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    Went To A Guitar Center For The First Time In A While

    So a little over a year ago my wife and I inherited a house that we got due to her fathers passing. Its in Little River, SC. We are transitioning down there, and I was just there over the 4th holiday. Well a GC popped up in North Myrtle, just 10 mins form the house. I had not been in a CG for a few years. I'm an all acoustic player now so I just walked by the sad and I mean sad assortment of Mexican and Chinese junk and the 3 or 4 USA made guitars in the electric side of the house. If you wanted an American made guitar you had to get one of there friendly 20'something associates to go up the ladder unlock and get it. F U no thanks. There was one $1999 LP and a $1200 American Fender Pro Something. My D-35 is worth more than any guitar in the electric room. Now off the acoustic room. 3 Martins priced at $1500 and a heap ton of Mexican ones. 2 Gibson's both locked up and unobtainable unless said associate climbs the ladder and unlocks it. CG should have 2 acoustic rooms. One for the 16 year olds with the $299 Chinese guitars for them to ruin Stairway on and one room for the adults that can afford nice American made guitars.

    So here is the short version. GC blows. Especially the one in North Myrtle. Good thing I can buy picks and strings online. I doubt I will ever step foot in there ever again.

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    All GCs are different. Iíve been in GCs with amazing selections but those are usually in big cities. Iíve also been in big city GCs that suck.

    The chinese ďjunkĒ is there because it sells. Thatís more of a socio-economc thing than a GC thing IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JF-30 View Post
    So a little over a year ago my wife and I inherited a house that we got due to her fathers passing. Its in Little River, SC. We are transitioning down there, and I was just there over the 4th holiday. Well a GC popped up in North Myrtle, just 10 mins form the house. I had not been in a CG for a few years. I'm an all acoustic player now so I just walked by the sad and I mean sad assortment of Mexican and Chinese junk and the 3 or 4 USA made guitars in the electric side of the house. If you wanted an American made guitar you had to get one of there friendly 20'something associates to go up the ladder unlock and get it. F U no thanks. There was one $1999 LP and a $1200 American Fender Pro Something. My D-35 is worth more than any guitar in the electric room. Now off the acoustic room. 3 Martins priced at $1500 and a heap ton of Mexican ones. 2 Gibson's both locked up and unobtainable unless said associate climbs the ladder and unlocks it. CG should have 2 acoustic rooms. One for the 16 year olds with the $299 Chinese guitars for them to ruin Stairway on and one room for the adults that can afford nice American made guitars.

    So here is the short version. GC blows. Especially the one in North Myrtle. Good thing I can buy picks and strings online. I doubt I will ever step foot in there ever again.

    Wow, quite the vitriol. Do you feel like they owe you the store you want it to be, or did somebody just crap in your coffee this morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guilds of Grot View Post
    Wow, quite the vitriol. Do you feel like they owe you the store you want it to be, or did somebody just crap in your coffee this morning?
    No they don't owe me anything. Just like I don't ever have to go in there ever again and spend money.

    The GC I went to in Atlanta was the biggest one I was ever in. I remember it being a nice one, but I don't live in Hot 'Lanta.
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    I'll admit, I'm not a big GC fan either. Not much of a selection for what I'm interested in but they do serve a niche for young players who can't afford the higher end stuff. And, in all fairness, some of the Asian etc. import stuff is really not all that bad.

    Mostly, for me anyway, any town with over 5,000 people or so makes me really nervous and jerky. So, I pretty much limit my buying to online sources. Plenty to choose from, prices can be pretty good and be it Ebay or Reverb, there is significant protection for both the buyer and seller.
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    Just like all businesses, it mainly comes down to who runs the store and how they translate a good, bad or indifferent management style to their employees.

    Most of the GC's I've been in fall into the "indifferent" category. Employees are disinterested, marking time; the selection of instruments is mostly on the dull side, etc.

    That said, I do own a couple guitars bought at GCs I've stumbled upon while en route somewhere else, including a Westerly Guild D4-12.

    They're crapshoots -- you never know what you'll find. I tend to go in with low expectations, but sometimes I come across something interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileypickett View Post
    Just like all businesses, it mainly comes down to who runs the store and how they translate a good, bad or indifferent management style to their employees.
    Most of the GC's I've been in fall into the "indifferent" category. Employees are disinterested, marking time; the selection of instruments is mostly on the dull side, etc.
    Yeah kinda hard to find motivated employees in retail, and think about what that means for management development as well.
    First thing that occurred to me after original post was "consider the local market", too.

    Quote Originally Posted by JF-30 View Post
    That said, I do own a couple guitars bought at GCs I've stumbled upon while en route somewhere else, including a Westerly Guild D4-12.
    They're crapshoots -- you never know what you'll find. I tend to go in with low expectations, but sometimes I come across something interesting.
    I'm with the folks that find the travel and crowds irksome and will only go to ANY store for a very specific reason, but that's the real point.
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    So, JF-30, why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel? LOL

    I share many of your sentiments for our local GC as well; the only reason I go there is because sometimes you can score a really good deal on equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    ....So, I pretty much limit my buying to online sources. Plenty to choose from, prices can be pretty good and be it Ebay or Reverb, there is significant protection for both the buyer and seller.
    There's also an occasional good deal in GC used gear that might be at a GC on the other side of the country. They'll ship to your door or the local GC for a nominal fee, and if something's wrong with it (not sure what their return-for-any-reason policy is), you can just return it to your local GC - no return shipping!

    The only experience I've had with this, I received a gorgeous Gibson Songwriter 12-string, but it had a seriously separated center seam from the bridge to the bottom that was not disclosed. Whether it happened during shipping, I don't know, but whatever. Returned it to my local GC no problem, full refund.
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    I have two pretty close to me. Both are OK, no problems with the staff or anything, and I have bought guitars and accessories there. IMHO, it depends on the management of the store. And the return policy can't be beat.

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