#1
So.....as everyone may know, best buy started a music department 2 years ago.....never seen a legit one till today. i went to guitar center first, and played the usual, salesman pitching a spider in the corner, old guitar vet playing a blues JR, and me trying to play a MIM strat with a broken input jack and horrible cable frizzing like hell on a 6505+ combo. tried 3 different guitars, all 3 played horribly, had sticky fretboards, and this schecter i swear had 11's on it and was tunes to standard and it was horribly setup.....

Moving along, i ventured to best buy and saw a whole music section takeing up like 1/5th of the store. i walk in, pretty nice selection, and i see this little demo room in the back where i found a marshal jcm2000 fullstack DDD. pickups up a schecter (they seem to have a lot there) but it was missing a G string o.0 continues with an epi LP. the guitar played beutifully, felt like it had brand new strings and was set up amazingly and all the guitars looked taken care of.

only problem with the best buy music section is that their selection is really lacking. all i saw was some teles, strats, schecters, and epi's. they have only 1 gibson custom in stock, showcase upp high.

aaanyyyway, would u guys go to an electronics store to get your gear? o.0 seems liek they took care of the gear way more
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#2
I bought my Hot Rod Deluxe a few weeks ago from a Best Buy. They gave me a deal on it because they were trying to clear out room for the new HRD III's they had coming in. And I saw a Hagstrom there, which I've never seen at GC. Their amp selection was a little limited, but at least the people working there weren't assholes.
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#3
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I bought my Hot Rod Deluxe a few weeks ago from a Best Buy. They gave me a deal on it because they were trying to clear out room for the new HRD III's they had coming in. And I saw a Hagstrom there, which I've never seen at GC. Their amp selection was a little limited, but at least the people working there weren't assholes.


yea, but i forgot to mention, these guys were overstocked with spider halfstacks o.0 but i was suprised to see a Bogner lying around.
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#4
Saw one best buy with a guitar section in Florida when I was there.

Wasn't the greatest in terms of selection, but I didn't have time to play anything anyways. They had nice amps out though, which is more than I can say for any guitar place around here.
#5
i just think anyone that lets you plug into a fullstack gets a +1
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#6
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only problem with the best buy music section is that their selection is really lacking. all i saw was some teles, strats, schecters, and epi's. they have only 1 gibson custom in stock, showcase upp high.

aaanyyyway, would u guys go to an electronics store to get your gear? o.0 seems liek they took care of the gear way more


Yeah if they had something I wanted in stock and it was in good condition.

I'm lucky in that while it's not really a boutique guitar store, They do specialize in guitars and drums they have things separated by price points.

The lower and higher end stuff are in their own rooms and they do a really good job of keeping things separated.

You're not going to find a lower end acoustic hanging next to a breedlove of an Affinity strat next to an American Standard.

Which is really nice for everyone because people can find what they want.
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#7
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i went to guitar center first, and played the usual, salesman pitching a spider in the corner, old guitar vet playing a blues JR, and me trying to play a MIM strat with a broken input jack and horrible cable frizzing like hell on a 6505+ combo. tried 3 different guitars, all 3 played horribly, had sticky fretboards, and this schecter i swear had 11's on it and was tunes to standard and it was horribly setup.....

Haha... that's just about the perfect picture of GC right there!

I wouldn't hesitate to buy amps, pedals or other electronics from a place like Best Buy. But my local GC has a really good guitar tech. If I was going to buy a guitar I'd get it from GC just so I can have someone who actually knows what they're doing give the guitar a real setup. Can't get that at Best Buy...
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#8
Nah, I buy all my stuff from locally owned shops. You get better deals, the owners love guitars, and they usuallu invite you back for free setups and swag. I just happen to have a really legit one where I live, I got lucky like that. I'd encourage everyone to try and find a good local place for just about all they need.

Some won't have a huge selection, because let's face it, guitars are expensive. But they'll order and discount you books, accessories, mics, services, etc like mad to get your business back. I'm friends with 2 guitar store owners. One here in madison (Roc might know them, they're the small vintage shop by the barrymore) and one in Stevens Point (who gives me books for free everytime I walk in because I bought there for years).

No matter where you buy a guitar, it'll be the same guitar. The experience will be very different, though. Go local.
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#9
I wish I had a good local place around me. Sounds like a good experience, Rooster. Unfortunately Guitar Center owns the waters in this area...
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#10
Where do you live in Ohio? A good guitar shop is easily worth a trip to the next town over.
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#11
I also live in Ohio, I may be able to help you out.
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#12
I'm in the greater Columbus area (just south of the city). If you guys know of a good place let me know!
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#13
The Best Buy here has a nice music department. Its basically another store slapped onto the main one. I hate dealing with Best Buy and their computer people but the music section is a whole other ball game. The spikey haired kid they have in there seems to know his stuff, isn't pushy about anything, and they will match anyone's sale prices.

Also, because the music section in Best Buy isn't well known (I have 3 or 4 Best Buys by me and only 1 has this department) it isn't filled with pimply faced little douchebags trying to impress everyone with their poorly played Papa Roach riffs on cranked buzzy sounding over distorted Line6 amps, while looking around frantically to make sure everyone is checking them out. Or the old EVH wannabees and their poor renditions of Eruption... Not having to deal with that crap is reason enough to shop there.
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#14
I wanna go to Best Buy to see if mine has an iso room to rock on a JCM!!!!@#$@#$@!!@! That would be so Jizztastic.

Anyhow - My local store has a horrible selection. You can get any guitar you want so long as it reads Ibanez on the headstock. Because small stores don't stock a lot of guitars over $800. It doesn't pay to sit on 5 $1000+ guitars that you sell once every few months, and sometimes when you do its a custom order for a different finish.

Is there anyway to look up online if your Best Buy has an instrument department?
#15
The Best Buy by me pretty much has a shit music section. It's all sub $60 mega-no-name-chinese brand beginner guitars and microphones and Line 6 Spiders. The only quality thing I'd consider getting from them was a Boss Chromatic Tuner Pedal.

It also doesn't help that just 5 miles down the road from Best Buy is Alto Music, the best muthafvckin music store in the world.
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#16
Quote by 57Goldtop
Haha... that's just about the perfect picture of GC right there!

I wouldn't hesitate to buy amps, pedals or other electronics from a place like Best Buy. But my local GC has a really good guitar tech. If I was going to buy a guitar I'd get it from GC just so I can have someone who actually knows what they're doing give the guitar a real setup. Can't get that at Best Buy...


Holy Sh#$ your GC will do setups?? Is it free when you buy the guitar? The GC's here have never mentioned or offer to do that for me. Of course I can do it myself so I never asked.

ANYWAY to stay on topic. I was actually SUPER impressed recently when I cruised by the Best Buy music dept. but in general I say screw the corporate chains!! (I was only in Best Buy because a friend wanted to stop by there.) I shop local!
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#17
The Best Buy over in my area is pretty decent. Large selection of the standard guitars from Fender, Gibson, Schecter, and a few other brands. I've gone there to buy amps three times now and they've always been out of them except for the abused floor models which they only give you $10 off the list with no box, manual, or warranty/registration cards. I try to offer less, but they wont budge. Oh well.
#18
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Holy Sh#$ your GC will do setups?? Is it free when you buy the guitar? The GC's here have never mentioned or offer to do that for me. Of course I can do it myself so I never asked.

ANYWAY to stay on topic. I was actually SUPER impressed recently when I cruised by the Best Buy music dept. but in general I say screw the corporate chains!! (I was only in Best Buy because a friend wanted to stop by there.) I shop local!


the GC at next to me doesnt do setups...for anything. they dont have specified techs, but my friend payed an employee to re-head his drumset so yea....
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The only real answer to the SG vs Les Paul debate is to get a Flying V and laugh at all the suckers who don't have one.


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#19
The one by me has like 3 shelves with a couple Hannah Montanna guitars, first act strings, and some random cables.
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#20
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It also doesn't help that just 5 miles down the road from Best Buy is Alto Music, the best muthafvckin music store in the world.

****ing THIS. I'm in Syracuse and our Best Buy's "music section" is a shelf with 3 starter guitars and a busted keyboard.
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