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— Company opens its fifth store in 2011 with special savings and events —

Westlake  Village, CA (June 30, 2011) –  On June 16, 2011, Guitar Center opened  its latest retail location in  Wilmington, Delaware. The store’s opening  delivers vast product  selection to the region, along with the  unparalleled knowledge and  experience of its dedicated staff.  To  celebrate the opening, Guitar  Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend  featuring exclusive savings, gear  giveaways and free events tailored to  local musicians. The opening of  the Wilmington, Delaware store marks  Guitar Center’s fifth store opening  in 2011 and further underscores  Guitar Center’s ongoing expansion  nationwide.

Located  at 5141 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington,  Delaware 19803 (a no sales tax  zone), the retailer’s newest location  features well-equipped showrooms  with the latest products for the  musician, from guitars, amplifiers,  percussion instruments and keyboards  to live sound, DJ, lighting and  recording equipment. In addition to  special Grand Opening Weekend  programming, early shoppers also enjoyed  exclusive savings throughout  opening weekend, with deals that included  guitar and drum essentials at  up to 88% off list price.

The  store also features GC Garage, offering on-site  guitar repair  services. Throughout opening weekend, musicians were able  to test drive  the Garage for free, with any guitar purchased at Guitar  Center  Wilmington Grand Opening night getting a free, 22-point  personalized  set-up.

Building  on their ongoing initiatives designed to  educate and inspire artists  nationwide, Guitar Center in Wilmington  offers unique opportunities for  musicians to craft their skills,  maintain their instruments and  experience many aspects of the music  industry first-hand. Musicians  interested in learning the many facets of  home recording were invited  to participate in a free workshop with  Avid, the makers of popular  recording software Pro Tools, on Saturday,  June 18, at 1:00 p.m.  They  were also able to interact with and pick the  brain of metal gods Derek  Roddy and Marcus Henderson as they shared  their experiences and  insights during special Guitar Center Sessions  events. Opening night  also featured a performance from IKE.

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

•  Your Next Record gives artists a chance to  record with some of the top  recording artists in the country, including  legendary guitarist Slash,  country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon  Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered  bands the  opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to  share a  stage with their idols.  The most recent On-Stage competition  features  Jane’s Addiction, for more info go to   http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

•  Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the  Blues are  national competitions that highlight local talent from across  the  country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win   incredible prize packages.

Guitar  Center Wilmington is open seven days a week.  Store hours are 11 a.m.  to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8  p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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