Anyone visited Sweetwater in person?

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  1. OzShadow

    OzShadow Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    i was thinking of making a trip there. How is it in person? If I want to play a specific Strat on their website can I?
     
  2. Deeve

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    If somebody has, please answer this question:
    is the candy bowl out in the public area?

    (asking for a friend)
     
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    I've never visited in person, but I'm thinking of calling them every month just to let them know I'm not interested in buying anything.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  5. Mike Eskimo

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    They kicked us out of Indiana in ‘67 (I was born there).

    Not going back.

    Plus, I enjoy the 1 day shipping where I am and going there defeats the entire purpose of “click, click - get.”
     
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    As the Fender and Gibson websites are quite basic, I often go to the Sweetwater site to ogle guitars. They really do a good job of selling those things. If I lived in the States, I would be bankrupt by now. If I went there in person, I don’t think I’d ever leave.
     
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    I'm about 90 minutes away and love that place. It's WAY more than a music store. Make the trip. You can play any instrument they have in stock, they just have to get it from the warehouse for you.
     
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    I advised the son of a band mate on a Sweetwater purchase.

    Classic Series Tele.

    Sweetwater website showed 4 and their serial numbers.

    3 were over 8 lbs and one was 7 lbs even.

    I told him - get the 7 lb one and make sure serial number is that one .

    I finally played his new guitar the other day.

    It wasn’t 7 lbs.

    Well, if he doesn’t care, I don’t...
     
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    I bought a Strat from them a few years ago (2012?), turned out to have a broken truss rod, so I drove down there to exchange it. My sales guy gave me a tour, that place is huge. They've added on since then.

    You don't need an appointment, they have a showroom. Have fun.
     
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    My wife, who is NOT a musician, has traveled to Ft. Wayne, IN, several times for work. Alas, I have never been able to go with her. But I always ask her, did you go to SW? More as a joke, but she's always like, Huh?
     
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    For some reason I thought it was right outside of Indy and I have a sister in Bloomington, so occasionally fly in and out of Indy. So I figured I'd stop by on one of those trips one day. Then I saw how far it is from Indy and vowed that if I'm ever in Ft. Wayne, I'd go check it out. Hasn't happened yet. Can't imagine it ever will...
     
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    Hour and a half north of Indy. Interstate all the way though.
     
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    It is pretty a pretty fun stop. They have a cafeteria, a coffee shop and a some games too. Lots of people around to help you out. Much more fun/relaxed than a guitar center. Not sure I would make a trip just to go there though, I stop on my way to Michigan. There isn’t much else to do in the area.
     
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    Board games that go with the coffee shop, or stuff like air hockey and video games? I don't think I've ever eaten at a guitar shop, although I think those huge shops in Germany have cafeterias.
     
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    Hmm...it's a music store, they're pretty well all the same. On Saturday mornings you'll hear kids playing the Smoke on the Water riff ad nauseam.
     
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    They have a sort of arcade. Skee-Ball, Gold simulation, pool table.
    This sort of explains it.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/careers/culture/
     
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    I would recommend Chicago Music Exchange over Sweetwater. They don't call you every month and they have a zillion guitars to gaze at and try out.Very helpful staff if you need them and very absent if you don't.

    I have been to both. Sweetwater has flash and CME has the stock and laid back, friendly, atmosphere. It is very overwhelming the amount of instruments available at CME. You better have a good idea what you want or you may be overwhelmed with all the options at CME.
     
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    We're about 45 min away, go over pretty often, and I would agree with this.

    D.H.
     
  19. Larry F

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    I was there for an electronic music conference. The tech guys were strange, in that they tried to show off the features of a mixer or whatever while rehearsing my piece. I remember asking for three mixer inputs: 2 for the electronic fixed media and 1 for a live flute player on stage. Since time immemorial, setups like this have been standard for music like this. But the tech guy wanted to show my how we could do it with two faders only. Both faders were for audio, and one of them could be switched to the flute mic. "All you have to do is..." I insisted and got the three inputs, but he sure pouted about it and got snippy.

    The place was great, just as described by others above.
     
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    Where do you try out electrics? Is everyone playing just in one spot?
     
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