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  • #61
    I'd better get in there and stock up on some DS-1's then!

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    • #62
      Unless you know the owners of M&P stores in an outside relationship here in Geand Rapids you get zero attention. Honestly before they downsized inventory the non-commission staff at BestBuy were more pushy and rude than GC, with exception to one or two people there. But one of them was fired last January and the other seems to have settled down.

      My big issue is the stores who give you the evil eye when you look like you might be thinking of taking a squier level guitar off the wall to check it out. I have yet to make a major purchase from the local GC but they still treat me like a valued customer.
      It doesn't get any better than this

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      • #63
        This is nowhere near true. GC has opened about 20 stores in the last 2 years, and are making money, not losing it. The Fender and Ibanez selections in stores have actually grown tremendously.

        Been working for GC Raleigh for 4 years. We aren't hurting
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        • #64
          i know when i go to the GC here, they are actually really nice, not dewshy at all, i guess some of them might be, maybe we've lucked out in our area. yes i have been to the ulti-desher GC's here and there, but honestly, the one here is a somewhat dewsh free zone.

          that could be due a the manager though, i mean i notice when i'm in there they seem to have a "treat everyone that comes through the door the same", which is a good belief to have. unlike the other M&P store here where the owner treats people like garbage leaving his own employees prob embarassed


          I agree with all of this about GC. I've never had a negative experience with any of the employees at any of the GCs I've been to going all the way back to the late 90s. I don't like it that they refuse to negotiate on used gear, but I have never encountered any jerks or been treated badly. They've been nothing but helpful every time I've been there and I've bought a lot of my used gear there as a result. I know this sounds shilly, but I don't work for them nor do I think I could because of their pay system.

          In a weird twist, the owner of the local music store where I grew up (loved that place as a kid/teen) now heads up the guitar department at one of the GCs here in Dallas and has been there for years and seems happy.
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          • #65
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            • #66
              Oh let's go back to the days of Mom and Pop stores. I remember the biggest one in my town. The only pedals they stocked were Ibanez Soundtanks. Never once saw an offset guitar in there. Oh, and the owner wouldn't stock guitar strings heavier than .10. I asked for .11s once and he told me I wasn't supposed to use strings that heavy.
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              • #67
                Oh let's go back to the days of Mom and Pop stores. I remember the biggest one in my town. The only pedals they stocked were Ibanez Soundtanks. Never once saw an offset guitar in there. Oh, and the owner wouldn't stock guitar strings heavier than .10. I asked for .11s once and he told me I wasn't supposed to use strings that heavy.


                That's the thing. Like I said, if you were in a bigger market the stores were great. I grew up in Massachusetts and Providence and Boston had great stores but the smaller towns like I lived in had places like you describe.

                I remember the days when the only place to get guitar strings on a Sunday was Sam Goody in the mall (at $12.00 a set for Brite Wires) - of course back then kids actually wanted to learn how to play guitar and not just buy guitars so the mall/chain record stores sold books, etc....

                We had a couple local stores that either charged MSRP or really close to it or had stuff in stock that hung on the walls. I used to be so excited when the new AMS, MF, etc... catalog would come in.

                The upside (which would not exist today) is that there were a lot of small used gear stores where today's "vintage" stuff was just used gear and was priced accordingly. I'm talking about oddball 60s/70s stuff not pre-CBS Fender or old Gibson stuff. Today online would not have those types of stores back.

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                • #68
                  I guess I'm lucky. I grew up with the coolest M&P store. Father and son owned. The son would fit in perfectly on this forum, actually. They carry Eastwood, Reverend, Danelectro and are working on getting Catalinbread and Earthquaker Devices up in there, along with the usual. They also have a guy that'll build pretty much anything effects-wise for you.

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                  • #69
                    The upside (which would not exist today) is that there were a lot of small used gear stores where today's "vintage" stuff was just used gear and was priced accordingly. I'm talking about oddball 60s/70s stuff not pre-CBS Fender or old Gibson stuff. Today online would not have those types of stores back.


                    That's pretty much exactly what Musicgoround is like in Louisville. Tons of 70's on up oddball **************** priced for less than you can get it on ebay before shipping.
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                    • #70
                      That was the joke. oke: And I don't think it's subliminal. From the trailers, some sort of economic inequality is a big part of the plot.


                      Interesting. All the billionaires out there had better start living up to the standards set by Bruce Wayne.
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                      • #71
                        Oh let's go back to the days of Mom and Pop stores. I remember the biggest one in my town. The only pedals they stocked were Ibanez Soundtanks. Never once saw an offset guitar in there. Oh, and the owner wouldn't stock guitar strings heavier than .10. I asked for .11s once and he told me I wasn't supposed to use strings that heavy.


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                        • #72
                          Hey kid, you like Peavey? How bout Fernandes? No? too bad!


                          You have to move up to that stuff! Try this Series 10 and Gorilla! How about one of these fuzzy Quantum jobs?

                          :P

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                          • #73
                            ..I personally don't like buying a guitars off internet. To many times I've gotten guitar and it wasn't right. I wanna play them hear them before I purchase them.


                            Thank you. I used to go to the local Fender dealer and try out 20 some strats before the one that felt best for my hands and feel went home with me. I guess that makes me a dinosaur but since it's my money I'm spending, I guess I can live with that.

                            Some of you obviously had some real ****************ty local Mom & Pop stores and that's too bad. We had a main Mom & Pop store here for over 40 years and ol Fred had the best selection of Fenders & Gibsons than anyone anywhere. If your amp fried right before a gig on a Friday night - Fred would tell you to grab whatever you wanted off the show room floor and tell you to see him later. Obviously Fred had to know you and have done business with you, but once you earned his trust - you were good as gold forever. He was great to deal with and he always rewarded you for your loyalty to him. GC doesn't hold a candle to Fred.
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                            • #74
                              I actually had a pretty good Mom & Pop store near my hometown that had Gibson and G&L stuff, and I do think they undercut GC pricewise. They packed up and left before I really knew anything about music or gear. There is a countertop place there now. OH WELL.
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                              • #75
                                i use to love going into music stores, trying out new gear, buying things, etc, etc.

                                then, it seems M&P stores all became real asswads. arrogant and jerks about pricing. that just killed it for me.

                                the only good store in my area (des moines), i used to buy stuff from, then one day i was talking about trading in on another "used" guitar, and the owner walks by overhearing just mere 'talk', i wasn't even to the deal yet, and he just goes off on this tirade to me, like i'd never bought anything from him, and like i had no clue about how buying instruments worked. it pissed me off so much, here i was, for the last 5-6 years buying a majority of my gear from this place and that freaking owner treating me like a 13 year old dumbass...


                                I also live in Des Moines and I already know who you're talking about. And I agree with everything you just said.

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