999. They also have a vintage Ampeg B-15. If it wasnt in such crappy condition, I probably would have bought it right then and there.
  7. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    The one here in Atlanta has vintage sections for guitars and basses.
  8. I'll have to hit those up. I've been looking at a few Carvin items, too, and I'd love to get a whack at a KSD 5-string.

  9. Yes, in Warwick on route two.