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    I find myself in a difficult position lately: My habit of going to Guitar Center and checking out gear is starting to become a lot less interesting. Why? Well, because stores like Guitar Center are so focused on moving gear out the door that their stores are stuffed with cheap starter packages and other gear designed to appeal to the masses.

    An example: Being a rootsy-country player, I'm very interested in the Fender 59 Bassman Reissue. This is not a boutique amp from a small company, but a legendary amp used by many of the greats. But it's impossible for me to try one out. I live in central NJ, and when I looked on Guitar Center's website I learned that the closet bassman is in Fredericksburg, VA. None, apparently, even in NYC!

    The same thing happened to me a while back when looking into Nord keyboards--which is a reasonably popular brand. Nothing. But there are skidloads of Squier guitars and Line 6 amps.

    I suppose that if I'm ever to get a Bassman I'll have to order it online, without ever getting the chance to play one. The age-old wisdom of try before you buy appears to be doomed.
    Jersey Jack

    Gibson J45 & Hummingbird
    Martin 000-28
    Deering Sierra Banjo

    "If you don’t like Springsteen that means you don’t like Woody Guthrie, which means you don’t like songs." Justin Townes Earle

  • #2
    You should be able to get them to bring in one for you to potentially buy don't you think? Not as convienent as just stopping buy the store and they have it in stock but I think it's a sign of the times.
    kulardenu's words of wisdom - "Even those Floods kick the Mascara off a Clown Burst any day..."

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    • #3
      As salesmen have told me multiple times, they'll order it for you, and you don't have to commit to buy. That's fine if it's something you're reasonable sure you want to purchase, but if you want to try out 3-4 amps, none of which they stock, then that makes it a little more difficult. I've talked to the manager at my local Sam Ash, and he was lamenting the fact that good stuff doesn't ever move. I was buying a Vox cabinet on clearance, and he was saying that the cabinet sat on the sales floor for over a year, and meanwhile he moved tons of cheap gear (Line6, etc.). He had some sweet Marshall amps in the same category. No market for it. All people are buying is the low-end starter stuff many of us here aren't interested in trying.
      Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • #4
        The brick & mortar retailers make a ton of money off selling the low-end gear, it's hard to blame them for doing what they can to stay in business.

        I find it very hard to believe that none of the New York guitar shops have a Fender Bassman in stock, however.

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        • #5
          I find myself in a difficult position lately: My habit of going to Guitar Center and checking out gear is starting to become a lot less interesting. Why? Well, because stores like Guitar Center are so focused on moving gear out the door that their stores are stuffed with cheap starter packages and other gear designed to appeal to the masses.

          An example: Being a rootsy-country player, I'm very interested in the Fender 59 Bassman Reissue. This is not a boutique amp from a small company, but a legendary amp used by many of the greats. But it's impossible for me to try one out. I live in central NJ, and when I looked on Guitar Center's website I learned that the closet bassman is in Fredericksburg, VA. None, apparently, even in NYC!

          The same thing happened to me a while back when looking into Nord keyboards--which is a reasonably popular brand. Nothing. But there are skidloads of Squier guitars and Line 6 amps.

          I suppose that if I'm ever to get a Bassman I'll have to order it online, without ever getting the chance to play one. The age-old wisdom of try before you buy appears to be doomed.


          If you don't mind coming into NYC, I highly recommend you check out Main Drag Music in Brooklyn. All sorts of awesome used gear.

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          • #6
            Yeah, in the heat of my rant I didn't acknowledge the pressures felt by retailers in the current economy. I'm not necessarily blaming Guitar Center, but it's a frustrating situation for those of us who are beyond Squier and Line 6. About a year ago I was lucky enough to walk into my local GC and demo a Delixe Reverb against a Princeton Reverb. Those days are apparently gone.

            And I'm not sure I'm comfortable asking them to ship an amp I may not even buy to the local store.

            What I'd really like to do is demo a Bassman alongside the Bassman clone from Victoria and perhaps a similar Dr. Z. amp, but I don't think that sort of thing was ever possible.
            Jersey Jack

            Gibson J45 & Hummingbird
            Martin 000-28
            Deering Sierra Banjo

            "If you don’t like Springsteen that means you don’t like Woody Guthrie, which means you don’t like songs." Justin Townes Earle

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            • #7
              Find a cool hole in the wall shop that has all kinds of weird junk.
              Guitar Rig: Musicman Silhouette -> Cool Cat Transparent OD -> Fender Mustang I (Twin model)
              Drum Rig: Mapex Pro M's, Saluda Mists, Evans heads

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              • #8
                I find myself in a difficult position lately: My habit of going to Guitar Center and checking out gear is starting to become a lot less interesting. Why? Well, because stores like Guitar Center are so focused on moving gear out the door that their stores are stuffed with cheap starter packages and other gear designed to appeal to the masses.

                An example: Being a rootsy-country player, I'm very interested in the Fender 59 Bassman Reissue. This is not a boutique amp from a small company, but a legendary amp used by many of the greats. But it's impossible for me to try one out. I live in central NJ, and when I looked on Guitar Center's website I learned that the closet bassman is in Fredericksburg, VA. None, apparently, even in NYC!

                The same thing happened to me a while back when looking into Nord keyboards--which is a reasonably popular brand. Nothing. But there are skidloads of Squier guitars and Line 6 amps.

                I suppose that if I'm ever to get a Bassman I'll have to order it online, without ever getting the chance to play one. The age-old wisdom of try before you buy appears to be doomed.


                You may want to contact Jim at Guitar Bar in Hoboken or Bobby at Colts Neck Custom Guitars for your needs..................
                i have come to the conclusion that he is some form of god. no mere mortal has that many guitars/pedals/amp/anything. "It boggles my mind. His collection is the most glorious and true expression of GAS.To each his own though. Amazing collection of beauties. It takes some seriously messed up OCD to compile a collection like that.I hate BBreaker. Damn, I hate him.Suck it.We learned that bbreaker is some sort of god. A god of whine.fk this guy.
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