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icantbuyafender

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yeah, local GC and the better shop, Sound Vibrations, have yet to get a single '14 MM in. Only LPJs and SGJs. everything else is whats been there for god knows how long. Though sound Vibes does get in stock steadily and has much better variety among brands like gretch and Rickenbacker as well as G&L, Charvell, etc.

The GC here has some guy that saw me playing a casino and chatted me up about it. Talking gear is pretty cool, but i wish more guys who KNEW gear got hired. just abuncha hipsters and dimebag clones. either pretentiously scoffing at people or too busy shredding on an ibanez to help customers

...and the DJ equipment... oh, the DJ equipment. GC here has soo much and hired abuncha those types that they farmed out to the guitar floor that dont know that type of product.
 

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I can't seem to find any decent family owned shops in South Florida, so I usually stick to GC or sometimes Sam Ash. I find the people at Sam Ash to be much less pushy, and are more open to letting you just stop in and try stuff out. GC has some helpful, polite employees but also has one salesmen who gets pissy when I don't buy something, or decide to return something. I don't like the "If you're not giving me money, then I'm not going to help you" attitude I sometimes get when I go there. But in terms of price and inventory, you really can't beat GC, at least around here. I also don't like when salesmen try and take advantage of me. I'm a fairly new player but I'm not a complete idiot and I'm aware that just because an item is priced higher doesn't always make it "better" than something that's less expensive. I also hate when they say "That's the cheapest you'll find that guitar!" when I saw it at another store for the same price lol.
 

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"yea, i use dr pure nickel strings" "oh man, we had a case of them, had to throw them out because they sucked".
"i have throbak pickups, they sound great" "we used to carry them, but they constantly broke."
"i have been using analogman pedals, they usually nail the vintage sound i am looking for" "that guy is an asshole, we have digitech pedals, they are way better"
"no thanks man, just replace the pot, i do my own setups" "maybe, but you are probably doing them wrong. thats why the pot broke"

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hey all,

I'd like to know what makes your guitar store of choice Special for you. is it the Service, the products or whatever... just curious :)

shoot

The people working in it..
 

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There is nothing I like about either stores we have here.
GC stinks, the other mom and pop shop has no guitars over $500, and mostly junk stuff anyway.
 

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Guitar Showcase in San Jose is my favorite store. I really like the people and always get a good deal when I buy something. For selection they have the imports through a healthy selection of top shelf Gibbies, Fenders and PRS. Plus they have their museum of classic guitars that is just a blast to drool over.
 

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For me it's Musician's Friend and Sweetwater. I almost never go to our local GC. Not knocking it, but I've just had very good experiences purchasing from these two sources. :io:
 

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Inventory, and the fact that I have a contact, so I get all my gear at a significant discount.
 

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For me it's Musician's Friend and Sweetwater.

Both of those places are great - but when I buy something on-line, I find myself going to AMS more-often-than-not . . . their payment-plan options really help to soften the bite of a purchase.
 

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AMS is definitely where I am shopping if I need to put something on a payment plan....12 months to pay off something interest free? Count me in.. We have a great brick n mortar in Salt Lake City though: Guitar Czar. The customer service and attention to detail is second to none, really try and work with you on trade-ins, and its a fun shop to shoot the breeze in. Really welcoming to me when I first moved to the area, very involved in promoting the local music scene as well, these guys are the best plain and simple. (no affiliation, just a fiercely loyal customer)
 

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I pay more for local. When I need them I need them. They might not have what I want, but I am more willing to wait because I know Im supporting people in my local town, and in turn they give it back to me in the service. That is what justifies sometimes higher cost and wait times. Also you can't beat guys who knew me when I started playing over 12 years ago and still greet me by name when I walk into the store after 4 years of college.
 

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Hey USAPatriot , I live in Bryan also. I think the Guitar Center here is the exception, I hear ALOT of bad stuff on here about G.C. but the ppl that work there are pretty good, haven't had a bad experience yet and the customer service there is very good, at least for me anyway. Adam the guitar tech is decent at what he does also
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I was actually in there again this afternoon for a guitar stand and their stands are a disorganized mess of bagged rods and tubes but the inventory guy helped me go through the whole mess for about 20-25 minutes before we found the one I wanted. It was a $26 stand but he still put in the time necessary to get me the one I wanted. And of course I looked at their Les Pauls. They have some really good deals there but it seems like there's often a strategically placed sticker over the price, which they should do away with. It also seems like their better stock is higher up, which is hard on the neck but I suppose it keeps the guitars from being ruined by the students that come in and camp out, playing a half dozen guitars, none of which they'll be buying. Maybe my eyes are getting older...well, I know they are...but it seems like the pick guards on the traditionals have shrunk over the years. I've only owned one, a long time ago, but the PG's looked tiny compared to what my memory says they should have looked like. Still, if I'd had 10 grand in my pocket I could have walked out with 2 or 3 Les Pauls, easy. Really nice stuff on the walls! -Rod-
 

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AMS is definitely where I am shopping if I need to put something on a payment plan....12 months to pay off something interest free? Count me in.. We have a great brick n mortar in Salt Lake City though: Guitar Czar. The customer service and attention to detail is second to none, really try and work with you on trade-ins, and its a fun shop to shoot the breeze in. Really welcoming to me when I first moved to the area, very involved in promoting the local music scene as well, these guys are the best plain and simple. (no affiliation, just a fiercely loyal customer)

zZounds also has a 12-month payment plan, no interest, and no credit check. You just need to make the first payment with the purchase. Since 2010 I've probably spent 5 grand at AMS and 3 grand at zZounds. If AMS doesn't have THE guitar you want, try zZounds, or visa versa. -Rod-
 

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