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I already told this one on the Thread Where I Say, but I went to a creepy guitar store last night. I've been looking for this one particular amp that I want to get, and this was one of four places in Chicago that is an official distributor. So we (Sarah and I) drove over there, and it was in this weird industrial area, on this back street behind some warehouses and factories. We drove around the block once without finding it, then I called on my cell phone and they told me where it was. There was an unmarked gate that we had to be buzzed through to get to the parking lot. The store itself was upstairs in this loft space, and it was pretty nice, but it was chock-full of rare and/or handmade guitars and amps. We had accidently stumbled into the home base of the guitar snobs. Nothing was priced. The guys there were even snottier than the average guitar store guy. I had the guy set me up with the amp I wanted to try, and after I made some remark like "I think this is the amp I want but I wanted to try it before I shell out the cash," he said something about how he was surprised they even carried it because it was so cheap. Then what was funny was the first one I tried had a cracked speaker, so I had to make him go get me another one. I ended up not buying it because they had marked it up like $30 or $40 more than I've seen it anywhere else.

NA (Nick A.), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

always fun to play the "find in 60 seconds the bored girlfriend of the guy WAY TOO EAGER to be in a Guitar Center" game.

Kingfish Disraeli (Kingfish), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

When I go to the guitar store with Sarah, it's more fun to play the Count the Ways the Guitar Store Guys Can Condescend to the Guitar-Playing Girlfriend.

NA (Nick A.), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

my dad bought me an amp as a college graduation present, and the guy who helped us at the store was a total long-haired, bearded, stereotypical guitar center dork. he made a monty python joke. after we left dad said, "those people are kind of strange, huh?".

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

always fun to play the "find in 60 seconds the bored girlfriend of the guy WAY TOO EAGER to be in a Guitar Center" game.

I like that one only slightly less than "plug in near the kid who is playing the same nu-metal riff over and over and start solo-ing over him with the most outlandish and noodly shit you can play."

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

My favorite guitar store of all time is At0mic Music in College Park, MD. I used to go there in high school, and it was in this tiny little house. Then in my junior or senior year, they moved into a bigger space and added a bunch of cool stuff. Last time I went, they had bought the space next door and turned into this awesome gigantic vendor of cool musical shit. The best things about that place: the totally low pressure sales staff who would leave you alone unless you asked for help, and would not converse with you while helping unless you asked a question; and the fact that they only sold used equipment.

NA (Nick A.), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

Also I really dig knowing more about gear than the guys who work there and catching them making shit up... This happens most frequently at places where the employees get some kind of comission.

Unfortunately most of the guitar places in or around Nashville don't have very good prices given that the number of guitar players per capita is so high in that area. I haven't really scoped out Seattle since I moved here.

Br0adway Music in Nashville is pretty cool since they sell used stuff at decent prices. A few times I've managed to get used stuff at low enough prices there to turn it around on eaby for a significant profit. (I am a pedal junkie who plays a lot of them in the process of finding the keepers.)

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 20:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Dude... you GOT to check out these new Schecters... totally SICK tone, especially through the Boogie! I don't know, let me go ask my manager abou that."

andy, Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

Me: "How long is the delay on that pedal?"

Them: "You want to plug it and bust out some riffs?"

Me: "No, I need to know how long the delay is. I don't need to know what a guitar sounds like through it."

Them: "You don't need .. to know .. what .. a guitar .. *HEAD EXPLODES* "

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

ha ha

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

When I bought my Pod a few years ago (I've got the old Pod 2.0), the employee I dealt with sang it's praises highly as a recording tool. Not a month later I was in the same store buying an amp, and the same guy was telling someone else what a piece of shit all modelling amps were, specifically ragging on the Pod.

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

I used to enjoy that moment post-Nevermind where everyone in Guitar Center was playing some riff from the album, "Come As You Are" especially. And by "moment" I actually mean "eight or nine years."

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

You mean Killing Joke right?

Alex0r in NYC! (gygax!), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

O MAN I was running the other night and heard this song on the radio that they play every 5 minutes or so and though .. hey that sounds like Dicky Barrett .. did the Bosstones drop the horns!!? NO IT WAS FUCKING KILLING JOKE

God. After all this time wondering what they sounded like ... DICKY BARRETT?!?!?!?!

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 22:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

I am forever going to picture Alex in Nyc in a suit skanking.

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 22:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

7 years pass...

in NYC

what are the best ones

Rivington? Matt Umanov?

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 30 April 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

You mean Ludlow?

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess you mean Rivington? Never actually went in there.

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't really been to a Manhattan guitar shop for years. My last couple of music store trips have been to Main Drag. But this is all basically for a rec for a friend of a friend coming from out of the country, and I don't want to send him to Williamsburg just to buy a telecaster.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink


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