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— North  Charlotte Guitar Center store is the latest location to open as part of GC’s  ongoing 2012 expansion —

Westlake  Village, CA (May 14, 2012) – Following an eventful Q1 that saw the retailer  expanding its operations in Tucson, Arizona, and Highland Park, Illinois, Guitar Center held the grand  opening of its new location in North Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 19,  2012. The store is located at 8813 JW Clay Blvd., STE A, Charlotte, NC  28262-5416. Guitar Center North Charlotte is Guitar Center’s 225th retail  location.

Guitar Center  North Charlotte’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of  products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and  experience.  As with all new store openings, Guitar Center hosted a Grand  Opening Weekend celebration (April 19-22) featuring exclusive savings, gear  giveaways, free events and live performances catered to local  musicians.

Guitar Center’s  newest North Carolina location features showrooms for customers equipped with  the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivalled opportunities for North Charlotte musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center North Charlotte also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service. Musicians could try out the GC Garage for free on  Grand Opening night, and with a guitar purchase, customers could also receive a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

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As part of  Guitar Center’s ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center North Charlotte will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders. North Charlotte shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes  multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless isle” include North Charlotte inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from  anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping  experience. Free Recording Made Easy classes are also conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for anyone who wants to make the exciting journey into recording their music.

In addition to special programs at the new North Charlotte store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. North Charlotte residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

• Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crue, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.

Guitar Center  Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks  studio and $10,000 cash. The grand finale takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

Guitar Center's Battle of the  Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at  over $50,000.

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered  drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center North Charlotte is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 9:00  p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

About  Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 227 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the  largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the company's Website at www.guitarcenter.com.
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