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  1. Ian T

    Ian T Tele-Afflicted

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    Last week they reopened Guitar Centers in our parts. It's one of the regular stops I like to do with my 12 year old daughter so we were happy things were beginning to return to normal.

    To get in, a mask is required. They have a line in front of the store with markings for social distancing where people were lined up.

    Once you get in, an associate escorts you through the store. Anything you wish to demo must be first sanitized by the associate. Takes the fun out of it, IMO, having a salesman and line of people waiting for you to do your business.

    Yesterday there were 6 parties in front of us in line. We waited 25 minutes during which time the line moved up one space. I couldn't bear to waste any more time and left.
     
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    My god, that sounds awful. I'll continue buying online.
     
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    The retail business is a tough model these days. Guitar center can survive on-line maybe. Smaller shops - not sure how they can get enough customers to keep it going.
     
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    Yet ANOTHER reason to stay away from GC.
    ( I'm totally petty and bitter about GC's existence)
     
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    I just got this badboy (Framus Idolmaker) out of GC yesterday
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    I got a screamin deal on it, and when it showed up, I saw why, the pickup selector switch needed replacing :p
    Dropped it off to get fixed up just before they shut everything down, happy to have it back out of quarantine now. It's awesome
     
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    Glad they are staying safe.
     
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    I'll continue to order stuff online.
     
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    Yeah, come to think about I never did see anybody that was working at guitar center that didn’t seem like they really needed the job so hopefully those guys can make some money…
     
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    I applaud their efforts but not their methods. Selling musical instruments is more challenging than selling a TV.
    How can you sanitize an instrument?
     
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    maybe .... just maybe, being around apparently "healthy looking people " is still very dangerous . that's just a hunch
    we don't get infected from the goldfish in the bowl or the canary in the cage.

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    I’m bummed I can’t go to my local guitar store (Dave’s), where I would spend a lot of time usually once a week. But at the same time, I’ll probably hold off until things are actually back to normal for real. Which may be quite some time, unfortunately.

    My hobby of cruising guitar stores (and buying stuff, I’m no tire kicker!) may just not be feasible any time soon without the additional measures that take the fun out of the experience.

    Which for health and safety reasons, it’s needed, I get it. Still a bummer.
     
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    I normally spend most of my GC visits fending off salesmen. Being 'escorted' around by one sounds like purgatory. No thanks.
     
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    Happen to know if they are buying used gear? I have a Korean Guild archtop that I want to offload.
     
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    I'm going to give everything another month to see what happens ?
     
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    I like this.
    Having an attending concierge, to escort you through the store, get guitars down from the wall, sanitizing, plugging in, helping you dime the controls on the amp, and encouraging go-cat-go
    THAT may be the business model to rescue GC!
    ;)

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    GC is one of those companies that was already on the edge, and the pandemic may just hasten their inevitable demise (or radical change in strategy). The only thing that has allowed them to survive this long is they owe so much money to other companies like Fender that they are almost "too big to fail"-- the whole music industry works to find them lenders so they can stay afloat.
     
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    I get a kick out of folks saying things like, ".....beginning to return to normal".
    Just WHAT definition of the word normal are you looking at? My edition of Webster's is a little different.
     
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    Considering a healthy looking person can spread IT around
     
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    I’m not going out till it’s down to zero
     
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