#1
So pit, i'm lookin to get a job at my local guitar shop downtown since I get all my stuff from that one place. But are there any cons to workin' at one?
#4
If you give good advice, you´d sell nothing and get fired right away.
Guitar shops are for salesmen and not musicians.
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#5
The pay probably isn't great and it's a shop so you have to work with people and sell things
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#7
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It depends.


Have you checked out the new Spider series?


, however personally I'm not one for Line 6.
#9
They're not as flexible with hours compared to regular job like working at a gorcery store. I think most of them look for people who can work full time, people not in school.
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, however personally I'm not one for Line 6.


That's what I'm saying. You'll have to be.
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#13
I worked at L.A Music (guitar shop in the GTA) for a summer once...I hated it, I did all the bitch work and most of the guys there were douchebags. The pay was also brutal, and I didn't get any discounts.
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That's what I'm saying. You'll have to be.


Hey not everything from Line 6 is garbage. My pod x3 is amazing!
#15
If it's a mom and pop shop, go for it. Can't say much about Guitar Center though.
#16
I applied for a job at my local guitar shop, really hoping I get it. I don't see any real cons about it. It's something I enjoy doing and know quite a lot about. Hopefully I'll get hired and will learn even more about guitars and all the stuff I don't know quite as much about like amps, effects and other instruments.
Plus it would be really convenient for picking up new strings and such seeing as you could just buy them on your break or something.
Then there's also the most important factor (in my opinion); which is that you know your coworkers will have some interests in common and you wont get stuck working with someone you can't stand.
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#17
if you can keep a straight face when saying "a squier is an amazing investment" then they should hire you immediately.
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#18
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Hey not everything from Line 6 is garbage. My pod x3 is amazing!

http://line6.com/jm4looper/ And this.

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if you can keep a straight face when saying "a squier is an amazing investment" then they should hire you immediately.


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#19
Quote by Matthew2012

Plus it would be really convenient for picking up new strings and such seeing as you could just buy them on your break or something.
Then there's also the most important factor (in my opinion); which is that you know your coworkers will have some interests in common and you wont get stuck working with someone you can't stand.


That's what I was thinking, I'm either going for a guitar shop or a local record shop
I haven't decided yet.
#20
Quote by Dawnwalker

Guitar shops are for salesmen and not musicians.


This. I worked at one for a little while, i quit after the manager told me that i was being negative about the guitars people were interested in.

Basically this kid had come in with his dad, and dad said he wanted to get his first electric guitar. I stopped them from buying some second hand westfield strat, which was in awful condition, and instead turned them to a better condition one which was only marginally more expensive (about a fiver). The first had been completely thrashed, volume control was iffy, input jack lose as hell (easy to fix but the dad said he wasn't confident with messing with it and would rather pay a bit more for one in better condition), and awful buzzing around the 8th fret due to it's shoddy action.

Manager said this was "unnecessarily negative" and "continually doing so would mean my stability in the job would be at risk"...I quit, disgusted that he was willing to rip people off with something as personal and expensive as a guitar.

I wouldn't work in one again to be honest, other than tutoring. But then again, your shop might not be owned by a douche, so it might be really good.
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#21
Why do guitar shops push line 6 amps but not peavys? My peavey Vypyr is amazing, and it has to be better than that line 6.
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#22
You'd have to say "Yer i've got one of those there not bad" even if the dude has a Squire.
#24
dont work at a guitar place man...

when i was 16- 19... I worked at a restaurant.... you can make decent money at a restaurant... i would always come home with $100 in tips, on a normal night, and $200 in tips on a great one.

Me working as a Economic intern now, I make less money than when I worked at the restaurant but I kinda need this job since I am majoring in Economics
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#25
I might find a record shop then, probably won't be any better than a guitar place, but atleast I'll be surrounded by music I like
#26
do you enjoy constantly answering all of the stupid questions that come up in the various instrument and gear dedicated sub-forums here? If not working in a guitar shop is probably not for you.
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#27
It's a job - there are always downsides. When I worked in pornography, I did my back in no end o'times.

Seriously, just don't get caught up in the whole process of selling stuff you don't believe in. Guitar shops can get by without selling Line6 Spider IV's, they can. You don't need to tell a 10 year old it's a genius piece of equipment so that your position in front of the manager improves. Sell what you believe in. If you believe in it, an intelligent customer will see your belief and buy into your enthusiasm.
#28
Quote by Todd Hart
This. I worked at one for a little while, i quit after the manager told me that i was being negative about the guitars people were interested in.

Basically this kid had come in with his dad, and dad said he wanted to get his first electric guitar. I stopped them from buying some second hand westfield strat, which was in awful condition, and instead turned them to a better condition one which was only marginally more expensive (about a fiver). The first had been completely thrashed, volume control was iffy, input jack lose as hell (easy to fix but the dad said he wasn't confident with messing with it and would rather pay a bit more for one in better condition), and awful buzzing around the 8th fret due to it's shoddy action.

Manager said this was "unnecessarily negative" and "continually doing so would mean my stability in the job would be at risk"...I quit, disgusted that he was willing to rip people off with something as personal and expensive as a guitar.

I wouldn't work in one again to be honest, other than tutoring. But then again, your shop might not be owned by a douche, so it might be really good.


WOW!
I'm ver surprised at the reaction of your boss. Normally I would have expected him to praise you for selling the more expensive instrument....
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#29
I think you'll have problems with a large company but the one I'm going for is run by a mother and son and they're both nice people and the guy knows a hell of a lot more about guitars than the average guitar shop clerk.

Get to know the people who would be hiring you first and decide whether you'd like to work for them and whether they're focussed too much on sales.

One thing, if they keep a close eye on you when you're trying out guitars then don't bother. The place I'm applying for left me alone with the guitars and an amp and gave me permission to try anything I wanted and wasn't making a fuss of detailing why a certain guitar is better than others or any of that shit I've experienced in guitar shops before.

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WOW!
I'm ver surprised at the reaction of your boss. Normally I would have expected him to praise you for selling the more expensive instrument....
The world no a days


Ah, but the profit margin on a second hand guitar is much higher. Especially if it was only 5 less than a new one and was in terrible condition. Possibly making near 100% profit.
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#30
The guys at my local guitar shop are pretty awesome. When i was still an idiot of guitar i was trying out electric guitars and i saw a fender amp and I'm like woa fender can i try that out ( it was a fender frontman like 20w or smth ) and the sales guy said i wouldn't, you won't be impressed by it's quality. The owner of the shop is really cool to. As far as i know, everyone who works at that shop is the same band. Oh yeah, why the owner is cool. Well first off hes a cool guy, i think he's the drummer of the band but i saw him do some nice shred on guitar and sweet bluesy stuff. Also he knows ALOT. Everything he sells he has examined, knows how it works and always in detail explains the cons and pros of one product. Disregards that, he knows how to be a good salesman aswell. Often when i come for picks i end up looking at guitars with him and trying them out.

I'd love to work for the guitar shop here, the atmosphere there is awesome ( lots of sexy instruments and there's this beautiful fireplace ), instruments all around of all different kinds, I'd just sit on my ass and play all day, except when there's a customer that is interested in something.


P.S As far as i saw, there are NO Spider III's here. But also no Vypyrs