- Jul 3, 2012
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I live in a city of 215k people. Not big, but not small. We had 3 guitar stores before GC came along 12 years ago. When they first opened it was such a blessing. Selection for everything was huge, no signs on the expensive guitars that read "serious buyers only".I put zero stock in the information that comes out of the mouths of the employees at GC. If there are guys that you know well and trust to be knowledgeable at your local store then that's one thing, but that's certainly not the case here. It's exactly as others have said, they'll say anything to steer you toward the product they want to sell. They always seem to assume that I don't know a guitar from a groundhog, and then it's just blah, blah, blah...
But the knowledge level was piss poor. Those guys couldn't tell a p90 from a lace sensor. You couldn't discuss anything about guitars beyond color.
The 3 guitar shops closed within a few years. Fast forward to today, GC has turned 1/3 of the retail floorspace into lesson rooms. This didn't effect guitar selection, but accessories. They have a much smaller selection of strings, pedals, pickups, etc.
The other thing is, they make the good stuff a pain to try out. LPs are strictly behind the counter, so you have to get an employee. And if you want to try a nice LP, they're fu**ing 30ft in the air. It's almost not worth the hassle. So you end up looking at cheaper stuff.
Black Friday is the only time I've seen great deals there. But I have gotten killer deals when people are there selling guitars. Lol. If they have something nice I just wait until no employees are there and tell them "I'll give you $50 more than they offer." Works every time.