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Played some rocksmith for half an hour or so last night. Was pretty entertaining although I was only playing single notes and my picking skills are super rusty. All of my recent playing has been strumming chords on an acoustic (or playing Dispatch's 'The General' which, oddly, I can pretty much still play straight from muscle memory).

At the very least, it got my guitar out of its bag.
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I just read that Guitar Center has 1.6 Billion dollars in debt that has come due. It is already at junk status and some of their suppliers have put them on a credit hold. Imagine the impact on Gibson, Fender and others if they can't service their debt?


http://thetoneking.com/wp/life-support-how-long-until-they-pull-the-plug-on-guitar-center/
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I just read that Guitar Center has 1.6 Billion dollars in debt that has come due. It is already at junk status and some of their suppliers have put them on a credit hold. Imagine the impact on Gibson, Fender and others if they can't service their debt?


http://thetoneking.com/wp/life-support-how-long-until-they-pull-the-plug-on-guitar-center/

MAYBE DERK CAN KOP AN L5 FOR FITTAY BUCKS?!?! lol8[1].gif
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I just read that Guitar Center has 1.6 Billion dollars in debt that has come due. It is already at junk status and some of their suppliers have put them on a credit hold. Imagine the impact on Gibson, Fender and others if they can't service their debt?


http://thetoneking.com/wp/life-support-how-long-until-they-pull-the-plug-on-guitar-center/

I wonder if the bondholders would accept vintage guitars at liquidation?
post #1250 of 4698
The GC debt was likely a major consideration when Fender dropped their IPO efforts last year.
post #1251 of 4698
Makes sense.
post #1252 of 4698
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Makes sense.

I really couldnt name one person that i know who shops at GC. I think ive picked up a set of strings or some sticks in a pinch, but its rare. However, they have a damn good inventory...and I know a lot of people will drop in and check out guitars and gear and buy them elsewhere. its a good place to look at stuff to get an idea what you may want, but not a great place to buy IMHO
post #1253 of 4698
Haven't actually bought a guitar in a very long time, but I dropped into a guitar center a couple of weeks ago to pick up a last minute harmonica holder.

Relatively small urban location but they still had quite a lot of stuff. Some used things and a bunch of new...much of which seemed to be marked at pretty good prices. I don't know enough about different models to say for sure, but I held a few SGs and les pauls (gibson, not epiphone) at prices that I thought were really low.
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GC can sometimes be very competitive price-wise for vintage guitars. Do not try to trade though, their trade in value sucks. But I got my '58 Strat from GC.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Haven't actually bought a guitar in a very long time, but I dropped into a guitar center a couple of weeks ago to pick up a last minute harmonica holder.

Relatively small urban location but they still had quite a lot of stuff. Some used things and a bunch of new...much of which seemed to be marked at pretty good prices. I don't know enough about different models to say for sure, but I held a few SGs and les pauls (gibson, not epiphone) at prices that I thought were really low.

their prices are pretty well below MSRP for new. But maybe its because of where i live...the smaller locally owned shops are where most people buy new....for me personally, i dont like GC because its too big and always busy.....and the staff is always busy with someone or something else.
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Originally Posted by origenesprit View Post

GC can sometimes be very competitive price-wise for vintage guitars. Do not try to trade though, their trade in value sucks. But I got my '58 Strat from GC.

very true. The vintage room here is absolutely incredible. And they do allow some wiggle room in the asking price on the vintage ones.
and yeah...they really thrive on fucking you on trade in.
post #1256 of 4698
Ok gang, your sleuthing ability is required!

What do we have here?



I see a Gibson GA-50t, a Vox AC30, what is probably a Supro Thunderbolt (is it?), and then a... Valco? What is that fourth amp? And is it a Supro Thunderbolt or is it something else?

You can all probably guess who this is.

EDIT: ok it's a silvertone, so not a valco... what kind?

EDIT 2: ok, it's a 1432. So... guess it's all figured out then! Assuming the other one is a Thunderbolt.
post #1257 of 4698
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GC can sometimes be very competitive price-wise for vintage guitars. Do not try to trade though, their trade in value sucks. But I got my '58 Strat from GC.

Not the NYC GC.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

Not the NYC GC.

The other GC's have better deals, yeah. Though I've seen a few good deals in the NYC GC, usually on the middle wall or the one to the right of it.
post #1259 of 4698
When I was there with Gome they had a 56 LP Custom for $30k. I see them go on ebay for about $11-$13K
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

I really couldnt name one person that i know who shops at GC. I think ive picked up a set of strings or some sticks in a pinch, but its rare. However, they have a damn good inventory...and I know a lot of people will drop in and check out guitars and gear and buy them elsewhere. its a good place to look at stuff to get an idea what you may want, but not a great place to buy IMHO

I've bought several guitars from them, both new and used. If you time your purchase well (coupons + when they are really trying to move stuff), you can get a great deal on new gear. I didn't get killer deals on the two used guitars I bought (my CS 60s Strat and my Gibson R7 Goldtop), but since I had the ability to play them extensively before the purchase it was well worth it.

Another thing that a lot of people don't know is that the prices on the high end stuff at Musician's Friend is somewhat negotiable. I actually got what was effectively a 15% discount on my Two Rock Classic Reverb, not something you'd be able to do from most boutique dealers.
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