I Went To A Guitar Center Last Week

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My sister was in town, so I was entertaining my nephew while she visited mom. He is 16 and a guitar play, so I took him to a Guitar Center in the west side of Cleveland.

The inventory is back up; there was not blank wall space, but almost everything they had was sub $1000 guitars, and most of that was sub $600. There were amps out, nothing high end, and no Tone masters. It's as if the store went down market to beginner gear. I am starting to see this all over - lots of intro / less expensive guitars, not much else.

We were both pulling things down, trying them out. My nephew looked at a Jaguar, and was wondering if it would be OK if he gave it a try. I told him "You are with me, and I'm a middle-aged plus guy in a dress shirt. They are not going to tell me 'No'." I just kept handing him anything he found interesting.

My nephew needed strings - they did not have any Ernie Ball 10s in stock. Odd.

Overall, an odd experience. Maybe the lockdown meant they sold a lot of less expensive units, and they are reacting to the market?
 

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I’ve been to GC twice in the past two weeks, the first time to buy D’Addario EXL110W nickel wound strings with a wound G to try. I went back a second time to buy the rest of them off the rack. It was a good day. Barnes and Noble is across the parking lot with no line in the coffee shop. I got a triple tall latte, the closest thing here to an Australian flat white.
 

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I try and stay out of GC and any other GAS inducing locale.
I will admit that do stop by GC occasionally and the last few times I just had to…I walked out really sad. Last November I drove to the NOLA GC to do some Christmas shopping. I bought a Martin Guitars T-Shirt. Only thing in the whole store that was of any interest.

Glad to hear things are looking up.
Kinda.
 

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I'm definitely 100% naive about running a biz, but maybe GC is just stocking items ( budget) that folks right now, can afford?

I don't go to GC, but with my budget,.I'd be happy if most everything in the store was on the cheaper side (assuming not junk)
 

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My sister was in town, so I was entertaining my nephew while she visited mom. He is 16 and a guitar play, so I took him to a Guitar Center in the west side of Cleveland.

The inventory is back up; there was not blank wall space, but almost everything they had was sub $1000 guitars, and most of that was sub $600. There were amps out, nothing high end, and no Tone masters. It's as if the store went down market to beginner gear. I am starting to see this all over - lots of intro / less expensive guitars, not much else.

We were both pulling things down, trying them out. My nephew looked at a Jaguar, and was wondering if it would be OK if he gave it a try. I told him "You are with me, and I'm a middle-aged plus guy in a dress shirt. They are not going to tell me 'No'." I just kept handing him anything he found interesting.

My nephew needed strings - they did not have any Ernie Ball 10s in stock. Odd.

Overall, an odd experience. Maybe the lockdown meant they sold a lot of less expensive units, and they are reacting to the market?
You might want to head down 77 to the GC in Fairlawn. I got to play this all original 1967 Telecaster last week. I’m so glad I had the chance to play my birth year Tele!
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Unfortunately it’s a bit out of my price range.
 

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The high(er) end electrics are in a small expensive room. Our local GC keeps the $1500 plus guitars and amps in there. If you don’t see something just ask. I don’t know if they all have a pricey room, but ours does.
 

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You might want to head down 77 to the GC in Fairlawn. I got to play this all original 1967 Telecaster last week. I’m so glad I had the chance to play my birth year Tele!
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Unfortunately it’s a bit out of my price range.

That GC is actually a bit closer to where I live. My sister was staying up by the CLE airport.
 

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Yes - the big one in Southfield MI is much the same .

Fill an empty store full of shipping container firewood.

The acoustic room ? Sooooo much crap.

The tiny “good” room ? Half a dozen numbskull overly flamey LP’s and overpriced 70’s champs and Mustang basses.

The rest of the store packed with import Gretsch’s and the like.

They did have a new Martin I have been wanting to check out but the rest of the store bummed me out so much I just wanted to leave - and did.
 

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My local store used to sit around the $200-$500 mark on guitars and a couple months ago when I dropped in to pick up the last unopened Headrush MX5 they had in stock before prices went up 25%, they had upped their game with a lot of Duesenbergs and nicer Schecter and Gretsch stuff. There was one Tonemaster on the floor which is the one they'd ship you as NIB if you wanted one 🤣
 

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My local GC seems to have everything. Tons tons tons of inventory. Stacks of boxes everywhere all the time. Like 6 months worth of boats from China got unloaded all at once.

They seem to have high-end stuff, as long as you're looking for Strats and Les Pauls. But yes, mostly $500-$1,000 guitars, which I suppose is the sweet spot for the average consumer. Lots of amps, too, as long as you want a Fender.
 




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